How to write a blog post

Blogging is heaps of fun, but it’s hard work sometimes. Can we make it easier?

Last time, I introduced Do It Badly, a strategy for curbing perfectionism and getting ideas on the page. That’s a great start, but it can leave you with a mess of ideas to sort through.

As I was writing that post, I realised that if you’re going to Do It Badly, it helps to have a process or template to follow. That way, when you’re Doing It Badly, you’re moving towards your goal and not in a random direction. Call it Directed Do It Badly, if you will.

So to that end, here’s a guide to writing a blog post. I’ll be using this very post as a worked example. M E T A . Continue reading “How to write a blog post”

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Introducing sunshineintensifies.com!

It’s been almost two months since I dipped my toe into this blogging thing. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into – I still don’t, really!

I honestly thought I’d be out of motivation by post number ten, and this hobby would flame out like so many others. But, no! The words are still flowing, the notebook is filling with ideas and drafts, and there’s plenty more I want to share with the world.

So I’ve decided to wade in a little deeper – up to the waist, I guess! To that end, I’ve sent some money over the internets (gasp!) and upgraded this blog.

What does this mean?

I want to say a huge thank you to my online community for your support. I’ve learned so much already, and I’m convinced that this is the right thing to do. And I’ve discovered that writing is surprisingly therapeutic – which means I’m not likely to stop any time soon!

Here’s to the sunshine. Long may it intensify! ☀️

A is for…

I take a pill to help me through the day

I stay inside until I feel okay

– Ladyhawke, Anxiety

 

Hi, my name is Evan, and I’m anxious.

I don’t mean I’m nervous about publishing this post. Well, I am, but it’s not just that. What I’m talking about is…

Anxiety.

Constant low-level fear, anxiety.

Freak out in a crowded supermarket, anxiety.

Hide in the bathroom while I have a panic attack, anxiety.

But you know what? In spite of this, I’m having the time of my life. That’s why I’m writing this blog – to show how good life with anxiety can be.

It’s a reminder, for the hard times, that it gets better. That when the storm passes, the sun comes out again.

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[sunshine intensifies]
I need reminding of this once in a while. Maybe you do too. I hope this helps.

Unfortunately, anxiety doesn’t go away. That’s not how it works. It’s part of who I am, and I’m okay with that. But I won’t let it take over.

I am more than my anxiety.

You are more than yours too.

 

There’s joy not far from here

I know there is

This isn’t everything you are

– Snow Patrol, This Isn’t Everything You Are

 

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A is also for About. Check out my new About page!

First light

Good morning, world!

I’m Evan. I’ve been on a self-improvement journey for six months.

In the coming weeks and months I’ll share my experience. How I got here, what I’ve learned, and what I’m doing to bring joy to my life.

It’s a new day.

The sun’s coming up.

And I invite you to join me as the sunshine intensifies.