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.) 

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