I started writing a blog ten minutes ago about feeling nauseous and stuff, but it sort of snowballed and now it looks a lot more like a post about America's declared fundamental rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, specifically that third one, and how I think its implications contradict some of the current popular philosophies of governance in the US. So, I've saved that one as a draft, and decided to relegate it to a future as a longer post for Serious Business Blogging. What I'm going to talk about instead is the thought process that led me to that decision.
At first, I was thinking that this post would just slightly touch on some of these ideas, mostly focusing on existential commentary and personal exploration. But once I got started, I realized that I wasn't going to be able to say what I wanted to say in a clear way without dedicating a bit more page space to it, and I liked what I was saying, so I kept going.
Then, about three paragraphs into the L,L&P/H section, I found myself struck by the realization that the first half of the post didn't fit at all with the second.
I'm going to make an entirely un-shocking confession here: Because I don't always have a lot of time, I don't always put a lot of effort into making these posts the best possible posts they can be. More often than not, in fact, very little is changed after I type out the first draft. I mostly edit as I go, trying to get a feel for how much I've said and how much I need to add.
But that post, I realized, I wanted to be clear, compelling and persuasive. I wanted it to be, like, a good piece of writing. But to achieve that, I'm going to have to take it through a process of extensive editing. What I'm trying to convey isn't easy to say, and it's resting on the fine line between preachy and unclear. I think I can manage to walk that line, but I know I can't walk it in a first draft.
This is something I like about my decision to set aside a day for Serious Business Blogging. It gives me a reason, and a deadline, to really crank up the production quality on my posts once a week and push myself to blog better. It also gives me something to do with my posts that I realize are starting to turn into more-than-a-day's-worth of project.
Unfortunately, it also apparently leads to a bit more metablogging.
Talk to you tomorrow.