Trade secrets

I am reasonably certain nobody out there is particularly interested in how I put this stuff together. (Besides, I’ve already revealed the Deepest, Darkest Secret.) However, I am always interested in how everyone else does it, so I pass along to you Roger’s modus blogendi:

I find it easier to write when I know what I’m going to write about, which I suppose is obvious. For instance, if I know for an ABC Wednesday post X is for X-Rays (it won’t be, at least not this time around), it puts me to mind to think about all the X-rays I’ve had. The brain will percolate in the background while I’m doing something else, such as showering or bicycling, then, suddenly, a theme emerges.

After I have written it, I might change it, but it’s easier to change something than nothing. If it isn’t tied to a specific date, I might even move it to another day because I need to say THIS more right now. THIS is usually for some national or world event, or perhaps a noteworthy death.

I can relate to that percolation process. I am not a multitasker by any strict definition of the word, but I can devote CPU slices, so to speak, to pondering what’s going to be written and when. And I have moved pieces up or down in the queue as priorities seem to shift: for instance, that piece on the HondaJet appearing yesterday morning was actually written Thursday afternoon, having been deemed to have a lower priority than some other stuff in the can.

There are, of course, regular features: strange search-engine queries (Mondays), the Rebecca Black news (Fridays), the Review of Fabulous Babes (usually twice a week), and Thunder recaps (82, or more, times a year). Beyond that, there are irregular features. But that still leaves me about a hundred slots a month to fill, and I’d just as soon not fill it all up with news or shoes or pony.

Which is why I’m always writing, even when I’m not writing: I come up with ideas while doing chores, or while sitting in traffic, or sometimes while I’m doing something dull and repetitious at work. (I don’t actually type this stuff during work hours, unless something utterly compelling has come up that demands an immediate post.)

Someone once asked if I ever did a post just because I had a title for it. Now really, what do you think?







2 comments

  1. Jeffro »

    4 November 2012 · 6:30 pm

    Someone once asked if I ever did a post just because I had a title for it. Now really, what do you think?

    Survey says: Yes!

  2. Roger Green »

    4 November 2012 · 7:34 pm

    That would be in the affirmative.

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