Making Social Apps that connect people in "real life"
I have a problem. For the last 3 or 4 days I have been trying to think of something to write about. I've known about this deadline for weeks but, well, ya know... So I have had a few mildly entertaining ideas come up but, after working them over a little in my head I decided they weren't that good or I couldn't see the ending from the beginning so I discarded them. And since procrastinating isn't especially new to me, I still felt confident that inspiration would spring from necessity and a topic would indeed present itself with time to spare.
And as if from nowhere, it happened this morning! I was haplessly driving to work when it struck me. And every which way I turned it over in my head I could see countless ways to bring the story together; to weave a tale so thoughtful and full of insight that readers around the world (yes, both of them) would, after reading it, have to stop for a moment to re-evaluate their very existence (trust me, it was that good).
So for the remainder of my commute I wove a beautiful tapestry that was this story of mine, covering every detail and answering every question. By the time I was nearing the parking lot at work it was all but written down. Naturally, that is when it happened. It began with a question in the parking lot that led to a detour around the office. Suddenly an email needed sent, something needed looked into and a call needed to be made. And poof, like so many of my great ideas, it was gone and never to be heard from again.
It's odd to me because I never used to be so scattered. I don't know if it's stress, getting old(er), or just being a little over-extended for too long but this type of thing just keeps happening lately. My moments of clarity seem fewer and farther between but, interestingly, are almost always when I am driving, mowing the lawn, or riding my bike alone and I think I have figured out why that is. Those are the only times that I am unable or unwilling to use or respond to any technology.
Don't misunderstand me. I'm not one of those nut-bags that thinks you should shoot your television or move to the woods and live in a tree house. I make a decent living in the technology field and I love it. But for all of the good that technology brings us, it's important to remember that it is a tool to be used accordingly. Every once in a while we should all unplug and see what the world around us has to offer. Just imagine the amount of brilliance we are all capable of with more than five consecutive minutes of uninterrupted thought.
Just don't take too long. Somebody has to do the work around here.
As an aside, anybody know why my bad ideas never seem to get lost? I've got thousands of those bouncing around if you want a few.