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Hmm, that wasn't so hard...

... by which, I mean, after almost a year and a half of not blogging in the Community, one starts to feel as if one has completely lost the touch, or the will, or the inspiration, or whatever it is that compels one to write.

But it turns out that sometimes all it takes is just simply sitting down at the keyboard and starting to write. So, I have, moments ago, published my first blog of 2018, indeed my first blog since October of 2016, and... well, it wasn't that hard. And it was something I saw on a friend's feed in Facebook that inspired it (you'll know what I'm talking about if you go look at the blog).

This concept of "just do it" seems to hold true not only for writing short, pithy blog posts for the SAP Community, but for other writing projects as well. Yes, some of you have heard me say that I fancy myself something of an aspiring fiction writer. Meanwhile, for months at a time I've been somewhat at a roadblock, trying to work out plot points and character traits and... yeah, bogged down in details. So, a couple weeks ago I decided to simply write a short story, based on just a loose concept in my head, without planning it. Then it seemed like it might be more of a novella, so I decided, in order to keep myself honest, to publish it online, one scene at a time, as I write each scene. Yeah, so I don't necessarily know exactly how the next scene is going to go until I, well, write it.

So sometimes it's just a matter of "doing it."

Anyway, first blog of 2018, not much of a blog, really, just a thought that I had, on the subject of "Optimism." Not earth-shattering. Not mind-bogglingly technical. Not technical at all, really. Though I suppose you could still call it a "how-to" blog of sorts.

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  • Jan 18, 2018 at 01:16 PM

    Atta boy. Getting quality content providers like you and Colleen Hebbert (just to name 2!) back on the blogging train will enrich our community. Why, Bill McD even blogged the other day!

    • Jan 18, 2018 at 03:49 PM

      He did indeed! And yes, content quality providers like Colleen are a boon to this community. Then you have the hacks like me........ ;)

    • Jan 19, 2018 at 10:25 PM

      I guess this is a mad dash to de-throne Bill McD from the Top Liked list. :) The sweet, sweet Karma... :)

  • Jan 18, 2018 at 06:07 PM

    Was it more difficult than writing the first blog post ever? :-)

    • Jan 18, 2018 at 07:14 PM

      Considering that I lurked here for years before finally venturing to write a blog post, I'd have to say no, it was not. :)

  • Jan 21, 2018 at 04:20 PM

    Always happy to see a writer get back on the horse.

    I hope your metaphors are better than mine. :)

    Welcome back!

    • Jan 22, 2018 at 08:54 AM

      > I hope your metaphors are better than mine. :)
      This immediately made me think of

      "metaphors in this book are more useless than a weasel in a cardboard shirt."

      From "The dilbert principle" by Scott Adams

    • Jan 22, 2018 at 04:06 PM

      What-a-for is that metaphor, for when I met a phor I thought "what-a-for?" And if metaphors were whatamores, and whatamores are what we met a for, then meeting a for could produce more whatamores.

      But do we really want any?


  • Jan 24, 2018 at 06:45 PM

    I loved the blog! I think many, many, people loved the blog. Positive is good. It's a nice change from negativity. Oops - I did write some negative blogs didn't I? No, seriously, how many times do you look out a window with someone and say it's a horrible day. They usually agree. I look out the window and say I see unicorns and rainbows. They usually... Well OK they usually don't agree. However, if I say what a nice day. I'm more likely to get a positive response. I'm sure there is a study better than this one about it! It's a boring work type study about positive vs. negative remarks on getting the best results.

    I wonder how many lurkers have similar views....

    • Jan 24, 2018 at 07:17 PM

      Thanks, Michelle! You're making my day. :)

      But, if you look out the window and say you see unicorns and rainbows, I might believe you on the rainbows (rain tends to cause those, but only when the sun starts to shine again, eh?), but with regard to the unicorns... Hmm, I'm sure there's some agency we should call to handle that. ;)

      Constructive criticism is good. We should hold people accountable for their commitments. But we don't need to be nasty about it, or all that happens is everyone gets defensive. The goal should be to help each other improve continuously.

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