When requested by my boss a couple weeks ago to write down my “process” for a certain aspect of my job, I sat at my computer and just typed out my process in a paragraph and shot it off to him in email- fully expecting never to hear about it again. This happens every couple years (you would think I would be smart enough to figure out that I really should just save my email and recycle it) -it’s really no big deal.
Today my boss came back to me and told me that what I sent him was a great start (!) and that he was really looking for something far more formal…and so I spent my afternoon formally documenting a process I have spent nearly 10 years (10 years!) perfecting. When I was halfway through this process my boss came back to me and said something to the effect of “Hey, your process here is good…but I was thinking it might be easier if you did this: blah blah blah.” And his process actually cuts out about three steps off the end and cuts out a middle man. So I went back and fixed my process document to document my brand new process.
This got me thinking about how I blog. I usually have all these ideas for things I WANT to write about and usually the strong ones stay with me and the weaker, less developed ideas go POOF in my head because my brain can only handle rolling around a million concepts at a time…add one more and forget about it. This also happens with my creative writing that I do…and makes it kind of hard for me to actually finish a project.
So I have come up with a semi solution for my blogging ideas…and I will have to come up with a similar idea for my non-blogging writing ideas because somewhere last year? My brain became too full. Either that or it has something to do with getting older (is that why I am getting more and more jeopardy questions right?? I am just chocked full of useless facts and can’t make some of them go away to make room for more important useless facts). Anyway- my idea is this: When I get a blogging idea I shall immediately open my wordpress dashboard and create an entry dash out a couple lines, some links and save it in my drafts. Of course this means that I will have a ton of drafts and I am usually a fan of having NO drafts at all…so that is something I will have to just get over. I know this seems simple enough…especially considering I am in front of a computer a lot more than I would like to admit.
My big question to you readers is this: I have “non” blogging ideas. Some are writing ideas, some are just regular old ideas about life, and some are things like GET GAS YOU BAFFOON before your call yells at you again for letting it get below 2 gallons (don’t yell at me this doesn’t happen often). My problem (and it has been this way since I was a child) is that my brain works a lot faster than the rest of me (including my mouth believe it or not) so any given moment I have come up with a grocery list, two story ideas, three blog ideas and a commerical idea. See where I cam going? Does anyone else have a way that they capture all the ideas firing in their brains?