Why Bloggers Should Shower Regularly

by Ron on February 9, 2010

You may be wondering right about now, why I think bloggers should be cleaner than others, but I’m here to tell you, it’s because it’s where ideas are born. When you relax and open your mind, something wonderful happens. As that water rains down on your body, your mind clears and the ideas that have been locked away find their way free.

I’m a writer. It’s what I do, and I find ideas come at me out of nowhere all the time, but you don’t have to be a professional writer to experience this. You just have to be ready. The trick is to recognize the idea and respond, and never, ever ignore it. I’m still so pleasantly surprised when a seemingly spontaneous idea pops into my head almost fully formed. I’ve had it happen in the shower, emptying the dishwasher, out for a walk, in the car–any place my mind is open and the ideas are flowing.

But because I’m a writer I’ve trained myself to listen for these moments of clarity. You may be new to blogging or a regular blogger who struggles to find ideas. You just have to learn to look and listen and the ideas will come. They are out there all around you. You just have to be ready to detect them.

And when it happens, that magic moment, wherever you are, write it down, type a note or leave yourself a voice mail. Do something so you won’t forget. And pretty soon you’ll find that sometimes, when you get out of the shower, even before you dry off, you’ll find yourself sitting at your keyboard, writing that blog post. It’s why real bloggers shower regularly and write often.

Photo by Spring Dew on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.

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1 Ann Kingman February 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

I once had a special whiteboard and crayon that was designed to take notes in the shower. If you have a tiled shower, kids’ bathtub crayons work well — just write on the wall.

2 Julie February 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

Ann – I love that idea!!!
My ideas come in the shower sometime, but mostly they come when I’m running or rollerblading or however I’m getting my sweat on. For me, it’s something about the rhythmical movement of my body that unlocks my creative flow.

I’ve learned that if I’m 3 or 5 miles out and can’t get to a pen, I need to repeat the idea over and over and think of some interesting ways to remember it – so that it won’t be lost by the time I get home.

Great post, Ron.

3 Morriss Partee February 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

Great post Ron! This applies to anyone in a creative field, whether it be writing, music, art, business, etc.

Another thing to remember is to act on the simple ideas that seem obvious. The song “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney is one of those melodies that seems like it’s been around forever. Simple, straightforward, perfect. Good thing he jotted it down when he woke up with the tune in his head! It seemed too good; he thought he must have heard it somewhere before. But no, it was original!

4 Mary February 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

As both an artist and a writer on a lot of deadlines I have believed in this for a long time. There’s something about the flow of water that opens the flow of creativity. I also find walking helps. Probably any movement will do. Again, it moves us through whatever blocks we might be experiencing. It’s also good to get out of the house now and then….

great post!

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