In Search of the Perfect Post

“The only purpose of starting is to finish, and while the projects we do are never really finished, they must ship.”

– Seth Godin (Linchpin)

I have been feeling poorly all weekend after coming down with the Chikumgunya Virus or Chik-V, the mosquito-borne illness that has been affecting many persons in Jamaica, Grenada and has now reached as far as Florida. Anyway, I had lost my appetite, my feet still looks like I have elephantitis (well, probably not that bad but close), my fingers have just started to work again, premenstrual syndrome and other emotional hangovers just made me one very grumpy, oestrogen-heightened, depressed lady today. Oh, it’s Monday right? Maybe that was part of it too.

After listening to stress-relieving ‘brain music’ on  YouTube much of the day, I decide to look in on my site and see what’s going on. But for some reason I was not getting any inspiration. Nada.

I have a few drafts that I keep messing with trying to get them perfect, but each time I add something my mind starts its usual argument, and I find myself facing a line of questions, such as, should I make this into two posts, should I change the focus? If I write an informational post, which I haven’t yet done, will my readers see it as too academic? How do I achieve the balance point?

At some point, I may even stop and ask, would anyone want to read about this?

How can I make this short and spunky? How can I paraphrase this without plagiarising?

Then finally after travailing with it for hours, I decide, ‘this copy stinks,’ and I save it and park it for the evening until I feel up to letting it see the light of day again.

Then on a lucky day, a flash of inspiration and it all comes together.

That ever happens to you? (Not the Chik-V part 🙂

P.S. In case you’re wondering what ‘brain music’ I listened to today, check out this sample video. (Now I’m hooked)

Credit: Yellow Brick Cinema

“Make a decision. It doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make one.” — Seth Godin

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3 thoughts on “In Search of the Perfect Post

  1. Glad you’re feeling better. It’s getting out of hand with all of these illnesses going around-it’s hard to keep track! I find it hard to write stuff on a blog also, my last one, I felt wasn’t very good but I posted it anyway lol

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  2. Glad you’re feeling better. I can not imagine trying to write if I was sick. My brain won’t work. I don’t know about that illness you mentioned. But do you need to have medical treatment for it?

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    • Thank you. It’s most known for joint pains, so typing, standing become real chores. They just usually prescribe painkillers like Panadeine and lots of bed rest. They don’t have a cure for it. I understand it’s similar to dengue fever which you may be more familiar with. Both are carried by the Aedes Egypti mosquito, Most people I know recover within a week of having it. It doesn’t require hospitalisation unless someone has severe symptoms, and it doesn’t kill. Thank God.

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