Can I share something with you, dear reader?
I’d like to take you on a journey inside my imagination. Don’t worry - I won’t steer you to the weirder zones (even I don’t want to go there).
I see my own imagination as a universe teeming with ideas and thoughts hurtling around the cosmos, some of which take form and head towards a central point where they can evolve and hopefully make the transition from my mind’s eye to the real world, becoming a Word document, a comment in my notepad or an email to myself to store in my ideas folder.
The pinnacle of this evolutionary process is a blog post.
However, I sometimes have a problem – actually getting these ideas to evolve into something tangible.
Sometimes, I am delighted when I have a thought and convert into a blog post. Yet there are many times when I find it tough. Such ideas are quite good until the point when I try to put pen to paper and at that point they refuse to advance any further.
There are several reasons for this.
Some ideas seem great in my head yet but when converted into real words lose impact and refuse to progress any further.
Other ideas when reviewed at a later stage seem to be ridiculous and are cast back into my imagination in the hope that they can improve.
Yet more ideas are simply too weird to be cast into the limelight.
I equate the process as similar to trying to crowbar an elephant into a garden shed – pointless and impossible.
Yet, bizarrely, the more annoyed I am about an idea, the higher the likelihood that it will be cast onto the internet for you to read, dear reader. It’s almost as if my creative juices are fuelled by an inner rage. I like to think of this as my inner Hulk.
When the inner Hulk speaks, I stop worrying about how good or bad the post is and focus solely on getting all of the angry words down. As the thoughts cascade around my head and the volume of my inner ranting voice increases, I find that I type faster and before I know it I have a very crude blog post that just needs to be sharpened before publication.
And that worries me slightly.
By nature I am a very laid back person who doesn’t like to be angry. Ranting is therapeutic and helps to disperse the rage – which is a good thing. The problem is that this shouldn’t be the catalyst that helps an embryonic idea develop into a blog post.
I need another more inspirational method to be more creative. I have been exploring the options and there are definite ways to achieve this.
One other method that works is to be passionate about the idea. Regular readers will know that I pepper my inane nonsense with posts about music, something I like to do on a fairly regular basis to bore you into coma. While my inner ranting voice inspires me to write about things that make me angry, another inner voice – the Blind Enthusiast – pours out my inner enthusiasm in a similar way to the inner Hulk.
I reckon that if I allow the Blind Enthusiast to expand his horizons, more of my weird ideas will make it from my imagination onto the internet to bore you even more, dear reader.
With that in mind, I am apologising in advance for the posts that will appear over the coming months – starting with this one.
The Blind Enthusiast is currently in charge and raring to go.
Before I go, let me just ask:
How do you develop ideas into blog posts?
Do you have an Inner Hulk or Blind Enthusiast?
Are you as weird as I am?
Thanks for listening.