Allow me to introduce Shelley, one of my mother-in-law’s dogs. Sadly she is no longer with us, but we used to love going on long walks in the Lancashire countryside with her, and as long as she didn’t encounter any livestock to chase, or any cowpats to roll in, it was thoroughly enjoyable.
So how does a dog tie in with blogging? Take a look at item 6 in this post http://fairyblogmother.co.uk/6-ways-to-find-inspiration-for-your-blog-posts which suggests taking your dog for a walk to gain inspiration. This has certainly rung true with some people, particularly dog owners, so it is worth highlighting this idea again.
Of course, it needn’t only be walking your dog (though answering to their needs is always a good excuse to down tools and get out for a bit of fresh air). I go running most mornings to try and get a bit fitter and lose some inches, as being a blogger sitting down all day in front of the computer does nothing for my general health.
This is valuable thinking time. It’s not worth forcing yourself to stick to a scheduled thought pattern, as the effort of running up a hill will wipe it clean from your memory. Just let your mind provide its own agenda, and the most amazing things will pop into your head – some good, bad and downright annoying! If you can, find the earliest opportunity to write them down, to prevent the most fantastic idea you’ve ever had from evaporating away.
Of course aerobic exercise will drive oxygen to your brain to help clear it from extraneous material – literally brushing away the cobwebs. “A change of scene is as good as a rest” is a well-known quotation, and sometimes it’s worth putting an idea into your head and then going out to let the subconscious take over. If sleep eludes you because of a good idea, write it down to look at it again in the morning, allowing your brain to rest and work its magic once more.
And the idea of writing draft posts as a dumping ground for your thoughts and observations is another example of clearing the decks to allow your posts to develop and mature away from the computer screen. Not everybody has the ability to ‘just type’, and certainly it has been proven that immediate posting is not always a good idea – notwithstanding spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, but a turn of phrase or a particular word could cause offence or construe to a different meaning.
Hey, you could go running with your dog – good exercise for him too! Let’s hope one day I won’t be regularly disgraced by being passed by two older, fatter ladies happily chatting to each other as they jog along, while I lag behind red faced and puffing…