I wrote yesterday about my first attempt at blogging, which taught me that I need a theme. Prompted by Scott’s book I identified my values and then my Body of Work, by answering these questions:

  • What do you want to create? (books, blog posts, code, classes, software)
  • Who do you want to help?
  • What wil happen as a result of investing your time and energy in this project? Is it important to you? Is it important to your community?
  • Why you? What unique perspecitve or experience do you bring to this work?
  • Is it worth trying, even if it fails miserably?
  • If not now, when?

I realised that my mission is using technology in a positive way, to improve physical and mental health. This is something I could write about regulalry, and blend it with some of my own personal perspective.

In Seth’s interview with Tim Ferriss he talks about why everyone should blog daily. I decided to try this.

I’ve managed two days on, two days off and then four days consecutively. Now I have momentum, I want to keep going. I’m reminded of Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret to keep producing work: Don’t Break The Chain.

These are beneficial changes I’ve noticed so far:

  • The motivation to ship a post leads to thinking about the process of writing and how to improve writing style.
  • It’s uncomfortable not knowing what you’re going to write tomorrow; but doing it anyway
  • A practice of recording ideas and journaling develops. And creating a space for it to happen.
  • Half-baked ideas need to be fleshed out which leads to deeper investigation and more focus
  • Reading for its own sake is replaced by reading in order to share something, which benefits others
  • Writing helps me to see more clearly what I’m thinking and the patterns over time
  • Readers notice things that you hadn’t and broaden your perspective
  • Freelance work in someone else’s company is often constrained in some way; writing allows us to use our own voice
  • With limited time we make conscious choices to prioritise what we need to get the work done

Update

I’ve been reflecting on this post and have some more:

  • It’s useful to revisit an earlier post and add to it after reflection; the change in perspective brings new insight by itself
  • Change comes incrementally over time; focusing on a limited number of things at one time allows us to add depth as new insight comes
  • There is tension when we don’t receive feedback; it’s helpful to recognise that and be comfortable with it
  • You don’t need permission to start writing
  • Everyone has a book in them

If you write regularly I’d love to hear your experience on what’s worked, what you’ve found challenging, and the benefits you’ve gained.