Takeaways From Two Months on Medium

The Forrest Four-Cast: October 16, 2016

I’m now almost two months in on this four-paragraph-per-day writing experiment that I started in mid-August. I’d like to report that the process has gotten easier the more I’ve done it — but that’s not entirely accurate. Some days are still a lot harder than others in terms of revving the creative juices.

A few other observations from the first 55 (or so) posts on Medium.

  1. Multi-tasking is always hard. Trying to write while multi-tasking is almost impossible.
  2. Organizing things in easy-to-digest listicle format helps with a lot of different aspects of this process. Thanks, Buzzfeed.
  3. Headlines make a big difference in terms of attracting readers. Moving forward, I need to become a lot better in this task.
  4. Attracting readers also depends on tapping into new networks. My most popular post (about Korean startups) clearly reflects this fact.
  5. Another popular post was a recap of the SXSL event in Washington DC. Thanks Obama.
  6. Predictions and trend analysis are also popular (witness the large number of hits on these predictions for SXSW 2017). I also need to get at lot more comfortable in my abilities to forecast the future.
  7. Fact-focused posts about SXSW still don’t get as much traction as I would like.
  8. In my best days, I can crank out four paragraphs in about 30 minutes.
  9. But most days, I spend between 60 and 90 minutes on this project.
  10. I’m committed to at least one more month on this task. However, beginning next week, I will focus these posts a little more on dissecting SXSW 2017 programming (the bulk of which will be announced on Monday, October 17).
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