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<p>
	I just finished an experiment.
	Last month, I published a new article to my blog every day.
	I’m glad I tried it, but ultimately I didn’t like it.
	Here’s why:
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	It made my writing worse, not better.
	I was trying to force a conclusion quicker.
	I was <a href="/7">skipping steps 2-5 of my writing process</a>.
	I didn’t have the time to look at more angles or doubt my first conclusion.
	<strong>I was spending more time being shallow, to get something posted</strong>, instead of taking that time to go deeper.
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	It broke the silent promise I’ve always had with my readers: that anything I post to my site is really worth your time.
	I already write many hours a day privately, but <strong>I only post something to the public when I feel it’s really worth sharing.</strong>
	But with the daily post?
	There were some good ideas in there, but I wasn’t entirely proud of the articles.
	They were under-developed.
	I didn’t feel 100% that they were so worth your time.
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	I was spending 3-6 hours per day writing my daily post.
	So I hardly worked on my next book or anything else.
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	Coming up with a daily post was becoming a full-time job.
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	And, considering the previous two points here, an unwise one.
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	It did make me write more, so I’ll probably find the happy medium now.
	I’ll be posting more than I used to before this experiment, but not every day.
	Only when I think it’s <em>really</em> worth your time.
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<h3>P.S. For the record, here are my 33 daily posts:</h3>
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<li><a href="/tp1">Travel without a phone</a></li>
<li><a href="/tp2">Travel without social praise</a></li>
<li><a href="/tp3">Would you make your art if you were the last person on earth?</a></li>
<li><a href="/ww">What I did belies why</a></li>
<li><a href="/abio">Future posthumous autobiography</a></li>
<li><a href="/pe">Have a private email account</a></li>
<li><a href="/dq">Don’t quote. Make it yours and say it yourself.</a></li>
<li><a href="/hf">Your heroes show which way you’re facing</a></li>
<li><a href="/uncomf">Where to find the hours to make it happen</a></li>
<li><a href="/ddown">Daydreaming the downside, for once</a></li>
<li><a href="/metac">Meta-considerate</a></li>
<li><a href="/isms">Tour -isms</a></li>
<li><a href="/ldn">The joy and strategic wisdom of ignoring plans</a></li>
<li><a href="/hooky">Blowing off work to play</a></li>
<li><a href="/erra">Err on the side of action, to test theories</a></li>
<li><a href="/sauna">Back and forth between super-hot and super-cold</a></li>
<li><a href="/negz">Human nature to focus on the one bad thing</a></li>
<li><a href="/autom">Where we do and don’t want automation</a></li>
<li><a href="/antic">Anti-chameleon</a></li>
<li><a href="/daydream">Daydreaming is my favorite pastime</a></li>
<li><a href="/gofear">Heed your fears</a></li>
<li><a href="/d22">Cut out everything that’s not surprising</a></li>
<li><a href="/polut">Digital pollution</a></li>
<li><a href="/wtg">When you win the game, you stop playing</a></li>
<li><a href="/ment">How to ask your mentors for help</a></li>
<li><a href="/vls1">Living according to your hierarchy of values</a></li>
<li><a href="/exex">Monthly self-expansion project</a></li>
<li><a href="/masch">Mastery school</a></li>
<li><a href="/pg2">PostgreSQL example of self-contained stored procedures</a></li>
<li><a href="/trav1">What you learn by travelling</a></li>
<li><a href="/exan">Why experts are annoying</a></li>
<li><a href="/trd">When in doubt, try the difference</a></li>
<li><a href="/richand">How I got rich on the other hand</a></li>
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