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.