Seth Godin on how to keep blogging every day

It’s been about 1,000 days since Seth Godin posted a reflection called “This is post 7,000,” about his habit of posting in his blog every day without fail. In fact, if I counted right (and I only did a rough estimate), today is that 1,000th day. Post 8,000 actually took place a little while ago, since he occasionally posts more than once in a day.

For me it’s consecutive daily post 32. Not as impressive. On Aug. 1, about a month after I spun out into its own independent thing, I resolved to post something here daily for at least three months, or 92 days in a row through the end of October.

I mentioned this resolution to a couple of friends and added that one inspiration is Seth, whom I recently rediscovered after a couple years of not paying attention. I knew he blogs diligently every day, and I wondered how long he’s been doing that. That was how I found “This is post 7,000,” which occurred Nov. 6, 2017. It begins: “[actually, it’s more than that, but the previous incarnations of this blog are lost to the fogs of time]”

How does he maintain the habit? Well, I found three good takeaways in post 7,000:

I write every word. I don’t understand outsourcing something this personal, a privilege this important.

The secret to writing a daily blog is to write every day. And to queue it up and blog it. There is no other secret.

I haven’t missed a day in many, many years — the discipline of sharing something daily is priceless.

Eight thousand days would be 22 years, in case you’re wondering. I’d be 85 years old when I reach my 8,000th consecutive daily blog if I continue the streak that I started Aug. 1. Seth has built a huge following and compiled quite a few successful books from his blog posts; in fact, repurposing blog posts is how How to Play a Blue Guitar, A Bridge at Crossroads, Refuse to be Afraid and A Scream of Consciousness came into existence.

It bears repeating: “The secret to writing a daily blog is to write every day. And to queue it up and blog it. There is no other secret.”

See you tomorrow.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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