60 Day Checkup

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Two months ago I set out to change the Internet with nothing more than a bunch of neat ideas and the uncanny ability to sleep with my eyes open while typing. So far, so good.

When I started, I committed to publishing a new blog post every day in order to build up a library of my content and calm the voices in my head. So far, I think I’ve done a pretty darn good job at both, although the second has yet to be confirmed by an outside source.

Over the course of the past two months, some of my posts came out exactly as intended…others, not so much. There were days that I was able to write a really good post in 30-45 minutes. With others I sat in front of the computer until 2 or 3 in the morning only to hand in something that would have bought me a C+ in my high school English class.

While I think my work up until this point has been good, it hasn’t always been my best. I know that. So, for at least the next 60 days I am changing the format a bit. I will still be writing every day but I am only going to publish on Mondays and Thursdays. This means that what you will be getting every week is my absolute best. Quality over quantity.

On off days, I will be polishing my posts, responding to comments, guest blogging, working on my site, spending time with my wife, writing a book, playing with the kids, Tweeting, walking the dog and whatever else most normal people do. You are welcome to join me…except for maybe the part with my wife. That might get a little weird.

So, let me know your thoughts in the comments below…show some love and support, protest, or just be completely indifferent. I can take it!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001451971454 Simon Thompson

    I had wondered – I understand. I think your posts are great. I know they will be greater still in the furure. It makes sense to breath now and then.
    Kindest Regards
    Simon

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Thanks Simon! Would love to hear your thoughts over the next few weeks as I fall more into a groove with this twice a week thing. I really felt like yesterdays post Once Upon a Time, Your Bio Put Me to Sleep… was much stronger because I had a chance to go through it a few times over a few days. 

  • http://www.websitebegin.com Joe Boyle

    I’m a newer reader of the blog, but am thoroughly excited for the new changes. I think the realization that the quality is decreased as quantity is increased is something not too many bloggers realize. I’ve seen blogs pump out three or four blog posts in a day. I never fully understood why.

    Nearly two years ago, I had made a decision to do the exact opposite of what this post declares – I began writing an article every single day. The posts didn’t get many comments, but I achieved my goal – to write every day for three months. I think the massive writing helps teach what does and does not work. Even still, writing everyday but only publishing on two or three days a week works wonders – you always have that backup.

    Think about it. If you’re only posting eight days a month, you are building a reserve of nearly 16 blog posts a month (assuming you don’t write on the weekends) to use at another time. The next time you can’t write and don’t want to puncture the quality? Just polish one up and bam, you’re sitting pretty. Great post, keep up the good work.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Thanks Joe and welcome! I think that starting off writing everyday for the first 2 months was a good idea. It gave me a chance to get some stuff out of my brain, find a voice, find an audience, etc. Now that I have that started I think it’s really important not to waste your time and a few of my posts were just “meh”…I wasn’t that proud of them. If I had another day I could have done much better. This way I have a chance to work on a post for more than a day to make sure it’s really polished. I think the end result was exactly what I wanted…yesterdays post Once Upon a Time, Your Bio Put Me to Sleep… was really good and caught some attention on Twitter, etc. Just proved further that I made the right decision!