Here’s the thing. There’s ‘Honest Puck’ from Tony’s Text: http://honestpuck.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/hobsons-choice/
I’ve read the other posts and (including mine), Tony is the only one who was clear headed enough to catch on that it’s Morton’s Fork, not Hobson’s text where have two choices and not just the one as in Hobson’s choice. I’d excuse myself by explaining that I wrote the piece below at two in the morning, but Tony told me that he’d written his late at night before heading for bed. To paraphrase Tony, I blush. I also leave the post as it is (except for a couple of minor edits) so that in case I ever get big headed (fat chance) people can point it out to me. Congrats, Tony.
I’ve heard the term ‘Hobson’s Choice’ before, but only looked it up this morning. A Hobson’s choice is ‘a free choice in which only one option is offered.’ Today’s challenge asks us to choose between being able to write a blog but not read other people’s blogs or being able to read others’ blogs but not write your own.
Since I have committed myself to taking up as many challenges as my free time allows I have often wondered how I would answer a particularly challenging challenge, but have always come up with an idea in the end, even if I’ve thought of a better one the next day. My idea this time is to not take a Hobson’s choice.
If you think you are a writer and a blog writer at that then how can you possibly read other people’s blogs, or be inspired by theirs without wanting to have one of your own? Is there a difference between a writer and a blog writer? I don’t think so. The Internet has brought us all out of the woodwork. Seeing your hard work and having others see it immediately is instant gratification. We used to have to wait for months for someone to tell us what they think of our work and whether or not they want to publish it. Actually they rarely tell you what they think of your work. These powerful people have often rejected us out of hand without an explanation. Even when they accepted our work after months of waiting, we would have to wait many more months to see our name in print and wait some more to be paid. We love our blogs (and the people who have offered us the means to put one together.) I couldn’t read somebody else’s blog and not want to have one of my own.
If you are a writer you need to be a reader. Everyone knows that. You can’t write in a vacuum. You need to read widely before deciding you have something of your own to contribute. You need to read everything you can get your hands on. Then, like any professional, you need to keep up, you can’t rest on your laurels. Whether it’s a blog or a novel or article writing you are interested in you need to at least be aware of the trends and the current styles or the shifting takes on issues and events even if you don’t intend to be influenced by them. Even if your blog is a recipe blog, seeing what others are doing can inspire you. The best bloggers cook and give the reader a step by step guide through their brilliant and colourful pictures. And the best food blogs aren’t just about the recipes, they can be semi-autobiographical or they can focus on food related information or they can be a travelogue food blog. Reading them can be entertaining as well as informative.
Would you believe that Thomas Hobson owned a livery stable and that the choice was to take the horse in the stall that was nearest the door or take nothing at all? How can I possibly be influenced by a livery stable owner?
PS.I did attempt to download an image and had a caption at the ready, but it wouldn’t cooperate. Watch this space.