Do something else
“Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Yes, those of you who follow my other blog will recognize these words. But here we’re going to take a little different focus. As I have navigated the blogosphere and the world of internet writing, I have learned much about how writers think. Some of them put the above quote to good use and astound the rest of us with the amazing amount of things they accomplish , and accomplish well!
I suppose most of them started out just as I did, looking for a way to make money from home or use their talent for writing. However, some of them didn’t just dabble, they produced–prolifically (if that’s a word). I am more of a one-trick-pony and have difficulty managing too many things at once. Others (Ann Marie Dwyer comes to mind) make the determination that they’re going to make it and go after it with everything they’ve got. They do something. If it works they do more of it. If it doesn’t, they do something else.
I admire these people greatly, but I also recognize that I would not work well doing what they do. That’s OK, because I am me. We need
both. That doesn’t mean I can’t apply these words to my writing however. Writing a blog is the perfect place to apply them. A blog starts out with an idea in the mind of the writer. Sometimes, the original intent just doesn’t work. If the blogger keeps doing it, despite evidence of it’s failure, the blogger will remain obscure with few, if any, followers. But the smart blogger (writer…) learns. If something doesn’t work, the smart blogger does something else.
Of course, much of that depends on the blogger’s purpose in writing. Some may not care if others like what they do. Others may choose to keep doing what they know best and leave the results up to God or the readers. But for some, the blog will evolve as they try new things. I enjoy reading a blog that is eclectic or that evolves with the writer’s moods, needs, muse, or desires.
So, is your writing (in whatever venue) working for you? Is it doing what you want it to do? Is it working? Do you stubbornly hang on to things in your writing life (or elsewhere) that just no longer work? Or do you try new things? If you don’t try new things, why? Is it fear? What’s something non-working you can discard this week? What is something new you can try this week?
♦-♦-♦ Let the adventure begin!!! ♦-♦-♦
Do Something Else
by Angela Masters Young