When I first started blogging I had a few ideas but quickly ran dry. I usually use news articles or other posts as a seed of the idea I want to discuss. Some of these I can do relatively quickly but others I want to work through more carefully. So I replaced my manual list with WordPress’ drafts feature. So now I see something that tickles my fancy and scribble a few notes to myself, maybe a few sentences of the post, include of few URLs of what I was reading and maybe a few more I found with searches and then save as a draft. As a consequence I now have a backlog of 26 posts to do and I’m creating more ToDo’s quicker than I get them done (as I have always found with every ToDo list I have). So I’m certainly not going to run dry now, but who knows if I’ll ever get back and even do a third of that backlog.
As part of my effort I also started reading a lot more. I fiddled with a couple of syndication readers and quickly found myself overwhelmed. All of the comments or likes I get I follow up and often add these to my reader lists so that too is growing and now reading is taking so much time I have less for writing, not to mention all that reading is generating more of these embryonic posts accumulating in my backlog.
So I’m finding out first-hand how blogging can become an addiction, driving all other activities to the background. That’s fine for now, but at some point I have to find some balance. I also think this demonstrates that the more one puts into a task the more one gets out of it and so I’m actually surprised at how interesting this can be. There are some fascinating writers out there and as I read others I begin to realize how puny my own efforts are.
So another day, another zillions posts.