I default to teaching, not testing

You know you’re a (wannabe?) writer when you suddenly want to share every brilliant thought that pops to mind. That’s me. Literally, every moment I’m conscious, which includes some dreams, a voice in the back of my head is saying, “If this is a good idea, you should write about it.”

That’s why I’m rarely at a loss for blog topics.

But this has its downsides. Since sharing ideas is my top priority, trying those ideas moves to at least second place.

For example, earlier today, I read about a cool tip for bloggers. My first thought, though, wasn’t to set it up on my own blog. Instead, my first thought was to tweet it out so my followers could try it.

In a way, I love that. It seems pretty selfless… and certainly has the potential to help a lot of people instead of just me.

In another way, though, it kills my credibility.

I was about to tweet out the tip without ever having tried it myself. Granted, I doubt that particular tip needed any testing, but imagine that mindset applied to other things I learn. Instead of testing first, I’d default to teaching first.

With that mindset, I can easily end up teaching stuff I don’t have any personal experience with. If that’s a problem, perhaps I should do more than write about it.