Put the hours in; do it for long enough and magical life-transforming things happen eventually.
I was up all night (or morning) trying to come up with a crude podcast. After hours of trial and error, I think I’ve done it! Why did I do it, you might ask. Honestly, it’s a bragging right!!! Just kidding. Seriously, the technology is here to do podcasting (without the usual bells and whistles). I just wanted to figure how to do one using “crude” methods.
Since I started blogging, people had also been asking me why I blog. Why do I spend time updating this personal blog without the prospect of making money out of it. (I know some people who have). But the point is this: it’s fun to blog and to be part of what techies now dub as web 2.0. I must admit, I’m a tech junkie. I love technology and what it can do to mankind (woah! that’s deep). Blogging also helps me flex my writing muscle. I remember a friend quoting one local columnist about the secret to good writing is to write 1,000-word articles a day. I also remember science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury repeating such advice, but in his case, he suggested to write at least one chapter a day.
My mind races whenever I’m online. I find so many ideas, insights, and interesting stories that I often want to blog about. But I have to be picky or else I will have to quit my day job and do this full time, which I don’t think is a good idea. When I stumbled upon McLeod’s How to be Creative manifesto (thanks to Guy Kawasaki’s blog), I just wanted to shout Eureka! I’m no fan of how-to books ever since another author exposed the big industry behind it. McLeod, however, makes perfect sense.
Great ideas don’t have to be big. Sometimes they happen while your doodling on the back of a business card, as McLeod puts it. Thanks Hugh! I think what you’ve put into writing are some things that many of us have somehow known but have chosen to ignore simply because we’re chasing a pipe dream. We should stop running and start doing!
(Postscript: Thanks to Blogging Journalist and Munir Umrani for recommending this blog post and for the heads up. As Dory of the animated movie Nemo would say, “Keep on swimming, swimming, or should I say, blogging, blogging. heh.) š