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me, begging, tears in my eyes:
please just tell me what the book is about.
the plot.

a book annotation on the cover, unfazed:
A Subversive Masterpiece.
A Deep And Touching Story.
The New York Times Bestseller.
Go Fuck Yourself

(i don’t know where this is from :))

There is, however, one thing to learn from writers that non-writers don’t always understand.
Most writers don’t write to express what they think.

They write to figure out what they think.

Writing is a process of discovery.

Blogging is an essential tool toward meditating over an extended period of time on a subject you consider to be important!

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And don’t concern yourself with whether or not you “write.”
Don’t leave writing to writers.
Don’t delegate your area of interest and knowledge to people with stronger rhetorical resources.

You’ll find your voice as you make your way.

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Seek the unique pleasure of having shared something you feel is worth sharing.
And the conversations that sort of writing (that sort of blogging) encourages.
And yes, it can take time.
Good things generally do.

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Pay no attention to the man behind the podium.
Just share what’s of importance to you.
And don’t look at pageviews.
Don’t seek claps.
Don’t chase reposts.
Don’t covet trackbacks.

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Here’s how Marc Weidenbaum put it …

I’m sure if we did wayback sleuthing we’d find lots of conference presentations in a range of professions and pursuits on how “blogging” isn’t a good use of time because of pageviews, or clicks, or SEO, or engagement, etc.

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2. To figure out what I have to say.

I made this point in Show Your Work! and elsewhere: I didn’t start a blog because I had something to say, I started a blog to *find* something to say.

15 years of blogging (and 3 reasons I keep going)

Jason boosted

Hi. If you're gonna fucking tell somebody to google (or duckduckgo or whatever) something when they ask for help, just shut the fuck up. Most people know perfectly well how to search for shit, and if they're not finding things, they'll turn to the people instead of the shitty search engines. You're insulting their intelligence, and you're making them feel shitty about needing help. Everybody starts somewhere. If you've got the knowledge, share it! Help others! Quit putting them down!

It takes time to register on forums, it takes time to post the question, it takes time to figure out how to explain the problem. And if they're going through that process, there's a good fucking chance that they've already exhausted their search options, and are probably frustrated.

So just don't. You're being an asshole and nobody whatsoever ever appreciates being told "here let me google that for you" or "go google it" or any of that. If you have the knowledge, share it. Otherwise, shut. The. Fuck. Up.

I’d restate that as be short, punchy and efficient in your general writing, but when you are dealing with people, be verbose and descriptive and kind and patient.

Tone matters!

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Remove all empty words from writings, resume, conversation, except when they aim at courtesy.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What can you do with 5 good minutes?

5 good minutes of:

-pushups is a solid workout
-sprints will leave you winded
-writing can deliver 1 good page
-reading can finish an insightful article
-meditation can reset your mood

You don’t need more time—just a little focused action.

Do not purchase the Kindle edition of Classic Computer Science Problems in Python on Amazon. My publisher does not yet know if it is a pirated version (and improperly formatted at that) or an automatic conversion by Amazon through some program, but it's not by us!

Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
— Henry van Dyke

Paraphrasing Austin Kleon …

“Do you want to be answering emails or do you want to be making the work you love?

Because it’s hard to do both.”

Answering letters - Austin Kleon

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There is no money in answering letters.
— Groucho Marx

Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things.
— Donald Knuth

There was a day when I looked up and realised that I had become someone who professionally replied to email, and who wrote as a hobby. I started answering fewer emails, and was relieved to find I was writing much more.
— Neil Gaiman

The work of reading:

1. Read a book while highlighting heavily.

2. Distill highlights into core insights, written in your own words.

3. Put into a searchable format.

4. Review regularly.

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

— Bertrand Russell

A reunion with these people, in this spot, may be much further on than you think. You may not, in fact, ever pass this way again.

So slake your thirst in the moment, and create a store of the experience too — a canteen of sustaining memories to sip on during the indefinite trek to come.

Sunday Firesides: Fill Up Your Canteen

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Be kind, be helpful or begone!