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ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson
Write for yourself, publish for others adversaria.org
bradenslen
bradenslen

@ChrisJWilson Yes, I think this is the proper order of things.

What always interests me is I never know what others will find intteresting in what I write.

fgtech
fgtech

@bradenslen @chrisjwilson I am constantly forgetting that other people don’t know what I know. Something obvious to me is sometimes a revelation to a friend. Writing captures what you know. Publishing clarifies what parts of your knowledge are unique.

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@fgtech @bradenslen these points are certainly true. I love Derek Sivers talk on “obvious to you, amazing to others”. The number of times people pick up on a tiny throwaway comment in my writing is really fascinating. I guess this doesn’t invalidate my thesis that publishing should be for other people, but maybe we should publish more as you don’t know what will help other people?

bradenslen
bradenslen

@ChrisJWilson Sometimes I will make a post on something I'm interested in but I doubt anyone else is interested in, just to test the waters. Sometimes the response has been delayed, and interest only came after the post started ranking in search engine results and the audience was wider.

But still it is better to stick with subjects you want to write about. OTOH don't discount topics that you know and like just because you think nobody will be interested.

odd
odd

@bradenslen Speaking of

odd
odd

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bradenslen
bradenslen

@fgtech Good point. Sometimes it pays to put things into context, it may seem repetative but it is worth a few extra sentences.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@odd Yes, our Hardy Boy's thread is a perfect example. Until you wrote about them I had not thought about those books in years, but they were very important to me in my younger days.

odd
odd

@bradenslen My best friend and I played we were The Hardy Boys, and even drew fantasy book covers about them, and at one point we even started on a book, so yes, they were very important to me as well. And after dealing with severe anxiety some years back, the first books I turned to for getting back into reading was The Hardy Boys.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@odd My best friend and I did the same, playing detectives.

nathanrhale
nathanrhale

@ChrisJWilson great video!

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@nathanrhale Derek is a bit of a legend.

fgtech
fgtech

@ChrisJWilson Finally got a chance to see the video. Amazing! I have not seen Derek Sivers’ work directly, but perhaps my thinking has been influenced indirectly. Very happy to know the reference.

fgtech
fgtech

@odd @bradenslen @chrisjwilson The Hardy Boys reference resonated with me as well. See the last photo here, which I took around the time I saw your discussion in my timeline.

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@fgtech i read “anything you want” last year and I saw some ideas I had heard repeated (or perhaps he was repeating?) I like the way he explains ideas though.

odd
odd

@fgtech I’ve read only part of the second book in English, the rest in Norwegian. Of the Norwegian translations I especially liked the cover art made by Sten Nilsen, which can be seen here.