“Meta” A Post about Posting

It was a few years ago that I learned the term “meta.”  It was Anna’s wedding.  Kat (or was it Sally?) said that she just saw someone take a picture of the photographer and the other one replied “How meta!”

Meta is just about the about.  I know metadata, the data about the data, and meta-analysis, the analysis of a whole bunch of other analysis.  I think the everyday use of the term has sort of passed now, but I still really like it.

This a blog post about posting blog posts.  In an effort to bring more Lessons to your eyes, I have looked at the obstacles in my way and what I have learned to get around each one of them.  You’ll know this is working if you keep getting Lessons, much more frequently than in the recent past.

Obstacle 1: I want to get it “just right”

Solution: See yesterday’s post.  The lesson is to just write it up, get it out, and stop fussing so!

Obstacle 2 (a variation on Obstacle 1): I want to get all the “metadata” right.  In this case, it’s the Categories.  See the bottom of posts before 1/1/13 for examples of Categories.  I have carefully marked each of the 500+ posts with multiple categories that I created.  (What did I think I would do with that?  I don’t know!)  Some of my quick data entry options don’t have a way to mark Categories

Solution: Goodbye Categories!  Hello quicker Lessons!

Obstacle 3: Timing.  I don’t remember when I learned it. Or I learned 3 things in one day and I want to spread them out because I really like the idea of a Lesson per day, so I don’t enter any of them.

Solution Part 1: Who cares when I learned them?  Post it anyway

Solution Part 2: PRE-post the lessons – put them out there and pick a date in the future and “schedule” the post.   How many times have I been in some remote location, having an adventure with Sally, and have a Sally and the City update magically appear on my phone, while she’s busy doing something else? “How did you do that?” I ask.  “I scheduled it in advance, remember?” she asks.  Well now I do.  I even wrote this post yesterday, and scheduled it for today!

OK, will this work?  You’ll find out along with me, in the days ahead!

If you have learned other lessons about posting to your blog, please send them along!

The Big Lessons – What I’ve learned from 550 Lessons Learned (so far)

Around previous New Year’s Days, I have promised to write a summary of what I’ve learned from a whole year of Lessons.  I haven’t done it yet (see Big Lesson 2.)  And that’s just as well, because after many years and more than 550 lessons, there are only a few themes and I’m going to let you in on them right now!

Ready?

Big Lesson 1: ASK!

Over and over, the lesson is to ask for what you want, what you need, what you don’t know but need to know. Ask for help, ask your family, ask your friends, ask your boss, ask a stranger, ask Jeeves, ask the universe!

So many of these lessons come down to that that I have thought about creating a “category” called “Ask” and marking every ask-related lesson with this – but I never did (see Big Lesson 2,)  Even without marking them, most lessons I learn make me think “Oh! There it is again! It’s all about asking!”

Big Lesson 2: “Don’t let the perfect drive out the good”

This one comes to use from Voltaire and/or Steve.  Whatever the source, the lesson is profound.  One year ago, almost to the minute, I posted this same lesson relative to this blog – I vowed to fuss less and post more.  But it didn’t stick.  I still got held up with wanting to phrase it right, categorize it right, and ended up with a pile of profound lessons on post-its and scraps of paper, doing us all no good. 

 

This qualifies as a Big Lesson because it extends way beyond the blog.  It’s so easy to not do something because I can’t do it all the way.  Sometimes just doing it is what matters.  I was shocked to learn, long ago, that procrastination can be caused by perfectionism, because the former sounds so slacker-like and the latter the opposite, but without this lesson, it’s easy to put off what can’t be done just right. Then we get nothing.

 Back to the good-enough blog, I have learned some tricks about HOW to blog more easily but I haven’t yet done it. So now I start again, which brings us to:

Big Lesson 3: Start Again

I have a very popular category here for Lessons Learned Again and Again.  This experience has taught me that some lessons take more than one pass. Or two. Or more.  So what?  All we can do is keep learning.

 

What do you think are the Big Lessons?  Post a comment or send me a message and I’ll give you your own day!

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