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title: why diary
My hero Seth Godin has been saying for years that one of the best things — maybe the best thing — he ever did was to commit to a <a href="https://seths.blog/">daily public posting of his thoughts</a>.
I take that into strong consideration, but it's not my main reason.
Just a few days ago, I finished writing “<a href="/h">How to Live</a>”, after <strong>four years</strong> of working on it.
I wasn't working on it every day for four years.
Sometimes I wouldn't work on it for months.
But that whole time, it was my top work priority.
Other <em>really interesting</em> things would come up, and I <a href="/no2">said no to all of them</a>, because I really wanted to finish that one thing.
I stopped reading books.
I stopped most active learning.
I stopped writing anything else.
I pushed everything else into the future, thinking it was just for a few months, so that I could finish my book.
But now, after four years, I'm realizing how much I missed.
I often act monomaniacal.
I focus entirely on one thing at a time.
It's not a brain problem.
It's a values problem.
I place a really high value on finishing one thing before I start another.
But it's time to re-think this.
My public writing has been silent for the past year and a half, because whenever I thought of writing something for my site, I'd think, “No no no. Finish writing the book first.”
Also because I raised the bar quite high for <a href="/blog">my collection of articles</a>, wanting each one to be really great.
Also because everytime I posted something on my blog, I'd email everyone on <a href="/list">my email list</a>, which meant I'd usually get about 1000 emails in reply.
So, I'm starting <a href="/d">this diary</a>, and this is the first navel-gazing post.
This is my low-pressure public place where I can share my thoughts — no comments and no email list — and keep writing instead of pausing.