Perhaps writing a 200-500 word post about some personal reflections or discoveries about things encountered or confronted with in daily life would generate some thought provoking content.
I’ve seen myself writing a 2,000 word post that would take up to 2-3 weeks. That’s when I would post a monthly contribution. I can’t remember what an ideal blog post length would be but 200-500 words sounds like something that can be a jumping point to more discussion on the Discourse forum. A 2,000 word post might be a bit daunting for visitors because it does require a bit more though and time investment. Perhaps if we were encouraged to write up a 200-500 word post, that would be something useful. That’s like a 3-5 minute podcast episode or YouTube video that we encounter on the net.
Much of my own writing has been about personal discovery. I’d encounter something (reading another blog, listening to a podcast) and wanted to contribute my own 2 pennies to the discussion. Some of my other posts were derived from a Day One journal where I would self-analyze and try to find a resolution with something I read about or a situation that I wanted to find resolution to.
For example, Justin wrote up a post about Cal Newport’s “The Rise and Fall of GTD”. This is a great example of reading something and then looking at the subject from the eyes/viewpoint of a remote worker.
I often found myself as a traveler on the same road as everyone that visits ERW. Some of us are further along the road than others. I can contribute with an idea and want to figure it out with like-minded readers. There are no repercussions or shaming. It’s just an honest analysis as we try to work though situations or dilemmas we find in life.
Like Justin, the pandemic has up-ended my ERW writing. I’ve been journaling scraps of personal discoveries in my Day One journal. It’s half-formed thoughts and ideas that have been simmering. I’m looking forward to post-Christmas 2020 time when Holliday shopping season has subsided and I’ll be able to re-focus some time back to writing.
The Discourse is just a part of the ERW puzzle. YouTube, Discord, and the podcasts will be building up to bigger things. It’s a pivot for ERW to find its place in the blogosphere.
So, after all that blathering, what did I ask for?
Encourage everyone to write a 200-500 word post. A knowledge base can slowly develop here. Perhaps even a 100 word post would be sufficient.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!