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Apr 01, 2019 15:39:37

Back to writing in public

by @basilesamel PATRON | 260 words | 589🔥 | 640💌

Basile Samel

Current day streak: 589🔥
Total posts: 640💌
Total words: 272153 (1088 pages 📄)

I finally finished my first book yesterday. Inspired by how makers create tech products in public, I documented this journey in public. Once I had enough public writing materials, I edited the resulting bag of words into a book and added some original content in private posts. I learned many things in the process, but I'll keep it for future posts.

I'm now back to my regular writing schedule: 200 words per day every day. I was forced to write considerably more over the last few days - up to 4000 words in one day - so it feels incredibly easier. I have been writing continuously for more than 150 days. New ideas are still popping up. It's a bit like how power-lifting works: growth is achieved by increasing the weight you lift. New heights are achieved by stretching the limits you are capable of, up to your point of failure.

Finishing the book also means I'm back working full-time on 200WaD. The community sent me many ideas, it's time to implement them. I missed coding, it's high time to get back to it! This Wednesday I'm changing the web server to make the product much faster, so expect a bit of downtime. I devised a strategy to nullify the migration time, but I'm pretty sure something will go unexpected. Once I'm done with the new server I will be able to work on improving the notification system by adding email support. The main issue with 200WaD is retention, so I need to release new social features and organize community events to grow more interactions.

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    Glad you're back. And glad you took the time to write/revise/edit the book.

    Hope one day you can write about your opinions on seasons of work. Like most professions we look up to have seasons. Atheletes don't compete all the time. Part of the year is offseason and recovery. Musicians don't just make music all the time. They have parts where they tour and then do other stuff. Would love to read about your seasons of work... how it has been in the past, how it is now, and how you see it going forward.

    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 03, 2019 14:52:47
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      @abrahamKim love the image! I'm adding it to my list of drafts

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 03, 2019 13:27:55
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      Thanks! Excited to also start updating a collection image as well hehe

      Abe avatar Abe | Apr 04, 2019 22:43:08
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    @basilesamel looking forward to the community events!

    Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Apr 01, 2019 17:25:56
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    @basilesamel great to have you back! Or is this a prank?! ?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 01, 2019 22:12:15
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      @jasonleow I don't do April Fool pranks :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 01, 2019 16:16:45
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