I’ve got a pointer for bloggers and journalists, that’s probably unnecessary: Use all resources on hand when writing.
Late yesterday, I posted: “Google has lost control of Android”. After I completed writing the nearly 2,000-word missive (it’s longer now), I went to a Forrester Research tablet report received on Friday to look for a chart. I had planned to write a separate news story on the report and hadn’t read it before writing the analysis. How stupid.
There are two charts in the report, and the second one contains data that supports the main point my analysis makes. Had I seen that first, and the supporting text, I would have structured the story quite differently and written something shorter, since analyst Frank Gillett so affirmatively supports my main premise.
After posting, I inserted a second lead paragraph and changed the first, to clearly refer to the data. The analysis doesn’t flow as well as I would like, when adding in Frank’s tablet forecast, which is fault of my original construction not his data.
The point: I should have looked at his report before writing one word of my analysis.
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