30 Blog Posts in 30 Days
Yesterday capped my July 2017 30-day blogging challenge. Below are reflections on the process followed by links to the 30 posts I wrote.
I ended up writing according to certain themes.
- Life advice based on sharing my own routines and strategies and citing such writers as Dale Carnegie and Cal Newport (posts 1, 3, 10, 25, 26, & 29).
- Parenting posts reflecting on my experience as a father and my unschooling philosophy (5, 20, & 24). Other education-related posts include 7 & 12.
- Reminiscences on my career, many of which also offered advice (7, 8, 9, 11, & 12).
- Posts featuring my favorite historian Will Durant (4, 14, 17, 23, & 30).
- Posts featuring my favorite economist Ludwig von Mises (26, 27, & 28).
- Other posts discussed the mind-blowing book The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley (15 and 16), Leonard Read, FEE, and the liberty movement (18 & 19), and the ideas of psychiatrist Nathaniel Branden (6).
- Some days were so packed that I had to do very brief posts (5, 13, 20, & 21). On two days, I failed to remember to blog and did an extra “make-up” post the following day.
Over the past 30 days, my Medium posts have had 3,154 views and my 3 most-read posts were:
- For Civilization, Trade Is More Fundamental than Agriculture
- 24 Books I’ve Read in the Past 12 Months
- 4 Steps You Can Take To Get Paid For Doing What You Love
What I’ve gained from this experience:
- The discipline to overcome perfectionism and “ship” posts every day, regardless of inspiration or epiphany.
- Not letting myself fall out of the writing state of mind: not needing to climb my way back into it.
- Faster writing.
- Starting each day intellectually engaged thus and smarter.
- Generating abundant ideas that spill over into my work, my conversations, and inform and enrich my life.
- Doing “close readings” of my favorite books (Durant’s The Story of Civilization and Mises’s Human Action) and explaining their wisdom to my audience.
- Growing my following on Medium (now up to 1.92K) and better serving my regular readers who follow me on Medium and Facebook.
My plan for August and beyond.
- Continue blogging daily.
- Also convert blog posts into full essays for FEE.org and other publications, by polishing them up, fleshing them out, and combining some. I’ll see if even publishing one full essay every day is feasible.
Would you like to adopt better habits in your life? The most efficient way of doing so is to first focus on what author…medium.com
Self-publishing articles on the web is splendidly valuable on many levels. But one of the best ways to reach new…medium.com
Daily journaling might be the most powerful keystone habit of all. It is the habit that can beget all other habits…medium.com
In explaining Herbert Spencer’s social philosophy, Will Durant wrote this about altruism in The Story of Philosophy:medium.com
I have intended to unschool my daughter since the day she was born. I still do, and yet I’m also leaning toward…medium.com
As Nathaniel Branden wrote, “Self-esteem, fully realized, is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the…medium.com
School, and especially college, is supposed to be a place of intellectual stimulation. Yet school only stunted my…medium.com
I never thought I’d become a libertarian. For most of my life, I thought of libertarianism as nothing more than a…medium.com
I suspect I have always been a latent libertarian. I have always had a stubborn, individualistic streak, and I have…medium.com
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve gleaned from How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is: to be…medium.com
Most people who are filtered through the school system throughout their childhood come out the other end of it…medium.com
Our organization’s open office layout already stimulates a lot of cross-team collaboration. But having at the same…medium.com
“I have tried in this book to accomplish the first part of a pleasant assignment which I rashly laid upon myself some…medium.com
In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith famously wrote of humanity’s “propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing…medium.com
“I want to know what were the steps by which men passed from barbarism to civilization.” — VOLTAIRE.medium.com
In a column back in April, David Brooks wrote:medium.com
One of the most precious portions of our cultural heritage is the classical liberal tradition. As I wrote in my article…medium.com
In 1933, Leonard Read had a conversion experience that was in a very broad sense similar to that of St. Paul. Paul…medium.com
That is my most precious gift that I will give my daughter. Except, it is not so much a gift as it is refraining from…medium.com
Plus 4 I’m enjoying now, and my top 6 out of all of them.medium.com
According to Will Durant, civilization,medium.com
People who encounter my daughter often remark how articulate she is. She’s 4, and I’ve been hearing such comments since…medium.com
Actor Terry Crews only eats between 2pm and 10pm. General Stanley McChrystal eats one meal a day. Intermittent fasting…medium.com
I haven’t read very much about meditation, and I only started meditating about a month ago, so I’m a neophyte on the…medium.com