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The Dusty Blogging Trail

My dog leads us on our walks running ahead sniffing the trail, she will then stop, and run back to get us.   It is in her world she leads one  step ahead of the other and makes sure we all get to our destination. Her nose is her instinct  to lead us in the right direction.

Blogging has been a similar journey sometimes I run two steps ahead and ready to share my thoughts with you.  Other times I feel two steps behind feeling like a smelly can of expired  ham.

I have a folder of posts that I  judge with my squinty eye “not quite”, “not good enough”, and” not for today.”

It is on my blogging journey  I need to find the key to  consistently move it along without battering the same subjects over the head.

I wonder when I look at my dog running ahead on the path does she question where she is going? Or is she truly a creature of instinct? All  I know is as  I move it along  I’m just trying to find my direction on this dusty blogging trail.

How do you find your direction on the blogging trail? Do you always follow your instinct?

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  1. I’m not sure mine is a good trail. I usually just wait for inspiration to come. I haven’t shared anything for maybe a month now. Although there’s so many drafts I haven’t posted yet and probably need editing. Time just isn’t on my side. Great post btw! I have a dog that does the same. 🙂

  2. So true. I have at least a dozen posts that I have written that haven’t “made the cut” so to speak. When I showed those rejects to the hubby, he thought they were great. So, I think it’s all perspective, and at the end of the day, sometimes we just have to go with our gut. Otherwise, we end up obsessing about one post for nothing. 🙂 Cute post idea, and again, I LOVE your doggie! She is such a cutie!

    1. Thank you! She is a real treat! I wish my camera was ready last night when she jumped on the table and took a sip of my coffee!

      It really is perspective and sometimes we are own biggest critic. Sometimes it is best just to follow our instinct and keep moving along 🙂

  3. I love the parallel you make between your dog and blogging.

    I believe it’s all about following your instinct, passion, & heart…

    That’s pretty much what he’s doing, too! xx

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  4. Belle,
    In my case, my mind never stops. I usually have a few topics scribbled in a notebook, with a few one-liners which give the tone to the post. Once I write them, I rarely look back, and I publish them. Only once in my very short blogging “career” have I gone back and trashed a post…
    Great post, Belle.
    Le Clown

  5. OK – I think you should publish that folder of yours… I don’t think that it is possilbe you wrote anything “not good enough…” you are so talented…. I write when I can find the time and save posts in a folder. Then I pick something to post that seems fitting for the week. I have my blog hops scheduled through Jully (I am hating that it is feeling like a job)

  6. great topic…as a writer i believe deeply in following instinct. to me it’s the reason i write, as I believe our instinct (unconscious) takes us to new and undiscovered parts of ourselves. however, i do believe our instincts are dramatically altered by our environments. i think my instinct to censor for the sake of making connections is stimulated by the blogosphere. i battle this reality, trying to figure out how to get around it. still working on it 😉

      1. Welll…i think it’s pretty hard to ignore one’s environment. I actually zoom in and focus close and then zoom out and get perspective, I try do that a lot. I have a new camera so my metaphors are coming from that that. I think angles are important, trying to see the same idea or object from a variety of vantage points. Slowing down helps a ton. Like you on your trail with your dog, wandering, sniffing (the dog did that, right?) waiting 🙂

  7. I love love love your egg cartoon humour… but it isn’t about what I like, it’s about what you love doing and sharing and creating. When it clicks for you, when it feels right, you’ll know, and I’ve a hunch I’ll like the result.

  8. Wow! I so enjoy reading everyone’s comments here, on how they find, or not find, inspiration to write. I, too, have about a dozen blogs started, by haven’t been inspired to finish. Some days I sit before my lap top working on two at once, bouncing from one document to the other, as in yesterday’s case. When suddenly, having falling down, moments before, I was inspired to write about it. And that was the one I posted.

    By the way, I LOVE the picture of your dog running. I, too, would love to go running there, right about now. It is open and fresh. Ahh!

    1. It is open and fresh! A really great spot to escape the city! She usually runs right to the river to go for a swim 🙂

      LOL. It`s funny when inspiration hits sometimes we have to fall before it hits us! Another hilarious post! I love it!

  9. What are you talking about 🙂 I always enjoy your posts … just do it 🙂
    Time is the only thing that is blocking my progress nowadays … I couldn’t believe that I have missed at least 3 posts which was never happened before simply due to lack of time … No time to think which translated lack of words …

  10. Good question. I usually trust my intuition about how & what to talk about on my blog. But I realize that we don’t blog in an empty space, so I try to do memes & other outsider-created writing opportunities, too. I want to connect with others in a way that makes them happy– but stay true to myself. Blog topics are always a balancing act for me.

  11. I have a rule that I blog every day. It’s a writing exercise for me. So, I’m always looking for something to write about. Some days are better than others, but it has forced me to see the world differently, and I like that.

  12. I love your analogy, it’ just right. The more you blog, the more issues which deserve reflection just come to light. I have a library of reference books to help on days the ideas just won’t flow. leafing through some dictionary of quotes or other usually leads to something.

  13. I always follow my instinct, bloggily. It’s the only instance in which I do.

    I would also suggest that you not be to hard on those posts that haven’t quite yet made the grade. I’m sure they’re better than you may think, and deserve to see the light of the internets.

    Best of luck =]

  14. I don’t follow instinct, I follow my interests. If I’m interested in something, it will be more interesting to readers. Who wants to read something that bored the writer to death?

    Fortunately, I’m interested in a whole lot. When I started blogging I was afraid I’d run out of things to write about. No problem so far!

    1. Hahaha! Love it! I have a lot of interests too but I think they are pulling me in thirteen directions. I have been puttering in the garden for most of the day and then has helped me get my brain back on track 🙂

  15. First, I love your post, your doggy and all the comments you receive…sometimes it pays to be late. Lol
    I find my blogging trail like Andra, to write everyday. I may not get time to post it but at least I know I wrote something.
    I am so grateful for the blogging community and I believe blogging has helped me to become more self confident and definitely more knowledgeable on many more topics.
    Thanks again! 🙂
    Have a wonderful week.

  16. I have a theme, Does This Happen to You, so that helps. I sit on the bus and think what bizarre experience did I have this week? Sometimes, I hear stories from friends that are perfect, too.

  17. When I write, it is a slow and difficult process – many times when I’ve completed a sentence I will realize with horror that a 1/2 hour has passed! I have to be careful when I choose a topic.

    However, sometimes I will see something, think a thought, and neither image will leave me be unless I stop to write about it. In other words, pull that arrow out, or every movement you take will remind you that it’s still there and – frankly – needs to be dealt with. So I don’t see instinct, but rather something more deeply-rooted that is engaging me.

  18. When I first started my blog Esteem Rising I didn’t know my voice. I was concerned about opening up the contents of my head for all to see and questioning whether I should keep it business like. My direction came when I took the advice of friends who pointed out I was holding back and so I dove in with voice firm and passion exposed. Undaunted by blog suggestions on the internet to ‘find your niche topic’ I elected topic diversity. Follow your instinct. The good blog posts are the ones you are most passionate about. What your dog is teaching you is if you sniff out a good story to share the curiosity is peaked. Everyone gets to follow down your path; that’s the gift you give us all.

  19. Right now I’m a can of smelly ham. I feel so out of it! I’m hoping to get my mojo back before BlogHer!

    1. I think sometimes it is good to take a little break and come back feeling refreshed 🙂 But I would definitely never compare you to a can of smelly ham! You are the blogger with the mostess!

      You are going to have an amazing time at BlogHer! I’m so envious! I bet your Mojo will be moving full speed after the conference 😉

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