Keystrokes

For my first post, I want to echo the sentiment that inspired me to start blogging. I have been aware of Scott Hanselman for well over a decade. I do not remember if his list of software tools or his contributions to the Das Blog project first caught my attention, but he continues to be a positive influence online and at technology conferences.

Several years ago, Scott posted about making better use of the limited number of keystrokes any of us have left. The concept of counting keystrokes originated from a post from Jon Udell. Counting keystrokes is simply another way to quantify time. The central theme of both posts is that sharing content with a wider audience multiplies the value of your scarcest resource: time. While an email may reach a small number of people, blogging is suggested as a way to reach hundreds, thousands, or more.

Acknowledging the primary limitation of our mortal existence is not a new concept. Poets have written many verses and authors many pages exploring what meaning we can find in our brief lives. Sharing knowledge with others and having our words live on does sound much more noble than sending yet another email into the void. Considering how few emails are read in their entirety, blogging creates much more potential value. While emails rarely get a second look, we have search engines to help us locate relevant content published online.

While most dread the emails flooding their inboxes, people actively seek out the content created in blogs. Although I prefer the written word, other forms of social media (tweets, podcasts, and videos) can be equally worthwhile. However we choose to share online, we enable the opportunity to connect with others across time and space. Content created long ago may entertain or inform someone in a distant place. Being able to look up forgotten knowledge may even help the one who created it.

Creating content online is a personal choice. What works for Scott, may not work for everyone. I am not even sure how this will turn out for me, but I will see where this path leads.

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