(I'm way too tired to figure out what sort of picture goes with this post, so here's a picture I took in the Sahara)
Okay, so maybe it's a bit of a cop out to write about writing, but it's suddenly four in the morning and I have a post to write.
Seth Godin writes every single day of the year. Some days he writes more than one. Somehow nearly every post is amazing.
Derek Sivers has a blog too. I'm a casual reader - I haven't read every post of his, but I occasionally pop by and read a few articles to get caught back up. He writes a lot about music, which isn't a topic I'm interested in, but his insight is interesting enough that I'm eager to read his stuff.
A few days ago I visited his site and saw this post about how he's going to start writing every day, like Seth Godin. He also references a great story that I've heard before as well.
As I read his post I thought, "huh, maybe I should do that as well," but didn't think too much of it.
The next day I turned on my computer, checked my e-mail, and thought, "oh yeah, Derek is updating every day. I should see what he wrote today." As soon as I noticed the effect his choice to write daily had on me as a reader, I decided to try it for myself.
So for the past five days, as you may have noticed, I've written a post every day (the one that says June 7th was really posted right before midnight). I'm going to do it for at least another nine more days, and then evaluate whether or not to keep going with it.
(By the way, I've also thought about doing the opposite... writing a mega post once a month.)
I have the feeling that it may be easier to write every day than it is to write sporadically. Momentum builds, there's no debating whether or not to write, and the blog feels more like a conversation. So let's see how things are after two weeks, I'll get your feedback, and maybe I'll keep it up.
i agree that it could be a good plan, but on the other hand if you have nothing to write about it could become tedious to read through all the mediocre posts just to get to the good ones. test the waters. if its good awesome. if not, oh well you tried it and learned what works best for you. good luck!
It's true that writing every day can be educational, but are you sure you want to share what you write every day?
Be short if you've got nothing to write about, see Twitter :)
I'd rather see one good post per month than 30 mediocre ones. In the latter case *I* would no longer read your blog (too much filtering).
I _do_ like your blog btw :)
i think this is absolutely a great plan. thanks for writing about it. i had noticed you were posting much more frequently and was both pleased and inspired by it. am i on the whitelist now?
Sivers.org is one of my favorite blogs. Even though it's focused towards musicians most of the lessons can be applied by anyone.
Right on. I look forward to reading. I've been trying to do the same on my blog. A lot of the greatest writers set daily word quotas for themselves:
Hemingway- 500 words daily (pretty small for a novelist).
Jack London- 1,000 words daily
I think Stephen King writes several thousand words daily. So there's something to be said for discipline in writing.
Let's be honest: My blog is pretty cool. It's not nearly as popular at Boingboing, Tuckermax, or that weird housewife who writes about her kids, but I have a pretty steady readership who all post comments and get something out of the site. Since I started around a year ago, I've averaged 1200 unique readers a day (half of that is thanks to huge spikes from digg and such). My blog hasn't made me rich, but I've probably made a few thousand dollars, which is a nice side effect. More importantly it's made me a much better writer, and has helped me chronicle the past year of my life.
What I'm saying is this : I can't help you build the next Engadget or WWTDD, but I can help you get started to building a moderately popular blog.
First you need decent hosting and Wordpress. Don't mess with blogger - no one reads blogger blogs because they all look the same and don't have cool plugins that you need. I know you can customize it and all, but stop arguing and do it my way.
You know, there is a general rule that applies to being successful at anything. It is, "Make things look easy."
It's been remarked upon many times, by many great and talented people through history.
Probably the best explanation of sprezzatura I've seen comes from Derek Sivers -
“Sprezzatura” is an Italian word that means “to hide conscious effort and appear to accomplish difficult actions with casual nonchalance.”