I’m trying to publish more consistently on this blog and I’m looking for ways to generate ideas to write about.
Why do I even want to publish more often?
The more ideas you write down, the more you have— Tiago Forte (@fortelabs) August 22, 2019
The more you tweet, the more things you have to tweet
The more you write, the more things you have to say
Publishing causes new ideas, not the other way around
The more I write down, the more I will have things to write about. I’ve already found this to be true since starting this blog. I’m paying more attention to the ideas I have and making sure I write them down to reference later.
The longer you go without writing something publicly, the more pressure you put on yourself—which works against you in producing something. Have to write regularly to not put too much expectation on each piece.
When I’ve tried to blog in the past, I published so infrequently that each post needed to be the best thing I ever wrote. The more I publish, the less pressure I put on myself to make everything perfect.
Best way to learn faster: Have a stake in the outcome.— ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴘᴇʀᴇʟʟ ✌ (@david_perell) August 6, 2019
To learn about food, cook for friends.
To learn about an idea, publish an article about it.
To learn about stocks, invest in the stock market.
Risk awakens our learning muscles like a splash of cold water.
I want to become a better communicator and the best way to do that is to actually have some skin in the game.
So how do I do it?
I’ve collected a few tips that I like below:
I think it’s good to have a list of prompts/structures to start
“Here’s something I see as a problem in my day to day, and how I would fix it”
“Here’s something I read, and here are my thoughts on it”
“Here’s something I tried, these were the results”— Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit) July 23, 2019
Sometimes I need a little help with a prompt. Here, you’ll want to assemble a set of tools you can use to generate prompts. Musician Brian Eno created a card-based creativity tool called “Oblique Strategies” which I like as an example as a set of tools. On each card, there’s a saying like “use an old idea.” You flip through the cards until creativity is sparked I guess… I don’t know I haven’t used it.
My version of this is reading. I meticulously curate about two dozen newsletters that I read every word of. I’ll just start reading until something strikes me. Usually this is something I agree with very much (and want to add to or remix) or something I disagree with very much (and want to contest or reframe).
threads like this is solid #LearnInPublic stuff. summarize stuff from another medium, list what you liked, call out authors. simple microblogging, adds some value for you and your followers. https://t.co/2gGoVVN6qf— swyx (@swyx) July 26, 2019
Tweet about fringe but interesting reads or reddit threads. Prioritize that vs. putting your own takes on the same thing everyone is reading (e.g. no one needs another WeWork S-1 take)— Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit) August 19, 2019