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Jun 14, 2019 21:45:52

Is 200WAD a Cluster?

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Seun Oyebode

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So, I read another article that points out ....

British and Irish writers clustered in 18th- and 19th-century London and were more productive as a result.

The article started out by telling the importance of clustering these days

Clustering is the driving force of today’s post-industrial economy, evident in the cramming and jamming of techies in the Bay Area, media types in Los Angeles, and finance workers in New York City.

Then it mentioned, based on a new study, that not all literary figures were lonely geniuses who just loved working in solitude. Some were, but not all.

The study finds concentration and clustering of writers in London well before the rise of the modern creative class. Between 1800 and 1900, London was home to between 40 and 50 percent of all U.K. writers, despite accounting for between 10 and 20 percent of the total population. Eight in ten of the authors lived there for at least a time, with the average author living there for nearly two decades of their writing career. Only 71 out of 370 authors never lived in London.

Then the cluster had an interesting effect on the writers' productivity

It also appears that belonging to the London cluster made writers substantially more productive. Mitchell finds that the average writer in London saw their productivity go up by 12 percent. By comparison, writers in smaller clusters, in Dublin, Edinburgh, Oxford, and Cambridge, saw no such gains. Furthermore, being part of the London cluster increased the likelihood of an author having their work published in any given year by 24 percent.

200WAD has made prolific writers out of us all.

Are we, therefore, witnessing the rise of a cluster or e-cluster?

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    @seunoyebode enriching read, esp the history part. thanks for writing this. Great to hear the myth of the lone genius is busted, and that e-clusters aka communities are the new gold - pretty evident in 200wad

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 15, 2019 15:43:34
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      @jasonleow Thank you Jason

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 15, 2019 11:12:47
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    @seunoyebode

    I like this term e-clustering. I think that the e-clustering effect is 200WaD's strongest attribute. I think going forward, the only successful and admirable web products will have a large degree of e-cluster developing effect.

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 14, 2019 22:56:09
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      @seunoyebode @abrahamKim - Agreed. e-cluster is the new thing.
      The marketing class I am taking with Seth is 100% focused on creating such a cluster. Seth talks about how that is the best way to learn and understand your product and your target customer.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 14, 2019 17:00:17
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      @seunoyebode @keni

      Do you two have any write-ups based on this?

      I think that 200WaD understands very well the customer mainly because Baz was a customer himself. Also what Baz did was -- either by chance or design -- algorithamitize the advice of our great heroes. People like Seth Godin and Austin Kleon always tell us to do what 200Wad basically actually gets us to do.

      So a good place to productizing e-clustering is finding the thought leaders in a certain space, figure out the advice they are giving that the customers badly need to take. And then figuring a way to algorithmatize that.

      In this case -- daily writing no matter the quality, through social tribing and tracking. Along wit hthe fact that the tracking feeds into the social tribing, and the tribing feeds into the tracking. *tracking refers to streak and also post count and word count.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 14, 2019 23:04:16
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      @abrahamKim - Agreed. I think Baz did this perfectly - algorithamitize the advice of our great heroes.

      I do not have any write up around this. Sometimes it takes a post like this one Seun wrote to crystallize a thought and you see that it is actually everywhere.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 14, 2019 17:12:32
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      @abrahamKim @keni you guys mean my post started this intelligent discourse. I luv eet.. Lol

      I agree Abe, "I think going forward, the only successful and admirable web products will have a large degree of e-cluster developing effect."

      I agree with it So much, any product (personal) I wanna build must come off the back of a community/niche/cluster. Scaling is easier that way.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 14, 2019 22:20:10
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      @seunoyebode @abrahamKim @keni I didn't know about Seth Godin before I started writing 200 words a day, but it's definitely the fruit of all the personal development articles and books I read, mixed with my own experience productivity-wise.

      And yes I agree, community is the new gold. There is just so much noise when you browse the Internet, joining/creating a community is the best way to bring more signal to relevant people.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 15, 2019 04:48:23
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