I write, self-edit and publish most of my blog posts and short essays on my Mac laptop. I’ll find a one- or two-hour block of time and crank out a post, a few times a week.
However, I’m writing this post from my accountant’s office on my Blackberry, using my blog software’s new phone application. (I use WordPress, the best blogging software.)
I’m trying to write more while I’m on the go because I have fewer of those one- and two-hour blocks of time. Building our startup while raising two toddlers with two working parents has been intense. That’s left less time for writing and posting my thoughts than at any other time in my life.
Yet I consider doing so as important as ever. The discipline, no matter what I happen to be writing about, forces me to step outside of myself and assume a different, critical perspective. It also helps me to capture life’s little gems and “quirky Max observations and interpretations” that I don’t want to dissapear as a result of time and amnesia. I publish as much for myself as for others.
From now on, I’m going to try to think and post in shorter bursts. I am going to take advantage of impromptu sessions, like this one, in my accountant’s reception area.
But haven’t I always done this with my Twitter and Facebook updates? No. Those are short-form status updates. They are of an entirely different genre than longer-form essays, both in terms of process and outcome.
We’ll see how this goes. So far, I can tell you this method doesn’t come natural. Smart phones are more suited to short-form typing. It will take some time to get used to — and practice to be effective. Importantly, I’ll return to more significant, published posts, from my laptop, and add relevant images and hyperlinks. It’s not practical to include them when posting from a Blackberry, but they’re still hugely important.
With that, apologies for typos, grammatical errors and any other shortcomings.
(Photo credit: Roozbeh Rokni)