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“Write it down, type it down, speak into your phone, just get it down. Ideas won’t stay in your head forever.”-Me
We like to trust our memories because we think of them as steel traps and a sign of youthfulness. And it’s true that some people are far better at remembering things than others. But it’s good for us as writers or creative persons to put our concepts and ideas into some physical form.
Short term memory only has so much space before it eventually dumps the input to make room for new information. Long term memory is great, but I’m not sure that a spontaneous idea is going to get placed there unless you run it over in your head repeatedly to commit it. Even then, the more you run through it, the more it’s changing, shifting, and parts could end up missing by the time you believe you’re ready to address them. Think of recalling a dream. When you retell it to someone, no matter how vivid it may be in your mind, it’s never a whole recreation. So why would you expect your ideas to remain whole after you let them sit in your mind?
I know, sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be a chance in the hustle and bustle of jobs or simply inopportune times the ideas spring up. Not only does technology make things easier, having traditional standbys work just as well.
One of the features I find extremely useful on WordPress, is the ability to schedule when your post will be “published.” Especially for people who take delight in being an over achiever *chuckles* and coming up with a lot of content at once. Initially, I used the feature so my entry would go up at a more reasonable hour than whenever I conceived the idea or finished writing. In deciding to start my Ten Word Journaling “series,” I have taken to scheduling all of them to release Monday, Wednesday, or Friday as content allows. I thought everything was without error, more people were starting to take notice of my posts, a few even offering some feedback. All very good, encouraging things 😀
Then today, I see that the 5th entry was already up, and that seemed too soon. Sure enough, I had somehow scheduled my 5th and 4th entries in reverse order. Oops! The easiest solution seemed to be changing the titles, which is what I’ve done. I’m treating this moment as yet another learning experience, as I ease into the blogosphere, to check and double-check any future scheduled entries. With these it doesn’t matter quite so much, but for other projects I may decide on it could. So, I encourage anyone else new to blogging and exploring features to double-check and then let the “magic” fly.
I thought this theme had a “Status” feature, but I don’t see it as a format option anymore.
Oh well, currently I’m engaging in some subliminal quibbles.