I sat down today and got reminded by the fact that I was -still- the owner of this blog. It occurred to me that I had no idea what on earth I should be doing with the thing. Sad fact of the matter is that there hasn’t been a single post in this neat corner of the Internet for quite some time. One could just spend a long time debating the why, the how and the when of this fact, yet it’s one that I’ve found all too familiar.
Undoubtedly this is a familiar process many people suffer from. As long as something is new, and therefore interesting, it is worth investing time in. This changes when, after a given time frame, the newness starts to wear off. What was once interesting becomes a drag, dull, or even worse, an obligatory task that one must perform because of the assumed responsibilities you have gained in that brief period you were interested.
This manner of behavior appears to difficult to get out of, with as a result that you put off posting about the variety of topics that popped up in your head. Procrastinating is something many people are all to familiar with, and I’ve found that I’m quite the master at it. At the moment there are no less than four subjects right on top of my head that I wish to write about, but somehow manage not to.
This kind of behavior pattern is a problem that I wanted solved, because I -do- enjoy writing down these little thought blurbs of mine. I made the decision that it was time to look around the Internet to see what kind of ideas other people had on this particular topic. Inventing a wheel twice has always been something that I found a waste of time, far more easier to try and find practical solutions for a problem other people undoubtedly suffer from as well.
During my search I ran into this article written by Darren Rowse:
Plan your posting Schedule
In it, Rowse has a long story about how he eventually came to realize that to even out his output of articles he had to plan ahead. By planning his articles he managed to maintain a stable post count and did so while keeping an steady quality of written articles. I found this idea very intriguing, earlier experiences with ‘To Do’-lists have taught me that with physically writing things down one tends to be actually more inclined to perform the tasks written down.
Somehow a task that is written down is more ‘real’ than one that’s just floating around in your head. Making it harder to avoid doing it. It is my intention to try the method with my blogging habits and see how it pans out. Feel free to submit a comment or two if you feel that there are better ideas out there, or if you want to give your random thoughts.
Here’s to hoping that the advice actually works, and that I can do a write up of two to three posts a week.