Seth Godin has posted almost every day for several years! When he had completed his 7000th post last year, he wrote
The secret to writing a daily blog is to write every day. And to queue it up and blog it. There is no other secret.
That’s the first step. To write daily and not atrophy. I did that a lot besides email but never published it. My handwriting has deteriorated though to such an extent that I can’t recognize it. It also takes forever to write anything by hand even though I think that’s a lovely way to write to people. If you want more inspiration, here’s a great post on why he thinks you should blog daily (compiled some of his own blog posts). Ironically this is one inspired by talking about Steve Jobs.
Here’s another great quote that I plan to follow,
Commit to articulating your point of view on one relevant issue, one news story, one personnel issue. Every day. Online or off, doesn’t matter. Share your taste and your perspective with someone who needs to hear it.
Austin Kleon, who I love reading, posted about his daily blogging habit and I was struck by this one particular story. I decided to give that a try too. I know my writing muscles have atrophied. It’s time to regain the form.
The story that inspired me though was, There’s a story about perfectionism in David Bayles and Ted Orland’s excellent book, Art & Fear:
“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
The bold emphasis is mine. But wow that got me off my ass to start writing.
CHOO CHOO here comes the Kage Train.