Three Weeks of Writing

Write every day

I spent three weeks trying to write every day. What did I learn?

  • Publishing through my own blog and URL took some initial set up, but it’s easy now to go from a draft to a published post in a few seconds.
  • Deciding what to write was challenging. There were a few days where my mind would be more alert toward noticing topics to write about.
  • Creating each post still feels like it takes longer than expected.
    • There’s the process of deciding what to write.
    • Writing it.
    • Editing before publishing.
  • I missed a few days of writing and publishing
    • It would happen if I decided to use my morning time to work on a project instead of using that time to write. I would make the assumption that I’d write and publish something in the evening. The takwaway here reminds me of willpower and discipline as a muscle. You have a certain amount of it each day, and as you flex it, it gets tired.
  • Sharing my writing on other outlets allowed people to find my writing. But only tweeting about my own content didn’t feel very conversational on Twitter.
  • Writing about projects gives each phase of the project a sense of completion. Similar to how I’m reflecting on this writing experiment and wrapping it up.
  • Scrolling through my writing, I saw a few buckets of interest. I was aware of my interest in education, workflows, design, and management. I was surprised to see a theme of community and culture building throughout several posts. That’s a topic I’d like to spend more time working and thinking about.

What’s next

There’s are a few things to try differently next time:

  • A different publishing cadence. Write every day toward a more substantial piece that is published once a week.
  • Make it easier to decide what to write.
  • Try different publication formats and outlets. e.g. Newsletters, other blogs.