Why a ten minute blog? I’m usually in favor of well-thought out content and try to subscribe to Ryan Holiday’s motto from Perennial Seller: try to create things that last, don’t add to the piles of rubbish and useless information that already get created every day.
The Ten Minute Blog seems to counter this notion: how can something that’s written in ten minutes possibly be good? There are a few reasons why this works for me:
- I usually over-think things, meaning I’ll either not start on certain topics, or make articles too long (and then either publish articles that are too long or not finish them at all).
- Writing comes pretty naturally to me and I can write a lot in ten minutes.
- I’m a perfectionist when it comes to writing and can keep polishing things on and on.
Forcing myself to write something in ten minutes counters these tendencies: don’t look back, keep going, it has to be finished.
I got this idea while reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. She described writing a novel in 30 days by doing ~1,700 words per day for 30 days in a row. I realized I could try a minitiature version of this concept for my blog posts.
The other advantage of the ten minute blog post is that it will strengthen another habit I’ve struggled to build for a while: to keep a daily log for reflection.
The idea for the Daily Log is to jot down thoughts, lessons, observations, and other things of note that happen throughout the day. Not in a complex way, just a few words that go into a Daily Log Evernote notebook.
My Daily Log has been moving along with fits and bursts, but the habit hasn’t really stuck yet. Worse, the real purpose is reflection and learning, but this hardly ever happens because I don’t find the time to go through the log.
The Ten Minute Blog counters this: I use the Daily Log to record things throughout the day, then in the evening I browse through the log and pick a topic for the Ten Minute Blog; refection and learning guaranteed.
To wrap up, here are the rules for my Ten Minute Blog:
- One post per day, written in ten minutes or less.
- One polishing round after a week is allowed, but no complete rewrites.
- No fixed topics.
- Build up a buffer of 30 days before I start publishing.
- Not everything has to be published, but at least one per week.
That’s the Ten Minute Blog.
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