Today I was talking with Eugene, a Wikimedian friend of mine. He was telling me about all the Wikipedians he talked to who don’t edit anymore, or who spend their time working on institutional things like outreach instead of editing.
“Man, I never have time to edit either!” I said.
We agreed this was ridiculous. There’s an obvious solution: finding time to edit. But it’s hard. There’s a lot of distractions and we all feel overworked. Sometimes you need peer reinforcement.
Which is why I want to start “editing Fridays”. If you’re involved in Wikimedia in any way, and especially if you don’t edit much now, take the time over lunch on Friday to spend half an hour to an hour working on a content project. Fix some typos. Add a reference. Categorize some photos. Add a definition, or a sound file. Proof some source text. Work on expanding a learning objective; rewrite a textbook chapter; add a book chapter outline. Did something happen today? write a news story. Take the time to relax, write about something you love.
Things that don’t count: meta, infrastructure wikis, documentation, mailing lists, IRC. This is all about staying grounded in why we’re involved in the first place: so, editing content. Starting with the backlogged maintenance categories is a good place to go if you’re stuck for ideas. Double points for working on a small project or small language.
What do you think? Will you join me?
n.b.: I choose Fridays only because of the traditional American workweek, which winds down on Friday; fun activities are often planned on Fridays. But if editing Thursdays or editing Saturdays work better for you, that’s cool too — I mostly think it would be motivational to work together.