On Writing Faster and More Frequently

I’ve been experimenting with a new process for writing entries for this blog.

I used to mull over them for several hours, writing and rewriting each until it was somewhat more refined. This included hunting for photos, changing up the formatting, editing for clarity, etc. As a result, the finished products looked nice, but took so much time that I began putting them off.

Eventually, I found myself favoring Twitter over this blog. The barrier toward writing was much lower – just type out 140 characters and hit Send. How could a 3-hour blog entry compete over a 30-second tweet, when you have a hectic schedule? It can’t.

However, it’s difficult to express a full range of thoughts in 140 characters. So for longer thoughts and opinions, I’ve decided to return to this blog and lower the barrier to blogging.

I ride the bus every morning. That’s about 30 minutes of time to write. Or read, when the mood strikes me. So now I compose these entries on my iPhone. I write the entries in the good ole Notepad app, then copy and paste them into the WordPress app. I add some basic HTML formatting, and that’s about it.

What used to take 3 hours now takes 30 minutes. As a result, I find myself more willing to write. Perhaps the entries aren’t as refined as before, but at least I’m writing again. And that’s the goal – to keep this blog alive.

I decided to share this story in case you’ve got the same barriers and limitations I do. Sometimes, all it takes is a new method that lowers the barriers to blogging.

Author: Mike Lee

An idealistic realist, humanistic technologist & constant student.