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Mar 06, 2019 02:00:07

My 200wad Experience So Far

by @danielmiller PATRON | 290 words | 1🔥 | 223💌

Daniel Miller

Current day streak: 1🔥
Total posts: 223💌
Total words: 61398 (245 pages 📄)

I've really enjoyed using this site.

I used it initially on a lark. I started with fiction. 200 is the perfect length. Long ago I used a site called 750words.com (it's still around), but I could never get to 750 words. It felt impossible. 200 words have (mostly) been able to just drop onto the page. Only once or twice did I have to pad a post (with just a few words). A couple of times it forced me to go into a little bit more detail, explain myself just a little bit better.

6 days after that first start the 200-word piece of fiction was growing and I had something resembling a streak (that I would immediately break). That piece of fiction is now over 5000 words long

Mixed in are other things, like this. I realized at some point that I had ticked over 20 years of experience in software development and that I had thoughts about how that's gone, and about the struggles of those around me. I remember when I first started blogging in 2001. Soon I would frame every experience from the perspective of how I would blog about it later. It got annoying. Eventually, that faded away. (Somehow blogging about oneself isn't as insidious as Instagramming about oneself.) Now, as I experience things, I frame them from the perspective of what I'm thinking or learning and how I can turn that into 200 words. I don't have a lot of time for thinking in this season of my life, but I still have thoughts, and 200wad is giving me a moment in the evenings to try to capture those thoughts. It feels good. It feels like something. Even if these are only 200-word-long steps, they feel like steps in the right direction.

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    @danielmiller inspiring post :) congrats on your 50th post!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Mar 06, 2019 10:33:11
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      @basilesamel hmm, this was only my 49th...were you congratulating me in advance? If so, thanks! Hit 50 just now!

      Daniel Miller avatar Daniel Miller | Mar 07, 2019 08:46:38
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      @danielmiller I'm from the future :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Mar 07, 2019 15:59:36
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