You’ve probably noticed that I’ve seriously upped my blogging game last month, going from 1–2 posts a month to daily.

Yes, this was deliberate. I’ve been referring to my month of blogging as “Blog-tober” (I know, not catchy at all), and I wanted to share a bit about why I did it and what I’ve learned.

Why I started daily blogging

Earlier this summer, I took a crazy trip to the Philippines where I traveled by myself to 2,000 year old rice terraces in tribal country and spent several days backpacking off the grid.

If you like stories, you will certainly like this one. But like any wild adventure, there’s a lot to unpack and I want to get it right. Since my return, I have been working on a longer-form narrative about this experience. And *this* type of writing is not fun at all: it’s slow, painstaking, and filled with self-doubt at the end of every paragraph. You can write for a page or two and then ask yourself, “Does any of this matter?” And sometimes the answer is no. Honesty it really sucks. And I can’t even tell if it’s any good yet.

The important thing for me however is to not get caught in the middle of the downward spiral web of long-form writing. To stay somewhat close to the top for fresh air and avoid deep ravines and entire essays that are a massive waste of time and distraction. One of the ways that helps me do this is to publish something entirely different and get reactions from the world. That’s a little dopamine rush that feels good, even when there’s this whole other thing that won’t see the light of day for months.

Finally, I don’t want to forget who’s telling the story, and by that I mean, my personal voice. If I only write this long-form piece, which is confusing and complicated and messy, it’s way easier to forget what I sound like. But if I’m also writing regular, short-form pieces on a daily clip, then I’m essentially priming my brain on my style and voice constantly. That way when I do sit down to work on this other thing, it’ll come out a bit better than it would otherwise.

At least that’s the story I’m telling myself. So yes, I essentially went from sporadic and intermittent burst writing to a day-to-day cadence times two almost overnight. It’s amazing how much new time you can find in your day with a little discipline.

What I’ve learned

All that aside, I’ve learned quite a bit about daily blogging that I also enjoy. Here are a few:

Okay, you’re probably thinking, but it’s November now; are you still going?

And the answer is…yes…for now. I’m telling myself I will keep this up at least until I have a v1 first draft going of my other piece. At the rate I’m going, it’s looking like I may be in for at least several more months of this daily blogging cadence. Hopefully by then I’ll have another few months of practice in place of writing in this format and even more data to go on to evaluate what’s working and what’s not working.

But until then, I’ll see you here tomorrow.

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GM @USV, alum of @StackOverflow and @NorthwesternU, board member at @CompSci_High and @NUalumni, co-founder of #BeyondCodingNYC

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