So today I reach the end of the experiment with is the book club review of ‘How to Reduce the Cost of Software Testing” 21 posts in 21 days. On top of that, I decided I didn’t want to just be a total one-trick pony for three weeks, so I committed to writing an additional blog post each of those 21 days.
An interesting thing happened. Was each of those extra blog posts a winner? Nope, but then blogging is often hit and miss. You never really know which posts will grab people’s attention, but you can sometimes guess. At first I feared I’d run out of stuff to talk about, but somehow I was able to come up with something, and often enough somethings to actually get a few days ahead and schedule several posts. It’s a testament to Jerry Weinberg’s idea of Fieldstone gathering; stuff is all around us, we just have to have the eyes to look and then follow through with the energy to pick the stones up to use them.
I often find it more difficult to write when I’ve taken a few days away from the blog. Then, unless I am finding myself dealing with a timed topic (a class, a meet-up, a podcast or something that needs to be talked about that day), it can be a real struggle coming up with something to write about. Lesson from the last three weeks is that you don’t see stones when you aren’t looking for them. Likewise, you don’t see topics and ideas for those topics unless you are actually writing.