During the past two weeks I've waffled back and forth on whether or not to continue to posting daily. Half the time I think it's a great idea, and the other half I'm checking the calendar to see how many more days of this bedtime-extending hell I have left.
Some pros and cons for the writing every day thing:
You've lived through the two weeks of daily posts. Did you read them all? Did you prefer them over the 3-4 that I would have posted otherwise? Do you hope I continue to post daily? Even if you don't normally comment, please take a sec to chime in.
I'm a reader from Germany. Since more then 1 year now I get your blog posts. I enjoy reading most of them. The idea of writing every day in my opinion isn't very helpfull. I think it's better if you keep on writing ones in a while, but then you really want to and have good stories or helpfull things to tell!! Keep up the good work Tynan.
I prefer quality over quantity..It's quite hard for me to keep track with your writing everyday...
I rarely read your articles since you posted everyday for the past few weeks..
I think a new posting in 3 days is good !
aaand.. as soon as i post my comment i realized that you already answered with exactly what i said. good plan! ;)
my opinion on the matter is definitely keep up the scheduled writing, i really like the consistency, you should write 3 or so entries a week but try writing every day, build on something you think is a good story, or start up new ones. keep up the daily writing and just post the stuff that is really worth it. that way youre improving your writing, were getting consistent updates and everyone is happy as a clam!
ps going to japan in august, just bought my tickets. thanks for motivating me to actually do it!
I preferred it when the posts were fewer and of higher quality.
Thank you all very much for the feedback. I was expecting everyone to suggest that I continue with it, so your replies were a surprise.
I won't be continuing to post every day, but I will be writing every day (working on drafts), to maintain consistency and make sure I keep improving.
I read every post, and enjoyed them all. I appreciated knowing that you would have a post up everyday. If everyday is too much, then every other day would be good too. I really do think you should try to have a consistent schedule, even though that seems like it might limit the creative process.
Overall, I liked the daily thing better. I definitely looked forward to seeing what you had to say each day. Same with Seth's blog and with Siver's. I read them every day. I think you should keep it up. Or at least 3-4 posts per week. You could always have some queued up so you don't HAVE to write daily.
The one thing I consistently fail to account for when planning trips, especially shorter ones, is the disruption it will cause to my routine. For over a hundred days in a row, I wrote a blog post every day, did a Chinese lesson, worked on SETT, and a few other things for which I hold myself accountable.
I went to Peru for ten days, and although I started off strong, jamming in the blog post and Chinese lessons on my flights and bus ride to the Andes, once I started hiking I stopped doing those things. No real foul there, because breathing and walking had become difficult first priorities. When I got back to civilization, still in Peru, I resumed working hard on SETT, but I stopped doing Chinese lessons. I was practicing Spanish every day, though, so that made it okay. I wrote a monster blog post about Peru and sort of let myself coast on that. After all, it was a lot longer than my average post.
I got back to San Francisco and had only a week before I was going to Mexico. That week was great. I felt bad about being off schedule, so I used that as motivation to get back on. I rated three of those days as As and four as Bs, which is a pretty solid week. Next there are ten days completely missing from my schedule. I remember them, though. I worked on SETT every day while I was in Mexico, at a reduced capacity, as expected. I did a couple Chinese lessons, but was speaking Spanish, and fell behind on blog posts. Maybe I wrote four during those ten days.
Again, I got back and got back on schedule, but this time with less consistency. One day I gave myself an F and didn't even write any notes on the day. A few others I got Ds. There are As and Bs, too, but not as many as there should be.
This is part two of my thoughts on NaNoWriMo. For part one, click here.
The mighty chart of many words on multiple days during mostly mornings.
A) Writing daily for NaNoWriMo has helped build the habit of daily writing.
This seems simplistic and on the surface it is, if you do a habit daily then you will build that habit. The problem I've had in the past is that it's easy to skip a day after five in a row and then do three only to miss another. Those missed days add up in the process of habit formation. Within NaNoWriMo these missed days have a quantifiable weight to them. I haven't had a zero day but I did only manage 329 words on another, the lowest blue bar. My habit is to write each day, and doing that I've succeed. If my habit was 1600 words each day, then the days I miss that habit are even more pronounced.