Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The inverse ratio rule of journaling

The second hand on the clock is moving way too fast and I started to try and catch up on the last 36 hours of beloved posts of all the talented bloggers I follow...and I wrote a comment or two but realized I was just writing fast, semi-generic comments like, "Great post." And I'd never get through 50 posts even doing since most of the people I follow also follow me, I'll just do it once and then catch up on content when I can.

Great posts, everyone!

The inverse ratio rule of journaling (or blogging) is: You have time to write more words when nothing much is happening. When immersed in interesting things, you don't have time to write much. Ergo, the best things usually never get journaled.

Yesterday I spent the day in an adrenalin-laced full-scale Hurricane Drill in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where we prepare for the possibility of "The Big One." We even got to practice with a new collaboration with the Air Force where they flew two F-16 fighter planes up and down the coast with high-tech real-time video piped into the EOC which would be a huge help in fast initial assessment of damages after a hurricane. Very cool stuff, zooming in on inidividual houses or bridges...a little disconcerting since the technology was developed for Iraq so there are target cross-hairs in the center of the screen..but still cool.

In the evening, Karen and I visited throughout the evening with Barclay (see yesterday's blog) who held us on the edge of our seats with tales about tribal customs, life on the edge, strange diseases that haven't really been researched very much...yet. Wishing I could have just audiotaped four hours of conversation and posted it.

And wanting to find some time today, before I forget it, to write as much of it down as I can...but knowing today is already a lost cause timewise...

And even with just this short blog, I'm going to be late for work...grrrrrrrrrrr...

The inverse ratio rule of journaling sucks.

And by this evening or tomorrow morning, I'll have even more great posts to read!

I love Blogspot. And like everything and everyone else that I love...Blogspot is a mixture of passionate satisfaction and intense frustration.


  1. "You have time to write more words when nothing much is happening. When immersed in interesting things, you don't have time to write much"
    How correct. when we are otherwise occupied then hardly any time is there to pen down our feelings. the flow of words only comes when we have time in our hand.

  2. I am 100% with you on that. I am so behind.

    I'm steaming crabs, Barclay. You can bring Bagman, too.

  3. Great!!

  4. Can't wait to hear more about Barclay.

  5. Oh, I do hear you! And ditto to it all! And I don't even work anymore! But, hey, great post!! Look forward to hearing more about Barclay. Hope the rest of your week goes well!

  6. I know what you mean- I can't get to the blogs every day and it takes me so long to get through every one! Thank you ADHD. Thankyou not enough time in the day to do what I want and need. Thank you small children tugging on me every five minutes to complain about the other.

  7. I have been busy, but like Patty, steaming crabs is not much to write about. At least you are busy with interesting stuff.

  8. I have thought about (and bemoaned) this blogging paradox many a time. I would have LOVED to be a fly on the wall with that conversation with Barclay.

  9. Yeah. Some days, when I can, I just sit for a couple of hours and read.....but I like it, and what I put into it, well, I get it back tenfold. You're part of that for me my BB. Sooooo cool. Thanks for that :)