Refactoring in the backstage
Last Friday I was feeling a bit quilty when I blogged instead of finishing the report I was supposed to finish (one of the things I like about blogging that it helps me to make space for important even if urgent is pressing not to ;).
Now, getting online after an offline weekend and discovering thoughtful comments from close colleagues and distant readers, I don't have any traces of that quilty feeling. Once more I feel how rewarding sharing your uncertainties with others could be... It will take time to digest comments and even more time to react, since urgent is still there ready to claim time...
And, on the meta level, this reminds me of a metaphor of Giuseppe Granieri that Riccardo brings commenting on my post about finding time to blog:
Lilia refers to blogging as a new, value adding, way to do things: thus it becomes just a different tool to organize your thoughts, daylife, research, whatever. In this sense asking how much of your time does blogging require is exactly as asking how much of your time does breathing require?
Giuseppe instead chose to refer to blogging as a "batch" process, building up and refactoring in the backstage of our mind 24 hours a day, and requiring "practically" just those few seconds needed to actually write down the post.
I guess it's more: when you blog something you may trigger others' thinking on the issue, so then your own "refactoring in the backstage" gets connected with ideas of others, making the whole process more powerful and more rewarding.