Day 30 — Reflections

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December 2020

Today is the final day of the Ship 30 for 30 challenge, and I thought I’d do a bit of reflecting on what I got out of this challenge.

I found this challenge to be extremely useful for building up a writing habit. The combination of paying $50 (which you only get back if you complete all 30 days) and a community to build momentum with created a habit that stuck.

This challenge had low stakes (only writing 250 words daily) and forced me to publish daily. I couldn’t make excuses about why I didn’t want to write and slowly got comfortable posting publicly. However, this challenge also highlighted what I need to work on in the future.

One difficulty I found was that I didn’t dive deep into any topic since I came up with a new idea daily. So I would say that this challenge is great for idea generation, which you can then further flesh out in longer pieces.

Now I have 30 micro-essays published, so I can start spending more time diving deep into each topic and creating a higher quality piece. That’s a huge benefit because I’m not starting from scratch. And now that I have a robust writing habit, I can also focus on editing my writing style and voice since I didn’t do much of that during this challenge.

This challenge would be beneficial as a quarterly, one-week sprint (7 atomic essays in 7 days). That way, you spend a large amount of time writing longer pieces, and when you run out of ideas, you can switch over to micro-essays to generate new ones.

This community provided an immense amount of value, so I’m very grateful for Dickie & everyone who joined.

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by Amaan