Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Don't think that just because C. August has set up shop selling political paraphernalia up in the Land of the Puritans that things have been quiet down here in Hurricane Alley....
Recently, at the end of a sub-post, I said the following:
Hmmm! Awhile back, I saw a bumper sticker saying something like, "Keep Austin Weird". Perhaps as the zoning fight heats up, supporters of freedom in land use could similarly display our sentiments: "Keep Houston Free". I like that.Later that day, Brian Phillips of Houston Property Rights wrote me to say that he liked it, too, and now he's selling just such a bumper sticker!
I'm glad to see that this bit of thinking out loud on my part led to such a good idea on his part, and it reminds me of something I read about writing recently:
I think it's far more important to write well than most people realize. Writing doesn't just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you're bad at writing and don't like to do it, you'll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated.This isn't exactly the same thing. In this case, we see that one can realize unforeseen benefits not only by writing, but also from participating in some online forums. In fact, the bouncing-around of ideas here goes a step beyond what Brian recalled: It was a remark of his, to the effect that Houston is America's freest city, on an email list we both participate in that I had in mind when I was writing that post.
As you ponder the benefits of refining your ideas by writing, and by bouncing them around with others, don't forget to stop by Brian's blog to make a donation and get your bumper sticker today -- especially if you live in or near Houston!