Lately, I've come to the realization that I'm not very good at running experiments. I'm good at what I have come to call "spaghetti." Spaghetti is where you throw things at the wall and see what sticks... if you want to see where the term comes from, give a 2-year-old spaghetti for dinner, don't watch him too closely and see what happens when he throws the spaghetti against the wall. Don't get me wrong, sometimes spaghetti can be useful. However, it's not an experiment.
Let me give you an example. I've been treating this blog like spaghetti. I've been trying some neat things, but not coming up with disciplined experiments. I fiddle around with an idea or just try some stuff, but there's no hypothesis. This makes gathering feedback or developing measures tough because I'm not clear about what I'm testing. Fortunately, I've got people around me pushing me on this, which has helped me realize my spaghetti mistake.
With all that said (er, typed), I want to run experiments and stop throwing spaghetti. I need your help with this. When is something an experiment? Moreover, how do you turn spaghetti into a useful experiment? Specifically, how can I turn my "blog spaghetti" into a useful experiment? Help me out in the comments.