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Writing 100 Posts in 100 Days

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Update: Turns out a lot of you are crazy enough to join me in this little adventure.  We have a solid group forming.  If you’d like to join it’s not too late, email me at David at LetsFeast.com.

Update 10/30/13: The group is growing and we moved it to a fb group, dedicated to writing every day. Whether you’re doing the challenge or just want to be a part of a strong community writing every day, join here.

I’m on day 5 now.  I just didn’t want to tell you until I had some momentum.

I decided to give it a shot after reading that Fred Wilson writes every day.  I figure if someone as busy as that can do it and still have such great insights, I sure can too.

Why 100?  Why not.  Hopefully by that point I’ll have developed the habit.

What’s the point of writing every day?

I can say with confidence that the most successful times of my career occurred when I had a steady rhythm of blogging.

1. The reflective nature of writing provides a great deal of perspective, of which I’m always in need.

2. It opens up a lot of opportunities to connect with smart people.

3. More people recognize me which creates trust in the community.

4. I come up with more ideas as I write about challenges I’m thinking through.

5. Writing is a big part of my job whether it’s content marketing, copywriting or just emails, it’s always something I’m trying to improve.

6. It feels good to hit publish.

7. There are few things that feel as good as hearing that something you wrote inspired somebody.

8. It’s a challenge and it’s helping me to become more disciplined in my work ethic.

At least those are all the reasons I’m giving myself.

I also just like writing.

I stopped writing here for a while.  It was a mixture of falling out of the routine while also realizing how little I really know and feeling like I have no business giving advice.  I went from the social media world where you can become an expert in the same amount of time it took you to create a twitter account and got more involved in the startup world, where I’ve felt lost more often than not.  Hopefully writing will help with that.

So I won’t promise that my content will be right or wrong or even smart.  I just promise to share what I’m learning, since I’m learning something that to me feels important, every day.

I also won’t promise to use proper grammar or edit my posts too much.  I’m just going to write and see where it goes.

Hold me to it.  I’ll be writing one post every day for 100 days.

I’ll be writing here, on Feast, on The Community Manager, Medium and potentially other places that I can trick into having me.

Want to join me?  (=

 

  • JasBanwait

    Awesome dude..
    I”ve been reading and tweeting a lot of your stuff lately – keep it up.
    I also started blogging more regularly and really enjoy it. But I am only doing 3 times a week – perhaps I may try the 100 days thing at some point though!
    Have fun!
    -j

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      JasBanwait 3 times a week is amazing!  One every day is definitely overdoing it by most standards but I think if I can get into the routine, it won’t be too difficult, and can pay off.
      Thanks for all your shares and support (=

  • MarkJSaldana

    I’ll join! Can we promise to go out and party when the whole thing’s over?

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      MarkJSaldana yessss.  And yessss!  
      Are you really joining?

  • Carter

    Great idea Spinks–get after it! As for feeling lost/unqualified…the Internet is filled with experts who can talk at us, sometimes it’s just as interesting [and certainly more honest] to hear from someone who is feeling their way along. It’s been too long since we last grabbed cocktails, but I’m positive you can fill at least 90 posts up with things you know–would be cool to read a couple about what you’re still baffled by.

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      @Carter I’m baffled by a lot so that shouldn’t be too hard ^_^.  The struggle is that writing about things you don’t know won’t make for very interesting reading.  Thinking about how to make it interesting.
      Drinks soon?  I’m in NYC in a week.

  • DavidSpinks

    nayafia join me (=

    • nayafia

      DavidSpinks nahhhhh. but I’ll cheer you from the sidelines!

      • DavidSpinks

        nayafia haha fine. That’s okay, each of your posts is the equivalent of like 10 of mine.

  • mattellsworth

    I’ll join!  Better yet, let’s make a Google spreadsheet where each of us is a column and we paste the link in there each day.  We can then cross promote each other’s posts, player.
    Hit me with your thoughts, I can make the doc if you like.

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      mattellsworth I like where your heads at.  We have like 3 people now.  That’s enough for a party.

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      mattellsworth We should use dispatch as well as a spreadsheet.  Dispatch to share, the doc to keep track and hold ourselves accountable.

  • lchski

    DavidSpinks looking forward to seeing your work (especially towards the end of the 100 days) get passed around a ton!

    • Thelma22Bose

      lchski hi lucas

    • DavidSpinks

      lchski thanks man

  • lchski

    DavidSpinks looking forward to seeing your work (especially towards the end of the 100 days) get passed around a ton!

  • liang

    DavidSpinks You know what, yes. Because why not 🙂 I just signed up for your group!

    • DavidSpinks

      liang awesome! You joined the dispatch?

      • liang

        DavidSpinks I did!

      • liang

        DavidSpinks I did!

      • liang

        DavidSpinks I did!

        • DavidSpinks

          liang this one? https://t.co/QlV0rjTWxo

        • liang

          DavidSpinks Yep, I believe so.

        • liang

          DavidSpinks Yep, I believe so.

        • liang

          DavidSpinks Yep, I believe so.

        • DavidSpinks

          liang not seeing oyu in there.

        • liang

          DavidSpinks strange, I can’t see myself on the roster but I just posted a comment.

        • DavidSpinks

          liang there you are. I see you now.

        • DavidSpinks

          liang there you are. I see you now.

        • DavidSpinks

          liang there you are. I see you now.

  • alexshye

    @DavidSpinks This is a great idea! I’ve been meaning to try blogging more, but have been posting every few weeks. This is an extreme, but why not? I’m in with you and whoever else is giving this thing a try.
    First post will be easy tomorrow: “I’m writing 100 posts in 100 days”.

  • alexshye

    @DavidSpinks This is a great idea! I’ve been meaning to try blogging more, but have been posting every few weeks. This is an extreme, but why not? I’m in with you and whoever else is giving this thing a try.
    First post will be easy tomorrow: “I’m writing 100 posts in 100 days”.

  • Thelma22Bose

    DavidSpinks hey David, go there then

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      @Thelma22Bose ok!

  • DavidSpinks

    FrancoVarriano thanks for the love

    • FrancoVarriano

      DavidSpinks no worries looks like a cool project – looking forward to following along 🙂

  • alexshye

    DavidSpinks sounds awesome, count me in too!

    • DavidSpinks

      alexshye what’s your email?

      • alexshye

        DavidSpinks alex.shye at gmail

        • DavidSpinks

          alexshye invite sent

        • DavidSpinks

          alexshye invite sent

        • DavidSpinks

          alexshye invite sent

      • alexshye

        DavidSpinks alex.shye at gmail

  • darrenlee

    DavidSpinks rrhoover why do that? quantity vs quality could be something to consider

    • DavidSpinks

      darrenlee rrhoover Hard to know whats going to be good quality. This way actually increases odds of writing something impactful.

    • DavidSpinks

      darrenlee rrhoover Hard to know whats going to be good quality. This way actually increases odds of writing something impactful.

      • rrhoover

        DavidSpinks darrenlee “Lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers.” 🙂 https://t.co/rctNmnklEU by HerbertLui

      • rrhoover

        DavidSpinks darrenlee “Lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers.” 🙂 https://t.co/rctNmnklEU by HerbertLui

        • HerbertLui

          rrhoover DavidSpinks darrenlee Ryan, thanks for the share! Ofc, that’s just one person’s opinion, heh…

        • DavidSpinks

          rrhoover darrenlee HerbertLui love the perspective. Very in line with why I started the 100for100 thing.

        • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

          @HerbertLui What’s your opinion? rrhoover DavidSpinks darrenlee

  • ElissaBeth

    DavidSpinks That’s appealing.

    • DavidSpinks

      ElissaBeth come on in (=

      • ElissaBeth

        DavidSpinks Thank you! Currently focusing on long form pieces. Will be reading yours though.

  • AlexaScordato

    Oooh, I might join. Let me see how much writing I can get done this weekend and maybe I’ll catch up!

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      AlexaScordato do it! Doesn’t matter when you start.  Bunch of people just started.  It’s more for you than anything.  Let me know if you want to join up (=

  • AlexaScordato

    Oooh, I might join. Let me see how much writing I can get done this weekend and maybe I’ll catch up!

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  • coreycrossfield

    Joining this idea. It sounds awesome.

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      coreycrossfield Cool.  Email me and I’ll add you to the group. David at letsfeast.com

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  • socialnerdia

    Good stuff.

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  • Syedhydr

    Can I jump in? Although english is not my first language but I am pretty certain I will be able to write 100 posts in 100 days

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      Syedhydr Sure. The group is linked at the top of the article.

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    Good afternoon bloggers! Came across this site as I was looking for inspiration for my 100:th post today. I started January 1st 2014 and somehow I have managed to keep at it for 100 days, but it doesn’t stop there. I still have 265 to go. Whe I stared my intention was, and still is, to write about wine from catalonia for 365 days in a row, taste one wine a day and write about it. So far so good, let’e see where it all ends, and what my liver says at the end! In the meanwhile…….., to all of you going at it for 100, KEEP IT UP!!!! Happy days  🙂

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