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NerdThunderDome: Three things you don’t want watch get made: Sausage, Laws, My Blog Posts

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love to have my opinion heard, read, and discussed by all. I hate the process of writing up a post, it’s terrible, and something that I need to get over. It probably has something to do with my passion for procrastination and my obsession with perfection. Lo’ and behold, last night, the most beautiful thing came across my twitter stream.

@davideisert posed a question of credibility on the internet and how blog posts can play into that.

…Does posting poorly early damage credibility? ” – @davideisert

See, the two of us are cut of similar molds in how we tackle issues and projects and I sympathize with his stance. It was interesting to see that there was a mixed response as some had similar issue, while others had the mentality of “post now, post often”.

I am torn. The impulsive side of my brain is telling me to “write, write, write” while the analytical side is telling me to “think it over, research everything, and if it’s not perfect, then delete it and start over.”

Normally, I take anywhere from one hour to two days to write a post making sure all my links are correct, all my paragraphs are optimal, and that I have minor spelling or grammar issues (this seems to be the most frequent issues). My computer browser at this point usually hates me due to the millions of tabs I have open with all the web sites of information, and blog posts of differing opinions. Add in few tabs of YouTube videos, Digg stories for distraction, and Lala open for music.

It’s disgusting.

I use anything in the world to distract me from the post. Cute kittens? Send them to me, I’ll watch them. Funnyordie? Yup, its got a bookmark. Trashy gossip blogs? You better believe it. I end up having equal time going through these distractions as I do actually writing my posts.

Well now, I have the incentive through group intervention/motivation and competition. Starting this week, a coalition of some of the most fun technology people in education have thrown down the gauntlet.

The goal: blog post once a week.
The teams: Team Cake (thats me, we like cake), Team Pie (they like pie. duh.), and Team Icing (they only like icing)
The stakes: The losing team has to eat the desert they hate the most…. and stream it online for the world to see.

As you can tell, no one wants to lose this challenge. The thought of eating pie instead of cake just makes my blood curdle, and my head ache. So friends, from here on out, I will be posting regularly with less distractions and more content to keep from eating pie. I want to have my cake and eat it too.

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  1. February 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I can’t WAIT to see this. Very excited. Adding you to my blog roll, will add the others as they post.

    BEEFCAKE! Er I mean TEAM CAKE!

    • February 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

      Good call on the blog roll!!! I need to go back and update mine, yours will be added as well!!

  2. February 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Great post, Kevin! I feel the same way–maybe this process will help all of us to get over our blogging issues, yes?

    • February 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

      I hope so! I like Robin’s attitude of post now, worry about it later. Hopefully #nerdthunderdome helps get me there!

  1. March 16, 2010 at 1:23 am

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