Why didn’t I start earlier? It’s the most recurring thought I have when I think about my daily writing streak. I started believing I would have written 30 articles in 30 days, and here I am. This is my 200th daily article written in a row. I had already made some considerations when I wrote my 100th one and my half a million words of private journaling. I am not reading it. I want to see what comes up without refreshing my memory of that context.
What have I learned by writing every day for 200 days?
My thinking is faster and deeper, although I feel even more fragmented in my writing. I struggled several times to keep my daily commitment. More than in the past.
I can focus better and for more extended periods. I feel I can address and manage more complicated problems and more complex contexts. That doesn’t reflect in the depth of the articles I wrote, though. I saw positive consequences in all but my writing.
I see improvement in my planning and scheduling skills. I am more sensitive to robust logical processes, and I can spot holes quicker.
I perceive continuity in my constant thinking about writing. I am always searching for a daily topic, but I almost always fail to dedicate enough resources to develop it. 90 times out of 100, I rushed it, “just because I have to do it.” That is the most frustrating feeling. I’ve set the goal myself, and I pull my body at the keyboard to do it, usually without much pleasure but perceiving it as a chore.
My desire for a different approach to writing is stronger and stronger. I dream about writing deeper, not necessarily longer but better-researched pieces.
I am now more aware of the communication style I use the most. It’s me, talking in the first person. So most of my sentences are of the type “I do, I think, I want.” I think it’s fine. I feel comfortable with that. And I also realize that this is not necessarily the best way to get closer to you, my dear reader. That’s the truth, I hope to serve an audience, but I am still doing all of this primarily for myself. So, yes, I am aware I am not mainly promoting interaction with readers. What do you think about it?
CREAZEE.COM changed this aspect of what I am in CURATELLA.COM. This spin-off is the perfect opportunity to split my multiple personalities. In CREAZEE, I share my thoughts and games with a small community (paid only for now). We had a gratifying experience of writing together daily for 60 days. You see, I am not the only crazy here, I mean, CREAZEE! I promised I would have opened the Daily Writing Challenge of CREAZEE to other cohorts, but, boy, it’s hard work! I hope to grow this community in the next few days. Bear with me.
Personal Knowledge Management, this long and articulated composed word, it’s the key to my evolution. It just means: learning how to learn better, faster for more profound and more enduring knowledge. It takes time. I know. I am young. I’ve just started, but I know this is the framework I need to augment myself. With PKM, I aim at organizing the endless river of my thoughts. I see piles of ideas starting to coalesce, and I cannot rely on serendipity and intuition only. I need an exocortex.
My 12 Favorite Problems, for instance, it’s a happy experiment. Thrown in the CREAZEE arena, I lived on my skin. It produced an interesting group of foci I could use as creative attractors, filters, and lenses to see the world with a more focused vision and higher quality attention.
Illustrated covers, why? It’s a habit, started as a joke that now I cannot kill. Sometimes it’s too much to create illustrations and the writing, but I usually manage it with a minimalist approach (the only possible). A remarkable realization, almost always, in 5 or 6 minutes, I can create relevant and expressive illustrations for the critical point of the related article. This is quite intriguing, a challenge within the challenge, quiet, implicit, and sometimes mysterious.
I understand that I need to have a plan, but It’s difficult to plan, and usually, things go quite differently. So, questions and directions could better serve the need to look at things in perspective.
- What about using the 12 Favorite Problems? It’s an occasion to refine them while doing research. It would foster longer threads and consistency.
- What about planning at least the following seven daily articles? It would be less stressful to improvise, at night, the one for that day.
- What about starting to collect more ideas and initiating drafts that can grow slowly, bit by bit, day by day? Isn’t that what PKM should be used for?
- What if, instead of daily sharing my writings, I do a digest weekly? I don’t see masses of people running to read my articles when I share them around. Isn’t that a waste of time? (For sure, I can do it better).
- What about using Social Media for having meaningful and creative conversations rather than oversharing my articles?
- What did I think when I wrote 100 articles? And 30 articles? How have I changed? What do I see at my 300 articles goal?
It’s You and Me
I know you are reading, right? So, what if I try to apply what I am self-suggesting, and we have a little exchange about this article?
- Do you like what I write and publish every day?
- Yes, why? No, Why?
- Which articles are your favorite? Why?
- Do you have any favorite topics you would like me to write about in the future?
- What shall I stop doing?
- What shall I continue to do?
- What shall I start to do?