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.
- Multi-tasking is always hard. Trying to write while multi-tasking is almost impossible.
- Organizing things in easy-to-digest listicle format helps with a lot of different aspects of this process. Thanks, Buzzfeed.
- Headlines make a big difference in terms of attracting readers. Moving forward, I need to become a lot better in this task.
- Attracting readers also depends on tapping into new networks. My most popular post (about Korean startups) clearly reflects this fact.
- Another popular post was a recap of the SXSL event in Washington DC. Thanks Obama.
- 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.
- Fact-focused posts about SXSW still don’t get as much traction as I would like.
- In my best days, I can crank out four paragraphs in about 30 minutes.
- But most days, I spend between 60 and 90 minutes on this project.
- 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).