It’s 7:30 am.
When I first kept a blog, years ago, I had to do everything myself: I had to open up an HTML editor, write my post, then fix up the calendar page. If it was the first post of the month, I would have to compose another calendar page and do some further housekeeping. Then I would FTP the new files to the site and check that I hadn’t munged anything. So there was anywhere between five and fifteen minutes of housekeeping on top of actually writing the post.
My life was calmer then, and most days I had about an hour where I could sit down, write expansively about something, and then post it. Today, things are busier, but I’m still in the mindset about the wonderful thing that I want to write if I could sit down for an hour. But there aren’t any hours like that, where I have time on my hands and some good energy for writing.
Fortunately, things have advanced since I was composing pages the hard way. I don’t have to do any housekeeping: I just write, hit ‘Publish,’ and I’m done. I still read the page after it’s posted, partly from force of habit, but even that isn’t necessary: the blogging software does not mung my text.
But I’m still in the mode of the magnificent opus that I want to write. Unfortunately, since I don’t have the time and energy, I end up writing nothing. I have to learn that there really is such a thing as the quick post, accomplished in less than 15 minutes, like today’s post.
It’s 7:42 am. So I still have time to hit ‘Publish’ and check my work.