News Is Old

Yesterday, I sent an email to my colleague. This shouldn’t be interesting but it made me smile because the email’s subject was “Last Week’s Status Update”.

I typed that unconsciously. It was funny that I tried to update something that was very out-of-date. But isn’t it all status update about?

Someone says news is actually old since it happened and completed in the past. Nothing about news is really new. This is interesting. What about our project status update? Is anything really new?

Last week, we did this.

Last week, we were waiting for that.

Then what? What will happen when someone read this email? Nothing, I guess. Because they know the information is outdated. No insight, no next steps provided. Kind of useless.

Writing is a fantastic communication tool if used properly. If the status update is meaningless, why bother? It does no good to either the writer and the audiences.

Until we really care about it. Until we put some brain in it. Until we make it informative. Then it is worth writing and more importantly reading.

Instead of writing about the past, why don’t we try to write about the near future?

Instead of writing about what already happened, why don’t we try to predict what will happen in the next two weeks?

Instead of writing about what already done, why don’t we try to write about what mistakes we are likely to make based on the knowledge we have today?

More interesting. More attractive. More meaningful. More actionable.

I am thinking about writing Next Week’s Status Prediction.

Thinking and writing are the things I like. Sharing is what I love. Because of them, I write everyday to share stories from my thoughts and experiences, from the future I see and believe in. Everything I use to build Inthentic a better home. A home of people who want to do good things and give back. A home that is a small starting point of changes for a better society. I am proud of what I am doing. And even prouder to know that I am not doing it alone.

Thanks for reading. :-)