So last week, I told you about some of my new writing rules… or maybe I should call them writing promises. That’s what they really are: promises that I am making to myself (or rather, promises that I’m making to my muse, depending on how you want to think about it).
Anyway, today I want to share another writing promise that I’ve made, a promise specifically related to this blog:
I promise to do my research before attempting to write a blog post, because trying to write a blog post without getting all my facts straight first is a huge waste of time.
You see, I fully intended to have a Sciency Words post for you last Friday. I picked an easy one—a scientific term that I thought I understood fairly well—to ensure that I would get that blog post written, illustrated, and scheduled on time. But once I started writing, I soon realized that I did not understand what I was writing about—not nearly as well as I thought I did. Oops!
I’ve done this to myself many times before. I try to crank out a quick blog post, then realize I’m a little fuzzy on some details, a little vague about certain facts. And so a blog post that was supposed to be done in about an hour eats up a whole day’s worth of writing time. Quick, easy blog posts always end up being the hardest, most time-consuming posts to write.
So going forward, before writing even one single word for a blog post, I’m going to do my research first. Even if I think I’m already an expert on whatever I’m writing about, I’m going to do my research first. That’s a promise I’m making to myself, so I can be more efficient with my blog writing time. And it’s a promise I’m to you too, dear reader, because I really, really, really do not want to spread any sort of misinformation about science on the Internet. There’s too much of that already.
P.S.: Wait, I didn’t do any research before writing this blog post. Oh no! I’ve already broken my promise!!!