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Thursday September 22 2005

Whenever I read James Lileks, and whenever he writes about this, i.e. quite often, I become consumed with envy at how quickly he rips off his various articles for this or that organ, in among writing his gratis pieces for us lot, cleaning his house, organising his graphic fun and games, watching old movies, etc.

Well, now, I am just beginning to live that sort of life myself.  I don’t have a daughter, which would complicate things, but I do now have various regular (and paid) blogging commitments which mean that I sometimes start a day with the need to do about three blog postings for three different places, as quickly as possible.  Today, I am still in my pyjamas, and I still have an afternoon of Other Things to get stuck into, and an evening of Stuff ahead of me, but I have already sent off two blog items, both of which are, I hope, sufficiently good to get used.  And now I’m doing this.

It’s not much.  But when you feel your way into a new life, you (by which I mean I) start slowly, very slowly, and then you/I speed up.  I now feel myself (and I do not mean the pyjama sort of feeling myself) speeding up, or at least beginning to speed up.

And by the way, writing for money (which I have only recently begun to do) is a whole lot different to just shoving whatever you please up on your own blog(s) or on Samizdata which is a kind of group personal blog for a bunch of trusted writers (which I have been doing for longer).  That is easy, the way I do it.  You just scribble, and eventually you stop, as here, and as in this.  But writing stuff for other blogs, where they will, for instance, tell you if it is no good, or even if it is good enough but not really, you know, good, is a whole different experience.

For me, the key breakthrough with writing for these Other Blogs was separating the process of deciding what to write about from actually writing it, the first being the laborious bit.  And, I use old fashioned pen and paper to record my decisions about what to write about, so as not to forget them.  The actual writing is relatively easy, hence this morning’s success.  I wrote the two bits this morning, but I decided what to write yesterday.  Going from What the Hell? to Done! in half an hour is still beyond me.  Going from How Shall I Put This? to I’ve Put It! in half an hour, or less, I can sometimes now do.

I’ve already done one Big Thing in my life (you can tell from the look of the recent ones when I stopped), starting very very slowly, and eventually speeding it up a treat.  Well, I thought it was big.  I hope to do at least one more of these Things before they take me away and burn me.  And I hope that blogging will be the next one.

I want to believe that, Brian-blogging-wise, you haven’t seen much of what I can do yet.  My fear is that you have.