Nothing. (Blogging and lessons learnt)

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I actually have nothing to talk about today. I knew the well of subject matter would run dry at some point this month. I hadn’t figured it would happen after the first week. There was a contingency plan in place for this, and that was to write an introspective ‘What I have learnt so far’ post. This makes me feel like the MC at a concert after having been signalled to by the roadies that I need to fill an hour. My concert would be similar to a Nickleback one though.

You might have already noticed I’m big on reflection, and always trying to extract a lesson to be learnt after experiences good or bad. St Kilda losing two grand finals back-to-back still has me scratching my head. Anyway, here goes.

  1. I’ve explored various writing styles with each post thus far. Statistically speaking, provocative tone positively correlates with page traffic. I now understand why technology commentators (who get paid per hit no doubt) slag off nearly every single Apple product launch.
  2. It’s no surprise that feedback from various online sources has been distinct. I view my twenties as a decade long self-funded market research campaign. And I feel I have a greater understanding on the differences between Facebook, Twitter, Hacker News, Reddit and Digg. I may elaborate further on this in a future post.
  3. The more spontaneous posts have been less gruelling.
  4. Posts evolve. Why WordPress (or any blogging platform for that matter) puts the title input box above the article textarea is beyond me. Writing is different to thinking. You start writing about something, and it triggers thoughts that digress. (using the word evolve just bought this article an extra thousand hits as provocation against creationists)
  5. Getting things out there is better than keeping them inside.

One of the big reasons I’ve held off blogging for so many years was that I wasn’t sure what topic I would stick to. My favourite blogs had rigid topics; satire, coding or photography. Like the articles in those blogs, I wanted my posts to be thought out pieces that would stand the test of Internet time. I’ve since realised the crux of my participation in this blog-each-day-of-march challenge was to get things out there and to stop over-thinking it.

Done is better than perfect

It’s hard to know how everyone else is wired, but this is very much out of my comfort zone.

To my future me, that will no doubt be reading each and every one of these post at month’s end, it was a struggle to write something tonight. But I was able fight the urge to regurgitate a TED talk and actually write about nothing.

P.S. Another thing I learnt is don’t post a facebook status questioning the timbre of this Kony 2012 movement. Fuck me, I had every single social circle in my life at each others throats in the comments. Google plus would of blown it’s o-ring.

  • Peter Wearne

    If that’s writer’s block,your Mum and I await with serious eagerness what we can expect when you’re hot Dan. Much pride and happiness at home on reading the bit on Phil derived from meeting those triplets triplets.Bless you. 23 March ’12 ideas to go?….easy!  Love Dad.