I had no idea I’d get this far when I started. But here I am at the 200 blog post marker. I’m not sure if it’s a whoa! or a phew! moment. Either way, I’ll pause. Well for a moment.
In the beginning my goal was to write about my three month sojourn to Melbourne in 2004. I wrote posts about the work I was doing with Infoxchange and Vicnet, plus what I did in my weekends, which tended to involve a lot of cycling.
Since then I’ve some had lean patches (the longest gap was been about six months between posts) and some nice connections with the world. For the last two years I’ve been averaging a post a week.
At times I try to keep up to a rapid writing practice, but don’t always succeed. If I labour over a story it’s is no longer an informal, snappy post which tends to define the medium at it’s best.
At the same time, I use the process of writing as one of gaining insight into what I’m working on. Reflecting on a knotty problem or challenge, then trying to engage others in thinking creatively about how to respond is what I aspire to. Marketing whiz Seth Godin puts it this way:
It doesn’t matter if nobody reads it, what matters is the humility that comes from writing it. What matters is the meta-cognition: the thinking about what you’re going to say; how do you explain yourself to the few employees, or your cat, or whoever is going to look at it; how do you force yourself to describe in just three paragraphs why you did something; how do you respond out loud.
(from a YouTube clip Seth Godin and Tom Peters on blogging)
Allowing time to think about the stuff I write is integral to this blog. Some have gone so far as to grandiosely talk about ‘slow’ blogging, with a manifesto to wave around. I’m not so ardent, but I’m wanting to become more reflective in all aspects of my life including this writing medium. Easier said than done, as my friends will attest.
Whatever the pundits may say about Facebook, twitter and other mediums surplanting blogging (see “The long tail of blogging is dying”), I’m planning to stick around. I’ve got unfinished business – a dozen or more story stubs, people to talk to, DIY multi-media experiments to conduct.
Actually, thinking about it, I’ve only just begun.