Creating content is hard.
This is probably my fifth crack at trying to write an introductory post in the last week. I have a folder of Word documents that are the equivalent of crumpled up papers around a trash can. In previous attempts I’ve tried to set out the goals of this blog, what it will be, what it won’t be, talked about the blogs I hate, the blogs I like, who will be posting, why we’re posting, and… well it goes on and gets pretty silly. In the end I was ready to just troll “First!” and be done with it.
I shelved the introductory post last night and tried to write a regular first post instead. I went through the list of topics I had come up with last week, trying to figure out what a good first post would be. I categorized them: general, technology, thoughts, projects, and walkthroughs. I eliminated some of the categories as options since something like a walkthrough wouldn’t be a good first post… right? I finally settled on a topic. It was going to be great. It took a good hour to get a few paragraphs out, then I started editing the start before I had finished. After at least another hour I had rewritten the entire first half of a half-finished post and it didn’t make sense anymore; the topic had changed on me during editing. I think I had stumbled on the writer’s equivalent of “analysis paralysis” or something similar. Whatever it was, it was now midnight so I decided to pack it in.
Tonight was a fresh start. Forget the whole notion of planning what I’m going to write about. Why did I think the first post had to be something special? What did I want to talk about? What was the cool thing I wanted to tell someone or that problem I wanted to bounce off them in order to solve it? What had I done recently? What would I want to point at and share if someone was in the room with me right now?
And that’s how I wrote my first blog post… which follows this one… so my second blog post, which is really my first blog post, because I wrote this after. Dammit, you know what I’m trying to say! It’s early days, but so far I’m two for two using the stream of consciousness method. It’s a bit unrefined, but creating content is the hard part; everything else will follow.
As far as setting up what this blog will be is concerned: it’ll be whatever gets written.