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Message in a bottle

Jul 27, 2018

When I started this blog, I'd write quickly. When I was done, I'd press '"publish". (That's the button on Blogger that makes your post appear immediately on the web.) Part of the fun was the low effort it took to get a thought out there into the blogosphere. It was like sending a message in a bottle, but one with a chance of actually reaching a sailor in the internet sea. The internet is big, wide, far-reaching, but unlike the real sea, it's crowded with sailors. You, for instance.

But let me bring this back to the main idea. The fun wasn't just sending a message in a bottle into a big, crowded sea. It was the ease of doing it, and the fact that someone might actually read it. Efficacy with low effort-- a great combination.

Except it became more effortful over time. That's because I started proofreading and editing. I moved  beyond the point of just correcting errors, or fixing the flow of the sentences. I'd start wondering "How would this seem to Bob? What would Nancy think about this?" Someone writing a message in a bottle ("Help, I'm stuck on an island!") isn't likely to waste a lot of time proofreading and editing it.  Maybe that's because he actually has something important to say.  

Like everything else, you've got to decide when to let it go, when to press 'publish' and send it out to sea.


  1. I've tried a lot of different approaches to blogging -- each derived from one or another reason to blog in the first place. The one that seems to work best for me might not work best for everyone. But I now blog for the fun of writing followed by a desire to communicate. In that order. The first one is for me, the second one is for others. It's been working!

  2. It makes me think that in order to figure out 'how' to do something, it helps to get as clear as possibly on 'why' you're doing it.