I'm afraid I have to give up on the "Morning Coffee" feature. It's just not fitting the way I work. What happens is that a) I think to myself that it doesn't need to be posted until the next morning, which for me is way far away in the future, so far distant it's not worth planning toward. Then b) I forget about it until late at night when I start to get tired, am thinking about going to bed, and am reviewing in my head all the things I needed to get done that day and whether I've gotten them all done. At that point it occurs to me that I haven't written the post for the next morning. So then, c) fading and ready for sleep, I have to come up with something on the spot. Which is why that feature has been so rocky and variable in quality.
A person of ordinary organizational skills and a modicum of foresight would have no trouble writing the next day's morning post, say, each previous morning, but then, if I were a person of organizational skills and foresight, I would be going to work at an office every day, and have benefits, and be drawing a paycheck, and none of us would be here anyway. So, can't have everything; we are who we are.
This is nothing out of the ordinary. The Internet is the ultimate throw-spaghetti-at-the-wall medium; you just try everything and go with what works. TOP's scrap heap of stuff that didn't work is ten times as high as the pile of stuff that did.
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John Krumm: "I liked a number of the coffee posts, but I got the sense it wasn't really your style. I prefer your old write-when-inspiration-strikes approach. But the coffee thing was there to alleviate the ghost town blog feeling during the whole moving process, and it did help. So here's to inspiration, and spaghetti."
Catherine: "Why not try 'Afternoon Tea?'"
saagar: "Mike, that's a very liberating idea—that the size of the scrap heap doesn't matter. Brilliant! I'll consider that idea an even trade for the loss of Morning Coffee—thanks."
Mike R: "Odd timing. Just this morning, I had been thinking, Morning Coffee is just not his style. Why don't I write him to suggest he give it up? Voila! You have done it. I look forward to your excellent longer format work."