Before I begin, raise your hand if you initially read the title as, “Instant Pudding”. I’m the writer of this post, yet every time I accessed the draft, I read the title as “pudding” instead of publishing. My apologies as I digress – right out of the gate.
Recently, The Good Greatsby (GG) left a comment about my post, There is no point, just a turkey: “Writing a post every day has been good in giving me a schedule and has helped me develop better writing habits, but I definitely wish I had more time to let my writing ‘breathe’. Once it’s on the screen it seems much more likely to be locked moving in a certain direction, but while it’s in my mind it keep evolving and evolving.”
I agree with GG’s comment. Writing on a regular basis has the potential to improve one’s writing habits. I also agree with GG, once the thoughts are typed out on the computer screen, the thoughts seem locked. Whereas when the thoughts are in one’s mind, the thoughts continue to evolve. Unfortunately, writing on a regular basis does not mean your writing will improve. (That thought is not directed to GG.)
I am nearing the end of my Facebook/Twitter hiatus. As I near the end, I find myself wondering if I will continue updating my blog on a regular basis. Will I continue to write, and will I generate quality posts? That’s not to say I have generated quality posts every time I’ve clicked “Publish” over the past 35 days. (For instance, my rant yesterday regarding Epsilon was not one of my best creations. My apologies for wasting your reading time.)
The thoughts and ideas churning in my mind will continue, whether I put the thoughts to paper/computer or not. Mentally, I believe I will stay in a better place if I release the thoughts through writing. So, the question becomes, “Do I share my creations every time I create?” I think the need to share will lessen, once I access Facebook. Facebook enables me to throw a quick thought out to the masses and be done with it. By the same token, a written out and fully developed thought posted in my blog may prove more therapeutic than a knee-jerk, quick thought.
Though I did not take the challenge myself, I’ve read several posts pertaining to WordPress’ Post A Day Challenge. Bloggers are struggling to write every day, and for some – the struggle leads to frustration. Challenging yourself to write every day is a good challenge. I am not questioning the challenge to write. What I am questioning is whether or not one should click ‘Publish’ every day.
Stop me, if I’ve written about this already, OK? My husband is a welder. He is not a welder by trade, he is a white collared engineer by trade. He welds as a hobby. When I met him, I encouraged him to open his own welding shop. He does great work, and his friends (and family) have hired him to make and repair various things. Still, Rob wasn’t interested in opening his own welding shop. His response to my encouragement was simply, “Welding is a hobby I enjoy. If I had to do it on a regular basis, it would no longer be my own thing, done on my own time and at my own pace. The joy would be lost.”
I agree with Rob. The minute something you enjoy becomes tedious, you risk losing the passion and drive. When the passion and drive are lost, one runs the risk of diminishing the quality of the product/output. Instant publishing is a wonderful blessing because you are able to share with others your work of non-fiction (or fiction). Instant publishing is a curse because the filter of greatness is skewed. Am I being to harsh? Remember, I fully admit to producing ca-ca yesterday. It happens.
I am an inquisitive person. (I’m also paranoid, quirky, freaky and mathematically challenged, but that’s not important right now.) So, the fact that my next question is, “What drives us to click ‘Publish?” should not be a surprise to you. In my opinion, what drives me to click “Publish” is to see what others think about what I’ve written. Do others agree? Does anyone relate? Will someone express their differing opinion? How many hits will I get today? Will I get more than yesterday?
Yes, one reason I click ‘Publish’ is to feed my need for stats. (For what it’s worth, I did get a 100% on a Statistics test in college. Stats following that test proved it was a fluke.) When my blogging stats are high, I assume I am producing good work. When my stats drop, I try to step back and take a look at the kind of work I am generating. Of course, you know what “assume” means. In any case, I need to focus less on the stats and more on the content. I will put forth a greater effort to allow more time for my thoughts to churn around in my mind. I will put forth a greater effort to let my thoughts and ideas evolve freely, before I confine them to a computer screen or piece of paper.
However, if I am cranky, all of the above is null and void. Sometimes I click “Publish”, because it beats slamming doors.