Back when I used to run in road-races, I basically separated the races into two categories, those I ran for the hardware (i.e. trophies) (or to set a personal record) and those I ran for the T-shirt. You see, I determined that I could only wear the race T-shirt if I actually finished the race. When I didn’t feel I could run to my potential, I would be content just to finish — and so get the shirt.
I think I need to adopt a similar attitude to blogging. As I’ve been going through the papers in my apartment, I discover countless scribbled notes for potential posts, some which I have long since turned into actual posts, others which I have long since forgotten.
More often than not, when I come up with an idea for a post, I want to turn it into a more essay-like piece, a thoughtful examination and reflection of the topic at hand. Perhaps, sometimes, I need to write posts akin to the races I ran for the T-shirt where I just type up the idea as quickly as possible, more to get it done and out there than to express it as best I can. For even with the “T-shirt posts,” I would leave the comments section open, inviting discussion of my idea.
So, in the coming year, I’m going to try to do most “T-shirt blogging” where instead of working on turning an idea into an essay, a Op-Ed if you will, I do, as many bloggers have long been doing, and just say what it is I have to say, putting in only the effort needed to finish the post. Much as I once ran races, putting in only the effort I needed to finish.