I have good intentions, especially when it comes to this site and writing in general.I want to share the knowledge I gain each day and am often compelled to throw my opinion out into the aether, whether or not there are any who care about it. Simply put, I’m human and as such communication is important.
But it’s easy to de-prioritize this sharing for something that’s a bit more timely or exciting (oooh shiny!), so my writing withers (both in amount and in skill), replaced by a medium of 140 characters and discussions over lunch or pints. So, to push myself, I’ve joined Project52, publicly committing to write at least one new article a week for 2010. This doesn’t sound like much, but it is a significant goal for me at least. Given the amount of participants (550+), I’m not alone. Anton Peck, the man behind the idea has started a great movement from a single blog post and I’m excited to see it develop.
The very fact that so many of us are volunteering and holding each other accountable is what will drive me forward. I debated publishing this post, both because it feels like a cop-out (Starting a project with a post about the project) and because I like the idea of improving without notifying what few readers I have. But, for the same reason I joined the project, I am posting this – I’m going to make it hard on myself to backslide – my goal is out front for all to see.
While I have recently started KickSpark and have a series of posts for the site, I will not count them towards this goal. The auto-generated posts that collect my activity from elsewhere (links I read, music I listened to, inane statements made on Twitter) will not count. So it’s simple: one new post a week on this site about any topic that interests me. It could be history, a review of a favorite book, podcast or application, a tip or trick for Web development or user experience method. We’ll see what comes around.
You Can Help
Is there anything you’ve heard me touch on that you thought I should expand upon or is there a concept or practice about which you think I might have a bit of knowledge to share? Please let me know by leaving a comment here, sending me a message via the Contact link above, hitting me up on Twitter or telling me in person. I’d really appreciate it.