Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The blogging mirror

I'm on my second week in Manila, away from the comfort of the usual routine of home. As always, when I'm away, and despite the availability of a network, my blogging usually takes a hit. It's not that the facilities aren't there -- goodness knows I tried working offline, but it just doesn't take.

And as usual, it takes a post about blogging to get my writing gears back in working order.

As you might already know, one of my resolutions this year has been to blog daily. I've been fairly consistent, I think, barring some hiccups like what I'm going through now. And I think that tells me something about myself:

I'm a creature of habit that depends on a familiar environment to get any work done.

I suppose that's both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because I'm conscious now of when and how I work; it's good because I can take advantage of that when I really need to buckle down. But it's not quite so good from the point of view of flexibility.

Which probably means that I have some new habits to learn.

Another realization: I meander when I 'work.' That means I give in to so many distractions, usually before I actually get to writing; and in some cases when I come to a point where I'm stuck. I visit other blogs, I go to Slashdot or to News.com, I pull up a webcomic, or I revisit some other problem that I'm working on.

And if I can't get my distractions? Then I can't work. Groan.

Now I wonder if I can chalk this up as part of the creative process? One thing for certain, though: it's a habit that I have to break.