I’m supposed to be writing a post on learning. More accurately, I’m supposed to be writing a post to learn. In the process of writing, I often discover what I am thinking.
Unfortunately, there are too many posts in my head to be able to focus. Here are some of them.
1. Has anyone ever used M&Ms as a way to illustrate why large pictures are too big to send through dial-up connections? (“Pictures are made up of lots of dots, like M&Ms. When you try to pour a million M&Ms through a vacuum cleaner tube, it takes a long time. If you use a fire hose, they are faster. If you are using a storm sewer pipe, the M&Ms would travel almost instantly.”)
2. What if a church used a .mobi and put just the church schedule on it? That way, people with smart phones could find out what time the event was starting, or what room they were supposed to be in.
3. What if you wrote a post that was a conversation with your daughter, describing why she may not need a smart phone, giving her the opportunity to explain why it would be of value, and inviting readers to help sort out the two sides? Would that work?
4. There are a couple cool posts at choralnet.org, pointing back to a couple posts I’ve written here. The comments on “It’s not just about attendance” (which is a post about my post “you gotta practice to sing in the choir“) are particularly delightful as real choir people talk about the community that forms around choirs. I’d love to write about how posts can resonate with unexpected audiences.
5. I need to make a list of all the video and photo projects I am working on, but there wouldn’t be time. However, it could be a useful primer on how saying no is a good thing.
6. Some friends in different industries are thinking about social media. I know that there are millions of “how to” posts, and hundreds of “why to” posts, but I’m thinking about a couple, “knowing what I know about you, I think you need to think about trying these two things. In particular, because this part of your audience isn’t on twitter, don’ worry about it now, but expand what you are doing in ___ and ____ and ___” posts.
7. My three words for the year were singing, focus, and deliberate practice. With a month left in the year, it is time to see how I’m doing.
8. One piece of my past caught up with me in a delightful and humbling way today. There are elements of relationship that I need to think through as a result. How and why do our relationships from long ago connect to those now?
See why I have a hard time getting one simple post done?
Give me some time and you may see some of these show up here or other places. In the meantime, thanks for listening. And, as always, feel free to offer suggestions.