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.
Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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