No diagnoses & no solutions – I'm a bad blogger
February 11, 2008
Blogging has been lite the past few months. Due in some part to other commitments and due in no small part to a degree of disillusion on my part as to what I have to offer in this medium. If I pay attention to how it ‘should’ be done I would regularly offer 10 Tips to Success/remedy/sorting your work and life out and continue in the vein of so many established bloggers by generating a problem/syndrome and offering a remedy.
My disillusion and my increasing optimism comes from knowing that life isn’t that simple – if only it was. If only I could diagnose in 5 minutes flat and quickly write a prescription that would make it all better. I see so many consultants falling into this trap in the work world and then watch them wonder why there is so much cynicism about the profession. Over promising and under delivering is the consultant’s syndrome. I see so much of it in the blogging world as well – bullet points, simple solutions, increasing helplessness on the part of those of us who simply ‘don’t get it’ and the roundabout goes on.
I’ve fallen into this trap myself – I do have ‘rules‘ of a kind but I tend to play fast and loose with them – perhaps I’ve adopted the lingo of the blog world in an attempt to slot in? But increasingly I’m uncomfortable with it and as a result my blogroll will undergo a massive spring clean in the next week or so. My increasing optimism comes from wanting to put down the burden of writing a ‘useful blog’ and giving myself the freedom to think about abandoning this space altogether – I’ve no plans to quit just yet – but thinking about it has certainly fired the creative juices again. Perhaps I’ve ignored my meta rule which is – work with what’s staring you in the face instead of trying to ignore it’. So no quick diagnoses or solutions to be found here … I eschew the bullet points ..and I invite you to slap me on the wrist if I fall into complacency mode in 2008.
Edit: Matt, of course, got here before me …
Further Edit (thinking out loud) of course this really is a cry for help on my part – I want a simple 3 step plan to solving this dilemma I find myself in – all answers on a bullet pointed post card please.