Where are you when you write your blog posts?
I wonder if it matters.
I was thinking about some really “successful” well known women bloggers, like the Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman, Gina Trapani of LifeHacker, and JoAnna Goddard of Cup of Jo, and trying to envision their surroundings when they conjure up the stuff that millions of us end up reading every day.
Is location part of the magic formula for creativity?
Does it stifle brilliance if you’re on the sofa in your sweats?
Do our neurons actually fire faster if we’re dressed and at a desk in an office?
I’m an old Psych major and this is the stuff that grabs on and won’t let go.
I was able to get partial answers to 66% of my questions.
Those numbers won’t cut it in marketing, but in Psychology we are trained to cope with uncertainty.
Here’s what I found:
Ree Drummond has no specific post about how she blogs other than one on Blogging Tips which included NONE of the info I was specifically seeking. But, from several random posts I got the impression she writes from home and by channeling Sherlock Holmes I was able to deduce that she writes at a desk using a desktop computer rather than a notebook. Actually I just looked at the photo she used for her Blogging Tips post. In a section of questions from Readers she answered that she gets dressed and does her hair and makeup every day. Now that she’s on TV she can play Words With Friends and eat fried donuts while someone else does the heavy lifting in the hair & makeup department.
Gina Trapani of LifeHacker wrote a post called How I Work. This woman is a Blogging Hero in my opinion. She has an amazing skill set and her contributions to the web’s culture are deep and wide. Her blog is still up, but the last post appears to be in January of this year. Again, channeling Sherlock Holmes, the birth of Etta, her daughter, in 2012 may be a factor in the dramatic decrease of post activity. She may also have migrated to the new medium of Netcasting. She now co-hosts All About Android on TWiT.
In How I Work she reports having both a standing desk and the traditional sit down desk. I get the feeling it doesn’t matter what she wears or where she’s working. She fires on all cylinders regardless of the peripheral circumstances.
Joanna Goddard is the mind and wit behind A Cup of Jo. A woman after my own heart, she reports blogging from bed on a laptop. Her blog has diversity of content and I always find something interesting. I like the clean visual of her blog. It’s easy to navigate and I just like her writing style. I really enjoyed a Seinfeld clip she featured. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The addition of video really adds value to a blog. Makes me consider WordPress.org.
Here’s where I blog. I’m tucked away in a downstairs bedroom that faces our backyard and the Golf Course.
I use a 27″ iMac and I keep lots of post topic ideas tacked on a cork-board hanging on the wall.
I start my day by drinking coffee and investigating whatever’s rattling around in my grey cells. Then I start typing.
So what about you?
Where do you write your posts?
At a desk in business casual dress?
Or on the patio in shorts and a t-shirt?
Do you think your surroundings influence the quality of your writing?
How do you come up with ideas and topics?
And if anyone can tell me how to keep the text from wrapping around the photos I’d love to know before it drives me crazy!!!
In my next post I’m going to share my best cookie recipe with you.
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