Stuff That futurE shouLd brinG (STELG) #3 : A ghost writer

Having dipped my feet into the cold water of blogging a few months back, I have gone through the classic cycle of :

  • enthusiasm (wow – I am writer now! Though am i the only one who ready my posts inspite of slowly growing list of followers?)
  • delight (of converting my thoughts into a digital form that are sent out into the vortex of the world-wide web to see if someone else out there with the same thoughts)
  • pat yourself on your back (When you get a comment or a ‘like’. But since it takes all sort of people to make the world, occasionally I also get brickbats on some of the ideas and posts the i publish. One of my last posts about where i directed some light-hearted pun towards some cricket players was one of them)
  • horror (what the heck did i just publish?)
  • anxiety (What to write about next – this ranges between bursting with ideas at a given point in time to staring at blank glowing rectangular screen waiting for inspiration to hit)

So a few days back, a thought struck me – Wouldn’t it be nice if someone or something could prod or help you to writing your blog posts? It sure wouldn’t be bad, i must say.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to walk away from the arduous task of having to think up ideas, structure my thoughts and then play with the beautiful medium that is (elastic) words to express them. I wouldn’t mind a helpful prop-up once in a while. Afterall, i juggle many balls in the air all the time – work, family, cricket(watching and coaching), music, keeping fit, reading. I just added another one to it recently – blogging. And since trying to find a better way of doing things is ingrained into my DNA, I want to make sure that each of them works pristinely (though my wife perhaps will have a different opinion about my work-life balance)

So i sincerely hope that a STELG comes along and :

  1. Reads my mind and provides me with a shortlisted set of ideas that i could write about
  2. Helps my get those words out faster – this task of clackety tapping a keyboard while simultaneously thinking, structuring, trying to keep a straight back while sitting, sipping my tea and adjusting the level of music on my wonderful Cadence Amayas, can almost qualify me to a Guinness book of world record entry
  3. Does away automatically with all those squiggly lines under the mis-spelt words. (I would love to outsource this kind of mind numbing typo correcting tasks – like i can do at work by sending it to some helpful souls sitting in another country :-)
  4. Proof read my post and offer grammatical suggestions and even automatically correct the simple ones (Please do not suggest that horrible approach to grammar correction that microsoft word takes)
  5. Recycle stuff, parts, ideas, tags etc from my old posts – Many a times thoughts are expressed around a similar set of topics probably visited in an earlier post. It is a tedious task to type up the same tags, heading, links etc repeatedly.

So WordPress, Blogger or any of you blog providers out there – are you listening? Hopefully some of you will have these soon and your stock would move up in my eyes.

An impression of a blogger, wondering whether to set forth or not. Image via Wikipedia

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4 comments on “Stuff That futurE shouLd brinG (STELG) #3 : A ghost writer

  1. Dear Brijesh,
    Any blog writer who has more than 3000 pageviews already might be satisfied – i guess… I do know that you inspire other bloggers :), and other bloggers might inspire you as well…so, go on, please, your readers need the food for thoughts…
    I.

  2. BL says:

    You are always too kind Ildiko ;-) …. have fun with your blogging journey

    B

  3. Am I too kind?… hmm i dont know, for me its normal. maybe thats my mission here, to bring love between people :) but i think when we worked together i wasnt always too kind with you…
    l don know if you remember one certain case that was min 100 times recalled by me and Francis later: we pushed back one of your requests about some training task, and hearing it you looked at us with a very strange face we have never seen before and you said: “girls, i must tell you that im very sad and got deeply disappointed in you” – and then you left the scene…

    Mamma mia, what a drama!! :)) your reaction shocked us back and we secretly asked the question to ourselves: “Are we really so awful people who can make anyone so deeply disapointed?…” And of course, we knew that we were not that awful, but we all took things too serious that time. And finally its good to recall these nice things nowadays with a piece of nostalgia…

    So, dont worry l wont comment your blogs all the time :) but it was nice to reconnect to you in a quite different situation as well. Good luck to your blogging too – and pls don approve this comment, it was just for you.
    l.

    • BL says:

      Ildiko

      Too late with not approving this :-) … I certainly don’t remember the incident that you are referring to. So i guess it wasn’t too important, but maybe you should refresh my memories the next time we bump into each other.

      I would love to continue to have your comments … Is a great way to be in touch … take care.

      B

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