Friday, September 17, 2010

Committing to Consistency to Produce Dependability and Quality

The Homework Never Ends
I am a man who holds certain values in very high esteem.  3 of these values are almost synonymous, yet have subtle differences. In the context of a blog, these differences become apparent and can complement each other well. They are: commitment, consistency, and dependability.

Life happens.  Duties and responsibilities pile up.  School and work get in the way of what I wish I was doing. Lectures, homework, papers, and tests all impinge on my time.  I know that I'm definitely not the only person in the world who is busy, so I'm not complaining.  Instead, I'm just stating the facts.  The fact of the matter is, I don't have time to blog 5 days a week and keep up with my responsibilities, my relationship with my wife, and my time on the mountain bike. 

So today I am making a commitment to consistency so that you, the readers, can be assured of my dependability.

I am committing to publishing at least 3 posts a week.  As I mentioned a week ago, setting specific goals helps provide a target to aim for, and a standard to know when you've achieved what you set out to do.  I am publicly setting a goal of blogging 3 times per week, which is still quite a bit all things considered.

This is what I am committing to.  I am committing to this consistency of 3 posts per week.  Consistency on my end should assure you of my dependability

Dependability is one of the values that I prize most highly!  Naturally, it is a quality that I want to embody.  I want you to know that you can depend on me to publish my 3 posts per week.  Overtime, my consistency should in turn prove my dependability to you.

I am officially decreasing the number of posts that I'm trying to write a week because yes, I'm busy.  There is the temptation to still post 5-6 times a week--but I know that the quality of those posts would be pretty low.  They wouldn't be interesting, informative, or useful.  Instead, I'd just be typing to take up more space on the interwebs. In lowering my goal to 3 posts per week, the objective is for me to turn out 3 quality posts per week that maintain my previous post quality or even surpass it.  I am depending on you to keep me accountable.  If you feel like I'm getting lazy then please, let me know!

As always, thank you for reading Greg Rides Trails!

Now I'd love to hear from you.  What qualities do you admire in other people, and which to do you try to embody yourself?


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