Thursday, October 19, 2006



For a while, I had been jotting down potential blog topics in Outlook via TEO (http://www.tabletoutlook.com/). But l realized I only got back to a handful of them, so I started creating Windows Journal documents for each idea. That way I'd at least have started them and could quickly bring them up in My Recent Documents list. Turns out that's not working so well either. The issue is not that I'm overlooking these ideas, but rather I throw out more ideas than my level of interest can sustain.

New ideas generate immediate interest that can carry me through even crappy ideas if I have the time to pursue them on the spot. However, most of these ideas are passing whimsies that lose value like a new car driven off the lot. The exceptions are those ideas that start slow and build over time. Like a tumor, such an idea grows and mutates in the back of my mind until it becomes strong enough to be extracted and survive on its own as an independent mass of pulsating gray matter.

Okay, maybe that analogy isn't quite accurate but often I have ideas that develop and grow before I write them down. These survive better over time than the neuron sparks that come and go like lightning and are now littering my folder of blog topics.



CateGoogles: Ink Blogging
Mood = bemused

Land of Half-Finished Thoughts


2 Comments:

  1. Personally, it's one of the most healthy things to immediately write down ideas that pop into your head, no matter how insignificant. I've found that more often than not, they tend to come back around and develop into something significant and worthwhile to pursue or write about. My personal favorite is carrying around one of those small, black pocketbooks and whipping it out when the time comes. You use other things besides your tablet for such purposes?

    Timbo

    By Anonymous timbo, at 10/20/2006 06:43:00 AM
     

  2. Sorry I miss so many of your questions Timbo. My opportunities for interaction are few and I write most of my stuff offline. But to answer your question, if I have an idea and no time to write it down, I record it on my Pocket PC and get back to it later. I tried the audio blog route, but I have a voice made for ink blogging. :)

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 10/24/2006 03:02:00 PM
     

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