Jan 23 2005

Finishing what you start

One thing I’ve noticed since I started blogging is that starting a blog entry is a lot easier than finishing it. There are plenty of things to write about and I find it pretty easy to start a new blog (I usually do this in my head first and try to think it through before committing it to paper). It’s a lot harder to finish them, however. My blog draft file is full of ½ completed blogs that are waiting for me to finish up. I’ve been thinking about this a bunch recently and trying to figure out if this is specific to blogging (or any forming of putting thoughts to paper) or if it is just a part of the human condition – something that we generally don’t notice since we’re not often presenting our ideas in an organized format (or without getting immediate feedback).  After considering this for a while and thinking about it as I sat through meetings and talked with people in the past weeks, I think that the answer is that this is not something that is specific to blogging at all.  Humans as a general rule are pretty good about coming up with ideas, but pretty poor at thinking them all the way through.  This isn’t necessarily a bad  thing– feedback from others on partial ideas often helps us think them all the way through.  That said, I think I’m going to try to effort to better think through (from start to finish) what I say before I jumpin with an idea.