Still No Decision

Every time I sit down to hammer out a blog post each Thursday evening or (more likely, Friday morning), it goes like this:

  • Check my list of “blog post ideas”
  • Stare at the empty white WordPress box awaiting my words
  • Shrug my shoulders

More often than not, I just come up empty.

This is what caused last week’s blog post to spring into being. I was happy to have a few people come out of hiding and leave an encouraging comment. But I still really haven’t come to any sort of decision. The dilemma is the same: do I post something half-hearted once a week or wait until I have something really worth reading and then post?

While I haven’t come to a decision, I have had a realization. And it’s not a new one either. We could even call it a re-realization. The problem with the blog is the same as my problem with everything: I don’t have A Thing.

Everybody successful has A Thing. Actors, writers, comedians, sculptors, the baker at your local grocery store. They all have A Thing. My problem is that I have Many Things.

If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, you know the 10,000 hour rule. If you haven’t read it (or even heard of it), here’s a great summary of it. In short, to become good at anything, you have to have 10,000 hours of practice.

That sounds like a lot, but it’s not. At eight hours a day, that’s less than three and a half years. But, honestly, spending eight hours a day at something that isn’t sleep or your day job is pretty difficult. If you get in a more realistic one hour a day, you’ll see this now takes 27 years.

And that’s just for A Thing. What if you’re interested in two things? Or five things? I’ll tell you what: you’re screwed. 🙂

If all I did was this blog, it would be the most awseomest blog in the whole wide world. But I have all these other competing interests. And all that is still on top of sleep and the day job, two things I’m not giving up.

Hmmm . . . what to do, what to do . . .

Ooo! I know. Go to work! I’m going to be la

2 Comments for “Still No Decision”

says:

For what it’s worth, I vote on tiny imperfect blogging over waiting for The Perfect Blog Post.

Also, you could blog about your multiple Things. As an option.

I do think blogging should feel like a very light obligation, but it’s one of those that is so easily fallen to the wayside and forgotten without minimal upkeep.

Less like a cactus and more like … I dunno. A daffodil. They don’t require a ton of care and they’ll keep coming up year after year, but you do need to make sure they’re not getting choked out by leaves and debris and other plants.

(Can you tell I did yard work this weekend? Because I totally did yard work this weekend.)

Charlie

says:

I’m leaning toward imperfect weekly blogging over sporadic perfect blogging. The main reason is, if I choose the latter, I know how that will go. Weeks and weeks between posts (and frankly they won’t be that much better).

I definitely wanted to blog about the Many Things when I started this, however, the Things are slow to materialize.

So, did you do yard work this weekend? I can’t tell.

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