Solve a Problem on a Page



The beauty of the Web is that we can share solutions on a page.

A friend of mine once challenged me with the question, “If you covered that topic, how many pages would it be? … 20 pages? … 30 pages?”

In one fell swoop,  he taught me to think of knowledge in terms of pages.

It was a swift, radical shift from collections of information to collections of pages.  A page really is a wonderful frame to hang a solution on.  If you’ve ever come across a well packaged, single solution on a single page, you know exactly what I mean.

When somebody tells me they want to blog, but don’t know what to write about, I suggest they solve a problem on a page.  If they do that multiple times, they can have a powerful blog.  Talk about divide and conquering a problem.

What problems can you solve on a page?

Photo by koalazymonkey.


  1. I like this! Thinking about my own blogs, I do solve problems on the page. Each page is dedicated to one problem/issue/topic,and what makes blogging so much fun for me is that I can cover so many different topics -solve so many problems using my blog pages.

  2. Great concept (and challenge) to solve everything in one page. My sensi would challenge us to always explain a problem and it’s solution in one page – now it’s called A3 planning by the Americans.

  3. @ Michelle — It sounds like you had a smart sensei. I like that A3 planning is rooted in the PDCA cycle.

  4. Hi JD .. honing down each aspect so we get the salient point is important .. especially if we’re expecting to teach someone something.

    A page is a good way of looking at things .. I work linearly .. but I’d like to use mind maps more often for projects .. that’s what I’ll be trying out as I move forward.

    It’s getting the mix right .. working out what works .. and solving that challenge .. page by page, if necessary.

    Cheers Hilary

  5. @ Hilary — I really like the metaphor of solving problems page by page … it’s like eating the elephant a bite at a time.

  6. Hi, J.D. 🙂
    Thank you for this affirmation! I believe that this is THE VERY REASON that I write.
    As an adult, both blessed and cursed, with ADD I am often floating on the beauty or slowly wading through the brambles of this condition.
    I have been working very hard over the past 2 years to “master” my personal challenges.
    My “tool box” was overflowing for a while as I continued to encounter all the wonderful tools available to address my challenge. I was like a kid in a candy store who wanted one of everything! I had my basket full. But just recently it finally overwhelmed me and I am in the process of culling down to the bare necessities; the BEST TOOLS.
    I am so happy to have found your blog (and I don’t even remember how I did)!! And I don’t believe that you are just some ‘shiny new gadget’. You’re a keeper! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your Wisdom with those of us so desperately seeking!

    • I’m in a similar process of going through my vast toolbox and honing in on the ones that truly make the difference.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Best wishes on your road ahead.

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