How I Avoid Being Clever on the Internet

Every now and then, I think of something clever to say on Twitter or Facebook. These days, 99% of the time, I don’t say it. If I spend any time thinking about it, I’ve already lost that time. Investing more time on putting it out on the Internet and then watching to see just how clever the world thinks it is wastes even more time1.

I have a process for handling this, which allows me to avoid being clever on the Internet, and at the same time, squeeze more writing in during the day. Because I can use the time I’m not being clever to, you know, write. I thought I’d share my process in case anyone else finds it useful. It’s pretty straight-forward. In fact, it looks like this:

Clever on the Internet Process Map
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It is because of this process that you will rarely2 see me being clever on the Internet these days.

  1. Yes, there is an irony here in this post, but I feel its balanced out by my useful process map. 😉
  2. Sometimes, I slip.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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