Today marks the final day of my challenge to publish on every day of June.
Here are a few things I've learned from this experiment:
- Publishing an idea made me more likely to practice it. I've had passing thoughts about many of the ideas I wrote about, like not buying things on sale or misattributing anxiety, but I noticed I was much more likely to act on these ideas after publishing them. I respected them more.
- It was extremely tempting to provide disclaimers, to lessen expectations. Publishing daily forces you to make unfinished work public. As a recovering perfectionist, this was uncomfortable. Knowing that people only remember your good work is logically soothing, but perfectionism isn't logical.
- I found my groove by starting a first draft in the morning. I'd limit myself to adding words to the page, no editing or backspacing. Then I'd go about my day, returning to the draft at the end of the day. At that point I'd trim the fat (usually cutting the word count in half, or more) and refine my thoughts before hitting publish. Once published, I'd read the post once more and fix typos.
- All of my ideas came from text messages I sent myself anytime an interesting thought entered my mind. The criteria is simple: the moment I caught myself feeling curious about an idea, I'd text myself a one sentence summary. Each morning I'd scroll through the collection of sentences and write about whatever sparked the most interest.
- Publishing daily gave me an inside look at what kinds of ideas are most attractive to me. My inputs definitely bias this, but it was cool to see which topics continually resurfaced.
I like the idea of taking my favorite posts and building on them, transforming them into a more complete account. But first I'm going to enjoy a break from scheduled publishing.