For months I’ve been keeping a list of links to some sort of article (usually news) that triggers some ideas I’d like to use this soapbox to talk about. Fine. The trouble is my list gets bigger and bigger (like my todo lists) and rarely do I actually get back to those links. And when I do, whatever (to me) interesting thought rattling around in my head is now long gone. I think we (or at least me) react to tidbits in the news based on the zeitgeist of that moment, so the same tidbit evokes a completely different reaction, weeks or months later (of course that suggests, hold your tongue and age the thought a bit as a way to filter silly spur of the moment thoughts).
Anyway, I’m thinking I’d really like to process these tidbits in real-time. But how can I do that when I’m torn between: a) reading more tidbits, b) about a zillion other things on my schedule, and, c) when I do write working fairly hard to try to put together a mini-essay instead of a few random thoughts. These conflicting demands on my time just don’t work. And another factor, probably strange for most of you to understand, is that I’m not really “allowed” to do this blogging thing except when I can secretly get away with. So one tactic for doing my quick reaction posting (show the link, write a bit longer notes than I’m making now about my thoughts about the link) is to just leave a browser window open 24×7 and thus instantly be able to record the moment (of course, this ignores technical issues, like the computer is in one room and the idea-generating stimulus occurs in another, or, that machines, esp. Firefox now, crash, and, poof, my 14 hours of accumulating tidbits is now gone). But the real reason I can’t use this approach is my weird privacy requirement.
So, the best I can probably do is write a little mini-app of my own. Drop the url into it, maybe drop a few bits of the article’s text, and write my quick reaction notes. At the end of the day, go back, discard the really stupid stuff, clean up the “good” stuff, and generate a nice article on the clipboard just to quickly paste into WordPress.com.
Sounds good, now when will I get the time to do it?