A few comments on what it was like to write this article: first, when I sat down to start drafting the piece, I thought I’d give Apple’s new word processing application, Pages, a try. I opened it up and took a good look at the interface, which, though it bears a strong resemblance to Keynote’s interface, just looked like too much to learn. At this point, I’m essentially stuck with Microsoft Word as a word processing tool, for better or worse. Its indisputably robust feature set includes everything I need, though some features are better implemented than others. After years of wrestling with it, I know how to get it to produce the results I want, and I don’t really relish the idea of trying to replicate that knowledge in competing programs. It’s a sad comment and exactly the reason why it will take an act of God to unseat Word from its place at the top of the word processing heap.
Second, it felt really good to take the time out to properly write something, rather than frantically trying to squeeze in a weblog post while juggling other tasks, as I’m doing right this very moment. It was a nice experience but also a hell of a lot harder than my usual slapdash writing approach. A lot of my time was spent trying to clarify my thinking so that it would stand up under the scrutiny of a real editor and a probably more discerning audience. It was fun, though, and I’m grateful for having had the opportunity. I need to do more of it.