Do You Listen to Music When You’re Writing Blog Posts? Try This Instead…

Are you the sort of blogger who works best with music blaring, or in total silence?

Perhaps you’re not sure yet. I know I’ve flip-flopped over the years about which I prefer.

On the one hand, music can be a bit distracting (especially if you have a tendency to sing along) but “silence” usually means being at the mercy of all the noises going on nearby: roadworks outside, the TV on in the next room, your colleagues or kids or housemates chatting …

One great alternative I’ve found is to listen to background noise. I’m particularly enjoying Noisli right now – a site (and iPhone app) with a range of different noises you can listen to, from wind and waves to coffee shop chatter.

The site aims to help you focus, by playing background noise that’s not intrusive or distracting. My personal favourite is the “leaves” sound, but you may find one of the others is a great fit for you.

For me, this is perfect for editing and proofreading – I find music much too distracting during those tasks. (When I’m writing a first draft, the music doesn’t seem so intrusive.)

If you prefer actual music, though, you could try focus@will, which promises “neuroscience based music channels” designed to increase your attention span. You can join for free, though you’ll need to pay in order to get access to more than one track per music channel.

Do you already use either of these, or something similar? Drop a comment below to let us know what works best for you.

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