On blogging and keeping a diary. Plus one more reflection on telling people that they could have it even worse. | 546
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Diary of an artist, Friday, July 17, 2020
Woke up 4:30 am
Today I publish two diary entries — from yesterday and today.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
This is very important for people who publish their stuff online. You don’t need to do it daily. If you don’t have enough time to blog daily, don’t beat yourself up that you don’t blog daily.
You probably write or make your other content daily or almost daily.
This is an advice for those who write or make their other content daily (with very few exceptions — they could count the days in a year when they didn’t write or make their other content on the fingers of their both hands), but found out that writing or making their other content daily is not the same as blogging / adding their work to some online depository daily. Maybe they have written some piece but they need time to read it again and think about it / think it through. Maybe they think that they should work some more on that piece. Maybe they’re not sure if what they’ve written makes sense. Maybe they’re not sure if it’s really readable. Maybe they’re not sure about the use of certain words or sentence structure, or something like that. Maybe they would like to check something (do some research) before they publish the piece. For those people is this blogging advice.
If you don’t have enough time to blog daily, don’t. And don’t beat yourself up that you don’t blog daily. Blog (publish your writing) every other day or every third day. That’s OK. The world will not end or collapse because of that. If you write a diary use the same method. Let’s say you have six diary entries in a single week. You don’t have to (there is no obligation) to publish them daily on the days when the entries were written. You can just as well publish them twice a week, each time as a collection of your three recent diary entries — you publish them in a single blog post but you present them as separate diary entries.
That way you can still keep your diary. Only the diary entries don’t appear on your blog daily.
Friday, July 17, 2020
Had this important reflection yesterday. People who argue that telling someone that someone else has it even worse than he or she does, or that this person could have it even worse than he or she currently does is a terrible thing to do, and that it can’t help such person (it won’t solve this person’s problem), forget to mention how thinking that your problem is worth worrying about and telling yourself that you have every fucking right to feel the way you feel about a certain thing (that something is a legitimate worry/ problem even when you are the only person who sees it that way), that nobody should tell you what is and what isn’t a “real problem” is gonna help solve any problem.
They won’t tell you that because they can’t. They don’t know how it is going to help solve a problem, because it doesn’t even have a potential to do that. It also doesn’t have a potential to make a problem go away (disappear), whereas telling someone that this might be some petty nonsense he or she is worrying about actually could make this problem disappear, which means that the thing (problem) which needed solving will cease to exist.
Merely telling a person, on the other hand, that he or she has every right to feel the way he or she is feeling right now / to have this worry / problem / feeling, will only strengthen this person’s conviction that anything (petty nonsense or not) is always worth worrying about / treating as a legitimate problem to be solved / loosing one’s sleep over it. Which is ridiculous!
Stuff I’m currently reading:
Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short (on Scribd).
POPism: The Warhol Sixties by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett (on Scribd).
Audiobook: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948 by Madeleine Albright (on Scribd). Didn’t finish it and stopped.
The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society and Its Future by Ted Kaczynski (free PDF)
Audiobook: How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by Ece Temelkuran (on Scribd)
Audiobook: Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–62 by Frank Dikötter (on Scribd)
Audiobook: Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss (on Scribd)
Kafka: The Early Years by Reiner Stach (on Scribd)
Music for this writing session: Frederic Chopin (on Spotify).