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.
I had just spent the weekend at Real Social Dynamics' Hot Seat 2, which, frankly, is an amazing program. Tyler comes in with nine hours of hidden camera footage, and plays it for the audience while pausing to explain what's going on.
I learned a ton and was properly inspired, but Tyler's approach is definitely not the easy way out. Instead of rolling up to a girl with an indirect opener, you walk up, make eye contact, and say hi. This sounds easy, but in practice it's scary because you're putting your ego on the line every time, making it trivially easy to be rejected.
So on Monday I went out to the mall to try it. It was the first time I'd been out in the day (for pickup) in a solid month, since we'd been going out at night instead. I did one approach, and then kicked myself for the next hour and a half and did nothing. My brain was looking for, and found, every single reason not to do it. She's too attractive-- start off easier. She's not attractive enough-- you don't want it to go well. She's walking-- she wouldn't stop anyway. She's standing still-- it looks too obvious.
Ivan Ilic, a professional pianist, just reached out with a guestpost and reaction after reading "I think the biggest barrier for me to overcome was myself." Some really fantastic observations on breaking through in here -
Sebastian’s last post was inspirational to me, but not because of the story itself, poignant though it was. Although I would love to read a more detailed account of R’s unusually successful turnaround, there was a turn of phrase in Sebastian’s response that really resonated with me.
“The good news and bad news is that there’s almost never a silver bullet. So, you can safely stop looking for [it] and start picking up 1% edges, 2% edges here and there. Trend upwards and establish little good habits, a better environment around you, and so on. R covers this when he says, “Make sure that all the small steps you take are taking you in the right direction. A little bit at a time, over a long period, and you’ll always win.”
The only way to realize the power of incremental positive changes over time is by experiencing it yourself. Although self-discipline has not been my biggest problem, I had a serious slump in the second half of last year. When I needed to move my most important projects forward, I seemed paralyzed. Does that sound familiar?
The past six months have been the first time I have orchestrated my own turnaround, without external factors to motivate me. “Picking up 1% edges, 2% edges here and there” and establishing modest good habits has been so effective that looking back over the past six months, I’m still shocked.