Trying to find something worthy to say

Something I have trouble with when it comes to blogging and Twitter is finding something to say. I sit there, aware I should say something, but nothing comes. Eventually it gets frustrating, and then I end up abandoning the whole idea. Sometimes thinking things is hard.

That’s a bit of a lie though, isn’t it? The average human has up to 50,000 thousand thoughts per day. That’s a lot of blog posts. We spent a long time evolving the filters to assess the relevance of each thought and stop ourselves saying most of the pointless rubbish our brains generate in a day.

Then someone invented social media, and all that effort went to pot.

There is an argument that places like Twitter provide a useful way of getting all that stuff out of our heads. In the same way crying is an exhaust system for excess chemicals in the brain, I’ve come to realise that perhaps social media can be a useful way of outsourcing brain power, and that my brain is full of things to say.

The problem isn’t – and actually has never been – a lack of something to say. The problem is the value I’ve been assigning to ideas. I’ve differentiated the thoughts that arrive in me old brain during the day from those I actively try to have. Surely I’m not capable of producing something interesting by accident? On the fly? (Interestingly, going back to the number of thoughts we have per day, it’s widely agreed that around 80% of those are negative).

I had put social media (blogging included) on a pedestal. But this isn’t the Sermon on the Mount. What use is a blog if you aren’t going to express your thoughts? And while I obviously want to say things interesting and relevant on my blog, I’ve realised I need to drastically reduce the admission price. I’d priced myself off my own ability to self express by valuing my thoughts too low. I didn’t feel like I had anything worth cashing in.

But my blog is for my thoughts. The bottom line is, I don’t have to earn this tiny part of the internet: it’s already mine.

2 thoughts on “Trying to find something worthy to say

  1. That can be see as being hard on yourself.. I am fitting into this category as well.. or I was.. well I’m not quite sure any longer lol!!

    Today, I had that hard time, telling myself that since my passion is about reading and writing.. I should do so. However, I am spending an awful amount of time on facebook reading everyone else thoughts and rarely sharing mine. I believe that we are influenced by what others are thinking. living, etc. and forgetting that social medias are just a summary for all of it… by comparing my thoughts to them, I find mine quite boring.

    However, I can’t get myself to expose negative ideas that will impact other people that are reading what I am saying. It is just a question of self-respect (I am speaking for myself, no judgment intend). I would not be adding to my self worth by saying something like : Single Gay Man that is working so hard on himself and feeling like nothing is working out.. I prefer go the other way: It is not how hard we work on ourselves that will be granting ourselves the desire outcome, but patience and dedication. It is all about feeling.

    Your post is inspiring and it made me smile today:)

    Fred

    1. Thanks for the comment, Fred. I’m the same with social media: I read what everyone else has to say, then assume mine isn’t as interesting. It’s probably worth noting though that being quiet in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What I decided to do, which seems like it would be good for you, too, is to stop try to second-guess how other people will react to my ramblings. We don’t have enough evidence to know what others will think of what we say, so instead to getting tangled up trying to work it out, just express yourself and see how others react.

      Hope you find the balance, and I’m glad to hear my post made you smile.

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