Blog like nobody’s reading

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." - Satchel Paige

I've had a lot of false starts when it comes to blogging. I think this blog marks my fifth or sixth attempt since 2002. Why such a lousy batting record? Well, for one, I'm a professional writer that has trouble writing. That sounds rather lame, doesn't it? Fortunately, the writing I do for a living is technical writing, which means I need not schedule an appointment with Mnemosyne or any of her daughters for creative inspiration. Instead, I schedule time with program mangers, developers, testers and the like. That's not to say I think technical writing is uninspired. I just don't want to compare what I do to the likes of truly creative authors, such as Gregory Maguire (btw, his brother, Joe, happened to be my officemate a few years back for a few months. Although he subsequently left Microsoft, I don't think it was because of that experience. I hope.). Anyway, I think the crux of my problem is that I have a bad habit of self-editing myself into writing paralysis. So, I've decided I'm going to blog like nobody's reading, which is probably not too far from the truth.

Comments (12)

  1. I’m reading your posts!!!! 🙂

  2. Joku says:

    With such an interesting subject I’ll bet everyone is now reading.

    For me the self-editing occurs usually cause I’m a slow thinker. Then while writing what I thought up I’ll often discover that I’m countering my previous thought. Should this cause a "loop" I can find myself making a post for hour and ending up not posting anything. Not very often, but happens..

  3. Rob Caron says:

    You don’t even want to know how long I spent on that first post. Suffice to say, only three sentences survived from the first draft and they are all in the quote, which isn’t mine of course.

  4. Sanka says:

    I am reading yr posts…. (from the other side of the earth)

  5. Antonio says:

    I’ve been there myself and I’ve had my own false starts, I just decided to begin everything again and forget about the rest, anyhow it’s my own blog :p

  6. Shhhh y’all! We don’t want him to know we’re reading or he won’t be able to post like this any more. Now everybody be quiet. Geez.


  7. ian says:

    good post.

    you’ve touched upon something that holds back people in almost every aspect of life. thanks.

  8. William Luu says:

    Hi Rob, another approach you can take is to just post and force yourself not to make an update to that particular entry.

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  11. Rob Caron says:

    Two years ago, I started this blog with the intent that I would blog like nobody’s reading. At…

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