Post-pandemic prolificacy

I'm over being quiet about things which interest me. Sharing what I learn will, at worst, hurt no one (I'd hope?), and at best, help many people and myself profoundly.

xkcd: Ten Thousand. Perhaps my favorite xkcd comic (I haven't read them all).

I'm over listening to the mammoth in my head telling me that all my content ideas are cringe. If it is cringe, so be it. We're all gonna die anyway. Plus, what's a few people cringing if you're doing what you want?

And I'm over committing to things and then failing to follow through on them. It reflects poorly on my reputation–not only to others, but to myself. I need to do as I say if I want to continue growing my self-confidence and reach.

Agh, excuse me. Some context for the time-travelling strangers:

  1. I've wanted to be a musician since I was a toddler. I was raised with music. I've made hundreds of beats over the years. I've even posted over a dozen of them on my SoundCloud! But I've never actually taken the whole self-promo stuff super seriously.
  2. I've wanted to be a scientist since I was a small child. Math, magnifying glasses (🔍🍁🔥) and magnets occupied a decent chunk of my early childhood. Software ate the rest.
  3. I've wanted to be a YouTuber since I was around 16. My first real action taken was in 2019, when I uploaded my song "mathematics" to my main channel. I'm currently focused on uploading more (whatever I want, whenever I want).
  4. I've wanted to be a writer since I was around 18. It is one of my youngest yet strongest ambitions. Writing is a meta-skill. It has the potential to bring great clarity to my life, act as an intellectual lighthouse for similarly interested people, open up unlimited opportunities, make me financially free, and assist me in managing the project that is my life. All of these things make the acquisition of other skills far easier. QED.

These are my ambitions. The big ones, anyway.  I am truly proud of myself for taking some action on all of them. But it's time to usher in an entirely new era. It's time for me to be prolific. This means optimizing for quantity, not quality. If that sounds backward, just think of it as an overcorrection; right now, the bar for quality is so cripplingly high that my quantity of output is near-zero. Since quantity vs. quality isn't a one-to-one tradeoff, I can lower my standards just a small bit and get a disproportionate increase of content actually out into the world.

Here's my public promise:

I will publish 100 posts before 2023.

I'm doing this because I want to become a great writer. I understand that that requires being a bad but prolific writer first. To help alleviate the pressure of feeling like I have to produce top-notch chefs-kiss content every post, I will institute a simple rule:

I will attempt to post at least weekly, with the following minimum requirements:

  • update: how and what I've been doing.
  • learnings: a tl;dr of the most interesting things I've learned. + links.
  • extras: media I've been enjoying. music, blogs, tweets, videos, etc.

Because I want you people to actually read this thing, I'll try to keep it short. <5 min is the goal. I have to start out small if I want to stick to this.

If I miss a week, I will try my best to make up for it the next. If I fail to do even that, so be it. I won't beat myself up for it. You probably already get enough emails anyway.

That is all. I really hope you come along for the journey! (it's free to sign up, but if you want you can pay me ;)

P.S. if any of this resonated with you, I'd love to know! Hit me up. Tell me about that thing you've been wanting to pursue. Let's defeat the mammoth together!