My BitQuill Interview

Yours truly on what’s changed in my life because of this site:

This may sound like hyperbole (and probably is), but I’m a different person for this experience. Or at least a far better version. I know myself better; I do more to mitigate my many, many shortcomings; I have a far better sense of what I want from the world and have developed a few of the skills needed to actualize those ambitions.

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Don’t get me wrong, I still have a ways to go. There are far too many days where I tip more towards the “mess” than the “better,” but more than any other time in my life, I feel as if my life is moving in the right direction.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Related side note: never, ever follow Pat Dryburgh in an interview series.

4 Responses to My BitQuill Interview

  1. Great interview. I’m sort of wrestling with getting my blog going more consistantly. How do you take your ideas from idea to post? Curious about how you handle link posts differently from essay style posts. Do you write the link posts as you go throughout the day, or do you capture the links as ideas and then blow them out at a specified writing time?

    • Thanks Kevin. It started by setting a clear goal for myself. Once I had that, it stoped becoming about the desire to write (which ebbs and flows) and becomes more about deliverables (which don’t). Once I knew what I needed to fulfill, I had to figure out how. A big part of that was capturing ideas when they occurred and expanding them when I could. As I kept doing that, I found the gap between the two shrunk ( http://bettermess.com/the-magic-of-momentum).

      As for the link posts, I stopped doing these for a while as it often felt I was just looking for filler more than I found things I really wanted to share. I’m starting again with these over at Workflowing, but trying to keep myself from just sharing anything. The trick was much the same as how I capture the bigger ideas. When I came across something that spurred a post, I sent it from Instapaper (where I do most of my reading) to Notesy or nvALT (where I store and do my writing).

      As for the times, at first it was structured. Over time, I just got better at writing in fits and starts as there’s only so much time in the day and a fair amount of it was tiny chunks where I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes fleshing out a thought.

      I hope this helps.

      • Thanks for expanding on that. I think Merlin would probably be irritated about how much I over think this stuff, but I haven’t quite found my footing with all of this stuff yet.

        I hear you on the link posts. I’ve tried moving my main blog to Posterous and Tumblr at various points and found that it got to easy to repost things rather than actually sit down and write.

        • I don’t know. I think the thing is thinking about it until you find that footing and then not thinking about it. If things aren’t working, they’re worth thinking about until they do.

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