New Strategy

After analyzing my process for writing blog posts, I’ve realized some things.

First, I can’t write and publish on the same day. I like to write about problems I’ve faced or solutions I’ve come up with. Yet solving those problems take up a lot of the day. If I let it, it can consume the entire day, easily. That’s bad for this idea of blogging everyday because it adds another thing I have to do to the day; which increases the odds that it’s not happening.

Second, I’m lacking in the more long form blog post that I want to put out on like Medium or dev.to. Sure I could just port my daily stuff, but it wouldn’t feel right because these are so casual.

To address these issues, I’ve been trying to come up with a system - a blog post lifecycle, if you will. It’s what more professional people do, and while I don’t know their exact system, I can tweak whatever I come up with until I am satisfied with it.

I’ve been planning out how to steal more time for myself throughout the day to actually write more. This means I should have more time to dedicate to this “lifecycle”.

Ideally, I have a 3 day cycle for daily posts: * Day 1 is for the rough, paper draft * Day 2 is for an electronic, edited version * Day 3 is publishing

I’ve been planning out a way to automate most of this too, because it would lower the “activation energy” needed to keep all of this running.

On top of that, throughout the week, I would also be working on a longer post. Ideally, these posts get a 6 day cycle: * 5 days to write the post * The last day is publishing

This means that I can have daily posts Monday through Friday, a long form post come out on Saturday, and Sunday be free to plan and do other things.


I want to mention that all of this was really triggered by this post that I read on dev.to.

The idea of shorter feedback loops is not new to me. It’s the same as taking a big goal and breaking it down into a bunch of smaller goals. The small goals give you the feedback that you are doing something right much sooner than waiting to see if you accomplish the big goal.

Just to beat the dead horse one more time: small feedback loops are essentially what all of the different belt colors in martial arts is for. Instead of asking yourself, “Am I a black belt yet?”, you can check how far along this pre-established path you are and trust that you will get there eventually.

Anyway, I was so focused on figuring out what to write about next, I didn’t stop to realize I need to change the process of how I’m writing in the first place.

So with a bit of research, a few days of planning, and remembering that I need to focus on doing this “good enough for now” instead of “perfect”, a plan was born.

Here’s to more consistent writing!


Thanks for reading this post! Comments, questions, and feedback are always welcome.


Thanks for reading this post! Comments, questions, and feedback are always welcome.