For the last few weeks I’ve fallen back into a habit that I genuinely like in my writing practice – writing without releasing.
For so much of this year I had a consistent stream of content because I was good at batch producing content. I would write 8-12 blog posts, schedule them out in advance over a period of 1-2 months, and then buy myself another 1-2 months to write the next 8-12 blog posts. It’s a system that has worked well for me…when it works well for me.
But then in around May I began to travel and the backlog caught up to me. I was able to create some space for myself again with the flow articles, but then I moved to Brazil, work became hectic, and I fell off the batch production train again.
So recently rather than feeling the anxiety of needing to release, I did what I care most about….writing. I decided to get back on the train of batch producing and I’ve been consistently writing again, but just not releasing any of it to the world.
Now I have a backlog of around 10 posts I haven’t released yet, and today I sit down to schedule all of those out.
At first I was thinking I would releasing these in January. Rather than producing 8-12 at a time I would produce as many as I could and try to buy myself a 90 day (or longer) window instead for the next year. I would say fuck it to the posts of 2019, throw the year in the bag, and then move on to the next.
But then today while I was meditating I decided that I didn’t want to carry my thoughts and reflections from 2019 into 2020. I decided that I went to document these thoughts in writing for the year of 2019, and start 2020 fresh with a new mindset, new focus, and new strategy (which is still largely to be decided).
It was a quote from Josh Waizkin in a Tim Ferriss podcast that stuck with me. He said something along the lines of, “I hate going on book and speaking tours because I’m talking about the things I was thinking about a year ago, rather than what I am thinking about right now.”
This is how I feel right now. I feel like my backlog of writing is a reflection of what I was thinking a few months ago, rather than what I am thinking about right now.
I’ve also been in a fun place where, for the first time since I’ve started writing, I’m somewhat out of topics to write about. I feel like I’ve sufficiently caught up to the backlog of ideas in my head. I’ve put my thoughts, ideas, and philosophies out there and now I’m stretching for topics. The topics I am now thinking about are longer projects. I want to dedicate 2020 to those and give them the time and space they deserve.
So this is a heads up that to close out 2019 I’m going to release the backlog of posts that I’ve been piling up on my computer over the last few weeks/months. I’m going to release about 3/week to close out the year and empty my mind before the new year.
To those of you who read this, thanks for following along and enjoying the ride with me. Now we close out 2019 with some enthusiasm after the best year of my life physically, mentally, creatively, professionally, and otherwise 🙂