Posts by "Jon Berglund"

External Pressure. Internal Failure.

I’m not doing so well with this 30 day writing without editing effort. Anna and I are on vacation, and leading up to it, I had so much work to do, I had to let the writing go. Then I got sick. Yeah. You know. Right when you’re starting your vacation your body decides to get revenge on you for the past 6 months of stress. What is it about rest that seems to invite sickness? Why is that when you’ve been running non-stop, the… Continue reading

Back After a Short Break

I’m back. I’m only 6 or 7 days into this 30 day writing challenge, but I had a full weekend and needed to take a break. This is one of those lessons in life I’m constantly re-learning: it’s okay to fail and it’s okay to rest. But it’s incredibly difficult to not do something when you’ve committed to it. I’m constantly trying to perform, but what’s important is building the discipline, not trying to live up to other people’s expectations. The great thing about breaks… Continue reading

Importance and Urgency #writedontedit

One of the greatest hurtles for me in writing is the constant pressure I feel to do things for other people. Some of that pressure is really good. Doing dishes, changing diapers, cleaning the bathroom – these are all good pressures to care for the ones I love and to remember my life is not my own. But then there are those other pressures. You know. I need X report by tomorrow. I need you to call me back right away. I need…. Then I… Continue reading

Making Time to Write

Okay, here’s another post written way too late in the day. I’m really hoping to build a routine which would have my writing done by 8am – when I feel most creative. But, today’s a family day, and that takes priority. (Though, honestly, I spent most of the day working on some extra credit for my Greek class.) But how do you build discipline into your life when you’re decidedly not a disciplined person? How do you consistently write when consistency is not your thing? No… Continue reading

Work-Life Balance

It’s 10:40 PM, and I’ve not had a chance to write today. It’s probably not a good sign when, 3 days into a 30 day challenge, you can’t find the time to keep up. But I’m determined. The nice thing about not editing is that it’s fairly fast to write a post. If you recall, I’ve been trying to figure out what purpose this blog serves. Yes, I want to practice writing regularly, but more than that, I want to write something significant. I think most… Continue reading

On the Value of a Blog

I alluded to this in my last post, Write. Don’t Edit. Part 2, but supposing I build this blog around work and theology (or business and mission), what do I really have to offer the small community of readers who might be interested in the topic? I mean, what is the value of my blog? Is a blog just about posting content I think is interesting? Or is it driven by something else? Should I be pouring over pages of market research? Or conducting some kind… Continue reading

Write. Don’t Edit. Part 2

This is the 2nd part in a 30-day challenge to myself to write without editing. I’m trying to put aside my need to perfect what I say and simply say what I think. I realize what I’ve got to say may not be the most exciting thing ever, but hopefully as I keep writing, I’ll start getting to the more interesting stuff. The really challenging part now is “what do I write about?” Now that I’ve set the challenge, I’m in a bit of a… Continue reading

Write. Don’t Edit.

This is an attempt to write without editing. Editing kills me. I spend so much of my time re-working sentences that I consistently fail to deliver. I’m listening to Seth Godin’s Leap First on audio and trying to practice “just ship.” I’ve got so much I want to write, but I can never consistently write. I’m always wanting to perfect my writing before publishing. And because it never is perfect, I just don’t publish – I don’t “ship.” How do I become a person who doesn’t… Continue reading