13 September 2008

Beagle blog backlog: a dashboard dust-up

Step one: admitting you have a problem

I have a problem. I start writing blog posts and then don't finish them. After about a week, those that had a news hook (which is most of them) lose their timeliness and ultimately they, together with a few other non-newsy drafts, get pushed off the bottom of the page by newer posts and drafts. After that, they are out of sight, out of mind and doomed to collect dust in the dashboard until such time as they are so outdated that they must be deleted, or, much more rarely, refreshed, finished and published.

Full disclosure: the Beagle Project Blog dashboard, this morning.

I could make a number of excuses - I'm busy, I have a day job (and, as the scientists among you will know, science is more a day & night job), and I work in a place where backlog (boxes of specimens that have been collected but not yet accessioned) is a normal part of the visual backdrop.

But here's the rub: I'm pretty sure it's my better, meatier posts that aren't making it out into the world. This is bad, and I want to fix it.

And so, starting today, I'm going to begin digging up, finishing and publishing those drafts, obsolescence be damned. Watch for "Beagle blog backlog" in the header.

Postscript: this is my problem and mine alone. Co-blogger Peter does not seem to suffer from my affliction; in fact, I'm pretty sure he can whip out a blog post in seconds with one hemisphere of his brain tied behind his back.

6 comments:

Richard Carter, FCD said...

At least you make a start. All my great posts are neatly filed away in my head. I've been baking the latest one for almost a fortnight now.

Karen James said...

Wow, I'll bet it's a stonking good 'un. Get it out. Get it out.

Anonymous said...

A suggestion: your donors (finally including me today) would be interested in knowing how the Project is going, both financially and in the shipyard. Please consider adding a progress report page.

Dick Lindstrom

Karen James said...

Dick, thanks for pointing that out - it has been a while since we've posted an update... we'll get on that.

Joe D said...

Pffft. I have forty two unfinished items in my Google Docs. Half of them refer to radio programmes which have long since left the iPlayer, and the memories of listeners...

Karen James said...

It's not that I think I'm the only one, Joe, it's that I figured putting it out there makes me more likely to follow through. Sure, I'll delete some of them - the ones that are hopelessly outdated or have references to things that aren't available any more - but a lot of them are the seeds of some potentially great posts. I'm determined that those should get published.