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Jul 11, 2019 10:55:51

100 is getting near

by @twizzle PATRON | 307 words | 220🔥 | 228💌


Current day streak: 220🔥
Total posts: 228💌
Total words: 80540 (322 pages 📄)

As I near my 100 post streak, I am starting to wonder what I am getting out of 200wad these days.

My first posts were something I needed to do, to help get things off my chest and free bad thoughts from my mind.

And it worked!

Writing down your feelings does help give them solid clarity, especially if your mind is all over the place.

But since then, I feel I have struggled to write or to find things to write about that mean anything to me. I do still like the fact that someone might be reading my thoughts and sometimes kind people leave comments, but I don't want to get caught up in writing for the sake of pleasing others or looking for comments. 

That is not why I am here.

I also worry that as this community grows, I lose touch with who is on here. Of course, people come and go, streak and die, but the more writing there is, the less I read.

Maybe the planned update of "writing circles" will help. I am not sure how it will work, but it might help focus my writing on topics where I can help people, not just moan about my life or job.

Or perhaps I will regress to a state where I need to write about how I am feeling.  Certainly, there are subjects I steer away from writing about, mainly because they might be too serious or may lead me into trouble if anyone found this account and linked it to me.

I was reading a post on here the other day about being authentic and writing under your own name as a way to be truthful and credible.  I get that and I might have to create a second account if I wanted to do that.

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    @twizzle - you are getting close to 100. The topic of "what's the point came up in a conversation I had with Sir Abe -- on the phone yesterday. We found agreement on the idea that community adds value.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 06:10:32
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      @brianball Wow - we are doing phone calls now? That feels quite exciting! :)
      I did a little digging after I posted this and found that there are not so many posts appearing each day as I thought. Maybe I am just no longer seeing the names I recognize as much as I did at the beginning.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 11, 2019 14:27:33
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      @twizzle -- haha.. yeah, don't get on the phone with @sirabe unless you're prepared to download your entire work/life history. He's a masterful interviewer. That being said, it was quite enjoyable. I've also had great conversations with @keni and @mikebyrnes and @baz -- The idea of 200 "words" really fades in comparison to some meaningful connections.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 06:30:52
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      @twizzle @brianball - :) Yes I have to agree... I have made connections with Brian, @abrahamKim, @seunoyebode and @Brandonwilson.
      Each of these connections has been awesome.

      I will write about what this site has meant for me at day streak 200 in details but I think at anything we do, looking for and making these connections is priceless.

      @basilesamel - I really think this site can improve a lot if we had features that help with these connections by rewarding commenting and reading of others post so they stay engaged and excited.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jul 11, 2019 11:52:02
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      @keni Your suggestions are very welcome! I don't want to push people to consume mindlessly, but at the same time I want everyone to help each other. It's really hard to do. Maybe I'm overthinking. I'm gonna try to release features to support that (ie writing circles, collaborative writing features, view counter, etc.).

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 11, 2019 18:11:15
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      @basilesamel - don't add any features unless we're willing to pay for it.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 09:17:14
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      @twizzle @brianball @keni I love this get together... Haha

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 11, 2019 17:24:29
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      @brianball Most are "chicken-egg" features as I call them - the more members use them, the more everyone benefits from them. It's true I should release more paid features though - I'm thinking in-depth analytics for example. What's your opinion on the matter? I think it's kinda limiting to just say "make people pay" but I'm ready to hear it.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 11, 2019 18:26:06
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      @basilesamel - it's not Make People Pay -- it's Let Them Pay for LIFE ™
      ( Life Improving Feature Execution )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 09:27:55
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      @[email protected] @brianball - I like how Brian puts it. Let's keep the basics feature free like you have and the sophisticated, nice features as a paid feature. Since you are attracting people from different parts of the world and background, we are creating a very unique type of community.
      I like the writing circles idea. That is what @seunoyebode and I am working on together. It will be nice to have more people on it.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jul 11, 2019 12:43:40
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      @twizzle @brianball @basilesamel First, if you have any suggestions on that Trello board from people who are no longer writing here, ax them unless a member of #Teamstreak or another regular writer signs off on them. I'll have to give some thought to additional paid features.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 11, 2019 14:43:45
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      Maybe something to do with timezone differences? Have you recently changed the time you write at?

      Abe avatar Abe | Jul 12, 2019 14:37:39
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      @brianball @abrahamKim yeah. Maybe. I used to write first thing but have been putting it off until later recently. Perhaps that's it.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 12, 2019 15:58:22
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