I’ve published a blog post every one of the past 100 weekdays. That’s 20 weeks of daily blogging. I wrote a post about it after 8 weeks, so here’s another one.
It’s fair to say this habit has changed my life.
- I realized I needed to look for a new job while writing a blog post. 3 months later (2 weeks ago), I started my new job.
- I realized I am an extrovert, not an introvert while writing a blog post, which fundamentally changed my interactions with people.
- That led me to understand that I have mild social anxiety. Since then, I’ve gotten much better at making value-based choices rather than avoidance-based.
- Just 2 days ago, a post of mine led to some fascinating and hilarious discussions, including the first episode of a podcast I’m putting together with a friend.
- I’ve crystallized dozens of random thoughts and ideas, because writing is thinking. And I’ve made connections that I never would have made otherwise. I’m not sure if I would have gotten my new job if I hadn’t already thought through answers to lots of the interview questions while writing blog posts.
- I’ve made new friends with people who found a post and contacted me about it.
It’s life changing, and it’s fun. I look forward to it every time.
In terms of stats, these 100 posts have gotten about 96,000 views so far. 67,000 of those views came from the top 5 posts:
- That coworker who never stops refactoring: 23,722 views
- Wiki bankruptcy: 17,998 views
- 5 second feedback: 12,731 views
- Plan the sprint, not the project: 7,571
- Your calendar should be an allowlist, not a blocklist: 4,969
The 80/20 rule at work, as always.
When I try to convince people to try it, they say they don’t have time or they will run out of topics. Well, prove it! Try it as an experiment!
Here’s what I do:
- Whenever I have an interesting thought or come across an idea in a book that resonates, I make it the title of an empty blog draft. (Bonus: this helps to remember what I read!)
- Every morning, when I sit down at the computer, I pick one of those drafts and write about it. Just ramble, who cares! If it’s crap, I’ll write another one tomorrow anyway.
- Publish, then get started with my work day.
That’s it. Simple, as the best processes always are. Anyone can do it.
Try it for a week and see if you want to keep it going. It only gets easier as you go.