Just wanted to grab a few quotes from some daily bloggers about blogging daily. Because I do want to get back to the more casual form of daily blogging. Share a link, share a book quote, share some thoughts. Multiple posts on some days.
That seemed like a more fun internet.
It seems pretty straightforward for my own goals of learning stuff. I read at least a little bit every day so I should be able to share something I learned every day. If I don’t, then I wasn’t reading closely enough.
Neel Nanda on a daily blogging experiment and how to approach it if you’re planning something similar:
And finally, remember, humans systematically suck at making plans. The default state of the world is that you’ll forget about this idea. If you have felt excited about the idea of daily blogging, and want to try writing something every day for the next week, look past that enthusiasm. Imagine yourself a week from now, feeling guilty because you totally forgot about all of these ambitions. Are you surprised by this? What went wrong? And what can you do about it right now to prevent that failure mode coming to pass?
Tyler Cowen talked about writing daily on the Tim Ferriss podcast:
Tyler Cowen: It is daily in an almost religious manner. I write on Christmas Day, I write on Sundays, I write columns, blog posts. I like to quit writing before I get tired of writing. That way I’m hungry to come back the day after. And the real enemy in writing is days where you get nothing written. If you write something every day, I don’t care how much or how little it is, it’s going to add up. And over time, you’ll get more done each day. So just make it an absolute rule. The really important thing, it may not be writing for everyone, but just do it every day, get better at it every day. Don’t take any excuses. Do it.
Cowen also talks about wanting something sort of normal (writing online full time) that wasn’t really the norm when he started:
Tyler Cowen: In retrospect, it doesn’t sound that scary. I started blogging I think, 17 years ago. And the notion that I would do this every day for what is now almost 17 years at the time was extremely weird. And I was doing well in my other endeavors. It wasn’t, there was some kind of failure that needed to be patched up. But I just thought, I’m going to do this. I’m not going to look back. At first, no one paid any attention for years. I just kept on doubling down happily in my oblivious fog, and it worked out great.
Gretchen Rubin suggests getting things started with a blast start. From Better Than Before:
Three times, I’ve set aside a few days to work on a book during every waking hour, with breaks only for meals and for exercise. These periods of intensity help fuel my daily writing habit. However, a Blast Start is, by definition, unsustainable over the long term. It’s very important to plan specifically how to shift from the intensity of the Blast Start into the habit that will continue indefinitely.
Maybe I won’t blog daily forever, but it’s something I’m excited to do for… at least the next few days.