Finally Entering the Twenty-First Century – Kind Of

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For years I’ve been asked if I write a blog.

“No,” say I.

“Why not?” asks interrogator.

“Cuz,” say I.

Ooo.  How profound.

In truth, it’s because I wouldn’t make enough time for it. I was also concerned about making sure everything was perfectly and professionally polished. And I didn’t want the pressure of sticking to a schedule. And how would I keep coming up with original content about organizing and productivity?

I also thought, “Who the heck has the time to read what I have to say?”

With the publishing of my book, I’ve been pushed harder to have a blog so people can get to know me. Plus, during conversations, friends and business colleagues have often pointed out, “See? You could blog about that!” OK, OK, I get it.

And I recently looked at some blogs out there. Some were fascinating and others were mundane. And no matter what the quality was, people had loads of comments. So I guess there are people out there who might actually read it.

So, I still won’t text or use a DVR, but I’ll start blogging. And here are my self-imposed rules:

1. I’ll run spellcheck, but I’ll post in my voice and not edit for journalistic quality. The recovering perfectionist in me wants to take out all of those “and”s but I’m going to rebel against my brain and let it slide.

2. I’ll stick to organizing and productivity as often as possible, but if I feel like talking about a great resource that I found that is not related to that subject, or I want to talk about one of my passions – travel, food, movies – I’ll post anyway.

3. I’ll cheat and occasionally invite guest bloggers to do my dirty work.

4. I won’t have a schedule.

5. And no more rules.

Whew! Now that I’ve let myself off the hook by totally lowering the bar, I don’t feel any pressure. Hey, I’m excited about this!

 
8 Comments
  • Alicia Arenas
    Posted at 08:37h, 31 October

    Congratulations Helene! Being your “un-edited” self is what blogging is all about. I’m looking forward to reading your posts and learning how I can organize my world a bit better. I also can’t wait to read about your adventurous and foodie side.

    • LivingOrderSA
      Posted at 20:03h, 03 November

      I probably shouldn’t be completely un-edited. Cuz you know how I can speak at times! Heh heh.

  • John Trosko
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 November

    Helene! Welcome to the wide world of blogging. I cannot wait to hear what you have to say, and I know it’s a great deal. Congrats and just talk from your heart, and your expertise!

    John aka OrganizingLA

    • LivingOrderSA
      Posted at 20:01h, 03 November

      Thanks for the advice, John! And you know I can’t stop talking – especially over breakfast at the old Helm’s Bakery! 😉

  • Denise Sample
    Posted at 14:01h, 03 November

    I am so excited to start reading your blog, Helene!!! And congratulations it’s a REALLY hard thing to do. (Which is why I haven’t started!)

    PS – I’m going to start texting you immediately, if not sooner.

    Welcome to the future!

    Denise

    • LivingOrderSA
      Posted at 17:41h, 03 November

      Thanks, Denise! Believe it or not, I don’t have a texting plan. I didn’t have one when I first started using my phone, so I’ve never added it on.

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