NaBloPoMo: Does Navel Gazing Generate Energy?

Today’s topic is self-generated after reading a little online dialogue about the impact/value/merit of the NaBloPoMo exercise.

The question seems to be – does a writing exercise that may generate somewhat banal content have merit – does the content generated count for anything beyond the original experiential benefit of creating it?

I’m new to this writing exercise approach to life. Back “in the day” I tried to create original content on LGBTQ topics 7 days a week. I’m convinced this took a tremendous toll on my health and well being even though I created some mighty fine content on more than one occasion. And a lot of crap content.

So when I stepped back and wrote much less, I thought “a ha, I’ll be more likely to consistently produce good content if I focus less on on quantity.” That didn’t quite work out so much because I still ended up with a lot of well, crap. Perhaps more. Perhaps because I was growing even more ill.

Huh. Could the quality of my content be related to the quantity, the effort I was investing into gazing at my navel? (Aside – I first wrote “naval” which is sort of punny when you think about the repeal of DADT and the current Pentagon block of websites content I’ve created.) In other words, do I have to accept that a proportion of the content I generate is … useless? wasteful? ridiculous? … to achieve the sort of content that I’m striving to reach?

(This turned out to be a ridiculously long post complete with a video by a comedy troupe known a The Navel Gazers so follow along here if you'd like to read more.) 

More Like This

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.