Blogging is Hard

When I started this blog, I wanted to do so for several reasons.

I spend a lot of time thinking, whether on the bus or while I’m sitting around – I’d give you an example of the things I think about, but you can just read this blog to get an idea. So the main idea of this blog was to write what I think; those ideas that I have.

I wanted to do this for two reasons, the first is that I think my ideas might be worth sharing; I want to contribute at least a little, and I think this is a good way to do it.

The second is two flesh these ideas out. As long as an idea is in my head, its kind of jumbled up; I have a habit of quickly moving from one idea to another, and while I don’t necessarily think that those ideas are bad, writing them down often helps to make them more concrete. Looking closer at these two reasons, there appears to be a bit of a paradox.  One is self centered (but for the benefits of others): based on the idea that the whole world is just waiting to hear what I have to say. The other is selfish: I am blogging for myself (to help me formulate my ideas, in this respect I don’t really care about the reader), yet in this reason am I respecting the reader more?

Anyway, back to the subject of my blog.

One thing I wanted to do was to update my blog every day. I’ve not done so perfectly (I’ve missed a few days), but I have been faithful enough that the benefits of blogging every day still apply. But I’ve found that the more I blog, the harder it gets to really write about thing s succinctly. Yesterday I wrote 2,500 words comparing Hillary Clinton to Optimus Prime (well, not really), today I wrote 3,000 words talking about the Fermi Paradox. That is a lot of writing.

Every November, some of my friends take part in a what is called the National Novel Writers Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The idea is simple, to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. It is somethign that they value doing and I’d hate to hold it against them. But they are miserable during the duration of it. And how much do they write? Well, doing the math, we can see that it comes to 1,666 words a day, quite a bit, but today I’ve almosted doubled that. Anyway, I’m sure that evenening everything out I may not get to 50,000 words a day, and in my opinion writing a single coherent fiction novel is harder than writing 25 or so independent essays. But anyway, my point is that I’m writing a lot.

I need to work on several things with this blog, most notably splitting out my posts into multilple pieces. There is no reason that I couldn’t have split the Fermi Paradox post into 2 or even 5 pieces (even though I’ve already split it into 3 pieces, thats right you’ve got at least 2 more epic masterpieces coming your way!). I’m trying to put my thoughts into writing, to make the abstract real, but, well, it’s starting to get out of control.

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