Consistent writing is difficult. I like to write, and when I do positive things happen: new people find me on the internet, my thoughts are better organized, and my projects get more traffic.
It’s hard to make a habit of writing without making it a chore. When that happens writing sucks and I hate it and I’d rather die than do it.
It’s especially bad when there’s an expectation for the writing: it needs to include X words for SEO, it needs to be shared on Y communities, it needs to have a CTA. Yada yada, fuck that.
“1 blog post a week” also doesn’t work for me. I’m not good at weekly habits. Too much happens in a week for the momentum to stick around.
So I’m trying a new challenge. I want to write 100 words a day. These hundred words aren’t a blog post, nor a tweet. They are just 100 words. They don’t even have to be sentences, I don’t care––just a minimum of 100 words.
I like daily habits and I like personal challenges. This challenge strips away the expectations of the writing, and makes it less a chore and more a personal commitment to something. Like my commitment to drinking 2 coconut waters a day. That’s fun, not a chore.
I hate the word “blog post.” It sounds like lame content marketing. And sticking to one topic––or even a few complementary topics––doesn’t sound fun. I’ll just be writing about whatever is easiest to write about the moment I start writing.
Also, like with this post, if I try to write 100 words I’ll probably just write more. But if I were to sit down and say “yo write 500 words asap or you suck” it’d probably take weeks.
Topics will likely include:
- half-baked theories on how shit I don’t understand completely works
- random personal anecdotes that may or may not have a useful underlying theme
- practical entrepreneurship tips
- hip hop, Sinatra, and opera
- commentary on entrepreneurship
- weightlifting, biking, fitness, nutrition
- the indie software community
- fun facts about gorillas
- random things I’m learning about in acting, screenwriting, and music
- emotional shit like family, friends, and romance
I don’t have a therapist, so maybe that’s what this is. I don’t think I’ll market this aggressively. If you want, you can subscribe to get the writing emailed to you every day or week? I don’t know, I’ll set that up later.
I’ll add a comment section to this, but don’t be dicks.