I’m not so foolish to think I can filter each post into less than a thousand words. Perhaps my lovely audience deserves more than a thousand words. Perhaps the idea deserves more than a thousand words.
But I’m going to be selfish on this one.
It’s so daunting staring down the barrel of a review or thought which requires 2,000 words of time and an additional 15 minutes to shoot and edit a photo of some unrelated object. I’ve learned my limits. I know how fast I can write 2,000 words. I rarely have that amount of time.
So I’ll give it a try: From now on, I’m going to work hard to distill each post here into 1,000 words or less. If something requires more, it’ll be another post. If something requires less, perfect! Publish and move on. Eighty percent and ship! (Until you have a whole pile of work debt hanging over your head.)
I’m sure it won’t last.
I have more half-written blog posts than ever before — 25 different posts sit somewhere in my writing kanban, unlikely to see the light of day.
Not all thoughts should be published. Though even if the time has passed for the thought to feel relevant, contributing something to the conversation may well help someone.
Getting a post over that finish line is the key. It’s very hard for me. And it’ll only get harder over the next six months.
Keeping these posts under a thousand words is my attempt at getting stuff done, shipped, and out the door. Hopefully I can gain some momentum along the way.