When I sit down to write, most times the ideas just flow -- I get into a groove, and the ideas begin to transform themselves quickly into words. This is partly because I write about the things that I am interested in, but also, partly because I have taken the time to develop my writing in a disciplined manner. In fact, I started writing this blog as a way of reasserting this discipline.
However, the process of writing is quite slow ... even if you know what you are going to say, it takes time. And because you can see what you are writing, you also are able to edit it. You censor yourself, you edit out some sections, remove any embarrassing gaffs (most of the time) ... and you generally work and rework your text so that you make sure you look good to your readers. You are, afterall, only as sexy as your writing portrays.
One of the benefits of blogging is that you can work through ideas in an episodic and non-linear way ... and by categorising your posts you end up with a series of articles that (generally) build and expand on a central theme. Often, when I visit blogs I take a look at the categories to see how ideas have evolved over time.
But then, sometimes an innovation jumps in to disrupt this flow. Such is the case with David Armano's new adventure in blogcasting. In his virgin blogcast, David gives us a great insight into the background thinking and actual approaches to using his Experience Map. The cool thing? It was done in 15 minutes with no fuss ... and there was no worry in clearly articulating his "voice", sounding "authentic" or demonstrating his mastery of the topic. It was all these things. Done with speed and beauty.