Knowing when to stop is as important as knowing when to start.

Share your content wisely

I went on an automatic process: linking my daily posts everywhere. I was so proud of my consistency that I wanted to engage other people in my journey.

But after almost 80 daily blog posts and their related links in multiple forums, I don’t think I’ve produced as much added value as I wanted.

I’ve fallen into the Collector’s Fallacy, once again. Blind to making sense, looking for the next ‘like,’ salivating at the following Analytics peek.

That’s not the way to add value to a community. And it’s not even worth it in terms of reputation. I was just risking becoming another link spammer.

I’ve established the wrong feedback loops: looking for passive traffic on a blog where I have nothing to sell if not vanity. I should have instead searched for engaging thoughts, useful explorations, coherent threads.

All of this happened because I went on autopilot in writing daily. My paramount commitment was to “just write and publish it.” While this brought me plenty of good learning, I lost sight of the environment where I planted my seeds.

That’s why Critical Thinking is intimately connected to Systems Thinking: “What am I doing?” “Why am I doing that?”, “Is this the best way to do that?”, “What’s my goal?”

And, the most important question of all: “What are the unintended consequences of my actions?”

So, after having slept on it, I woke up with a new realization. Not very smart or elevated. Posting a long sequence of blog posts in a thread on several forums is not a sustainable effort and not even wise.

I feel liberated, yes, from dispersing seeds unwittingly and without too much thought. That doesn’t mean that I won’t pursue my daily writing habits. On the contrary, I will better express my ideas and packaging posts, building more ecosystemic value.

Thank you for your patience and kindness in following me. I just wanted to send a signal to you: I am a little step higher than regurgitating an interminable eruption of blog posts.

I feel like my brain woke up.

Just a little bit.

😉

Knowing when to stop is as important as knowing when to start.
Knowing when to stop is as important as knowing when to start.
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Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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