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June 17, 2005

The Blog is a Harsh Mistress

Ook, it's been 2 days since I posted, 6 days since I posted anything meaningful. Help! Gotta feed the machine...although with people reading via RSS, maybe it doesn't matter if I post every day? But I don't want to lose my stickiness for people who actually visit the site every day.

I work, I blog, and I write. I'm not sure of the priorities. I started blogging to hype my book, but I enjoy the community aspect of my blog, and blogging can also help my status at work, and eventually help drive use of my product. Writing (books and stories, I mean) may be what I enjoy most, but it takes a lot of time and is hard to get going with the fragmented time I have available. Much easier to blog, and blogging is writing also, right? Meanwhile my job lends credibility to the other two (at least for technical writing like my book), and gives me something to blog and/or write about.

Then over all that you have my family, friends, other commitments, which I can't neglect. Work of course gets a guaranteed 40+ hours each week carved out for it (except when I blog from work like I am now), which is probably out of proportion to the amount of satisfaction I derive from it compared to the other two (although I am enjoying my work at the moment). But of course work pays the bills for the family, whereas blogging and writing don't do much for them.

In my high school yearbook somebody wrote: "I thought and thought about what to write in my yearbook...then at the last moment I thought of writing this!" [note to the one high-school classmate I know reads my blog: maybe it was the year before, whatever]

Posted by AdamBa at June 17, 2005 12:03 PM

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Adam, you just descibed my morning. The blog IS a harsh mistress, I spend a good chunk of my morning working out what to post, etc.

Posted by: Larry Osterman at June 17, 2005 04:05 PM

Well, now there are at least two TMR high-school alums who read this blog :-)

Posted by: Val Bercovici at June 18, 2005 11:19 AM

Well, make that three.

Posted by: Elliott Simcoe at June 20, 2005 05:58 AM