Changing direction

This post will mark almost 20,000 words published since I began writing this blog at the beginning of 2019, or about one fifth of the average paperback novel.

So far google analytics tells me that I’ve amassed quite the audience. My impressive visitor stats are as follows:

MonthVisitors
January 201950
February 201986

Ok, so I’m off to a slow start.

My goal when I started was to acquire the habit for writing on a daily basis, and after doing this for almost 3 months, I feel like I’ve achieved that. The daily routine goes something like this.

  1. 4am: Get up, start on a tall glass of diluted apple cider vinegar
  2. Feed our two burmese cats
  3. Meditate for 10 minutes
  4. Write

My initial inspiration for starting this blog came from the prolific writing habits of Seth Godin, who has been writing on his blog daily for decades. In that time he has published almost 7,500 posts consisting of some 3,000,000 words, and still going strong.

Along my writing journey I’ve encountered the enemy of all creative endeavours, resistance, sometimes taken 2 hours to write just a few paragraphs, and sometimes written a post in less than half an hour.

What I have noticed though, is that in the scramble to produce a new post daily, that I’ve not always been entirely happy with the work. I figured that my ability to formulate my thoughts on to the page would improve, and they have, but it’s been a bit hit and miss, and sometimes I wish I’d taken longer to dive into a topic in a longer form post.

On top of that, I’ve started writing my first book (a fiction novel), so I’ve had to re-allocate some of the time I spent writing on the blog so I can work on the novel too.

So from now on I’ve set myself a new daily goal. That is to keep writing 500 words a day on average (between the novel and the blog), and to publish a new post on the blog once I’m happy with the quality, rather than getting something out the door every day. This might mean posting every second or third day, or even weekly.

I have no idea where this writing gig is going to lead, and it’s not like I don’t already have a lot on my plate. I have three young children aged 10, 8 and 1 with another one on the way, a business in the process of resurrection, I cross-fit twice a week, and aim to read at least 20 pages of a book each day, all the while trying to average at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

What I do know is that even though I still feel like I’m floundering every time I sit down to write, that the niggling urge to keep writing is still there, so I’ll keep going.

You can expect a wide range of topics on the blog covering productivity as well as some others I haven’t touched on yet, including the (re)emerging science of psychedelics, ponderances over our existence in the known universe, and musings over the things that science can’t yet prove, but effect the lives of all of us nonetheless.

If you’ve been joining me for the journey so far, thanks for coming along, and I hope to have your company for longer still. I hope also, that what I write here can make a positive difference in your life. And if not, well I’ll have something that my kids can tease me about when I’m really old.