an open invitiation to my friends
The last time we played this game, I was astonished at how fun and generative it was. I believe the reasons for that came down to:
just enough constraints. we had to split things into content, and metadata. and get it published on a markdown 11ty site. the rest was up to each of us. so we took it in different directions; wherever felt most alive to each of us
we did it together. having the soft social pressure of having something to show gave me just enough energy to push myself that extra mile.
it’s bounded. 7 posts in 1 week. we all have commitments; this doesn’t have to be a grand thing to be fun and interesting.
So I want to do it again. I think the shape can be similar to last time. Specifically:
any format is acceptable: blog post, tweet/thread, photo of a handwritten page
can be written all at once or 1/day, whatever feels best
whether these are themed/prompted, or very open-ended/unprompted
any other constraints that might be helpful here
can we aggregate these to sort of feed (while publishing in our own spaces)
are we looking to learn anything from this?
when: probably in about a week, may 20 - 27
TLDR: I have grand visions of the things I’d like to help create, and putting my thoughts on the internet is the best way I know of to help make them happen.
I haven’t published much this year, but I’ve written on most of the past 1,000 days. Mostly in the form of journaling and free writing. I love putting words on a surface: it’s my way of unpacking all the various things I’m thinking, worried, and excited about. But structuring that writing, getting it ready for existing online, and putting it there has a psychological (and a small technical) hurdle to be crossed each time.
Some of these psychological hurdles boil down to: what should I write about? Who am I writing for? And why? Of all the things I can write about, what is the thing that sparks most joy? What constitutes “done” on a blog post? Where do I share it? What are my goals in publishing online?
As I write these words, I realize how much I am overthinking this stuff. So I made a meme:
Enough waffling. I want to write. And I want to write with my friends. So I’m inviting y’all along with me on this journey. If you’re interested, holler at email@example.com.