Rob Caron

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Blog like nobody's reading

Blog like nobody's reading

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"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." - Satchel Paige

I've had a lot of false starts when it comes to blogging. I think this blog marks my fifth or sixth attempt since 2002. Why such a lousy batting record? Well, for one, I'm a professional writer that has trouble writing. That sounds rather lame, doesn't it? Fortunately, the writing I do for a living is technical writing, which means I need not schedule an appointment with Mnemosyne or any of her daughters for creative inspiration. Instead, I schedule time with program mangers, developers, testers and the like. That's not to say I think technical writing is uninspired. I just don't want to compare what I do to the likes of truly creative authors, such as Gregory Maguire (btw, his brother, Joe, happened to be my officemate a few years back for a few months. Although he subsequently left Microsoft, I don't think it was because of that experience. I hope.). Anyway, I think the crux of my problem is that I have a bad habit of self-editing myself into writing paralysis. So, I've decided I'm going to blog like nobody's reading, which is probably not too far from the truth.

  • I'm reading your posts!!!! :-)
  • With such an interesting subject I'll bet everyone is now reading.

    For me the self-editing occurs usually cause I'm a slow thinker. Then while writing what I thought up I'll often discover that I'm countering my previous thought. Should this cause a "loop" I can find myself making a post for hour and ending up not posting anything. Not very often, but happens..
  • You don't even want to know how long I spent on that first post. Suffice to say, only three sentences survived from the first draft and they are all in the quote, which isn't mine of course.
  • I am reading yr posts.... (from the other side of the earth)
  • I've been there myself and I've had my own false starts, I just decided to begin everything again and forget about the rest, anyhow it's my own blog :p
  • Shhhh y'all! We don't want him to know we're reading or he won't be able to post like this any more. Now everybody be quiet. Geez.

    :)
  • good post.

    you've touched upon something that holds back people in almost every aspect of life. thanks.
  • Hi Rob, another approach you can take is to just post and force yourself not to make an update to that particular entry.
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