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What I Learned from 365 Days of Writing and Publishing Online

52 newsletters. 33 podcast episodes. Hundreds of lifehacking guides.

Charlene Wang
4 min readMar 27, 2021

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After a year of writing online, I decided it was time to reflect on how I could become the best creator I could be. Since March of 2020, you’ve received 52 Friday emails, 33 podcast episodes, and hundreds of lifehacking guides. This sheer volume of work has accelerated my growth. And if I could use Joseph Stalin’s quote, “quantity has a quality all its own.”

Every day, I challenge myself to get a bit more vulnerable. Through the year, we’ve studied the principles of writing, working, and storytelling. A lot has changed, but there’s one thing that hasn’t budged in 365 days: the quality of the content.

Building on the creator flywheel, I want to share my secrets to consuming and creating with you.

The Perils of Consuming

I can’t recall much from Shane Parrish and Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s podcast that I listened to while running on the treadmill. The interviews were high quality but did not interest me. It took me three years to admit that those workout episodes created more noise than signal. I went on a podcast detox in early 2020 and rebooted…

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Charlene Wang

Founder, Distillable; Ex-Google Product Manager, Health AI