Field Notes

30 Days of Blogging: Checking In

November 11, 2014 | In 30 days

I'm 20% done with my 30 day blogging challenge. I've produced six posts, which triples my output for the year.

The constraints of daily writing are liberating. There's limited time to write. If I want to sleep, I have to click 'publish'. That cuts down on perfectionism.

As I know from Andrew's blog, having a practice is about making a consistent effort. In the Simple Daily Practice interview he mentions that you may feel you don't want to do it, but you made a commitment. That's freeing too. Enthusiasm isn't a reliable indicator, so no worries when it's missing. Show up, get it done, show up again tomorrow.

Writing each post is taking too long to be sustainable. I've been getting to bed later each night. The first slowdown comes when converting the outline into verbose paragraphs. I switch to an easier section "so I can keep going", but when the easy sections run out I need to gut through it. The second slowdown comes while adding cohesiveness back into the raw draft. I'm not sure how to smooth that out, beyond having more words on the page to edit.

This week I'll try a few changes:

  • an hour max at the keyboard per post
  • plow through the rough draft linearly
  • apply pomodoros as needed
  • start my homework earlier

24 to go.