Thursday, 25 June 2009

When do you blog?

I first started posting to this blog in May 2008. The hope back then was for trainers to post interesting items that may or may not relate to their area of expertise.

In addition to being of potential use to the reader, it also helped raise the profile of QA as it led to more hits.

Initially I was worried that I would have nothing to say but in time ideas would usually present themselves. Occasionally it would simply be a rant but the rest of the time they would probably be interesting.

One evening in March this year I sat down in my hotel room and began typing when it struck me that I was sat in a dark room typing a post when everyone else was on the terrace drinking beer.

Was I missing a trick here? Should I be blogging by day by snatching a few minutes here and there throughout the day rather than spending leisure time doing it. After all, time spent blogging is time NOT spent bouncing on the trampoline with the kids, painting toy soldiers or sitting on the terrace drinking beer.

And so, I tried an experiment. I would not blog when not at work.

Here is me NOT blogging the day before my Silverlight course in Dubai (bank holiday Monday).


After three months dear reader, I can tell you that I haven't blogged once. Not for lack of ideas you understand. In fact, I often have an idea and jot it in a pad for reworking later. However, there is always something to do when I am not actually training. For example prepping, writing demo applications etc.

So I have a theory about the many prolific bloggers out there. Unless blogging constitutes part of their official workload, they either don't have much to do at work or the don't have a trampoline !

Aha! So what am I doing now? Surely I am blogging during the day?

Correct. And when I am late submitting my expenses this month, I'll have a good excuse!

See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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