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Jul 13, 2019 16:28:40

Is it better to write fewer posts of a higher quality or a post a day of lower quality?

by @jacklyons PATRON | 206 words | 🐣 | 127💌

Jack Lyons

Current day streak: 0🐣
Total posts: 127💌
Total words: 42165 (168 pages 📄)

I'm always struggling to get words out on the weekend. It's just the last thing I want to do.
I toy with the idea of just taking a break and not posting, but the fear of losing the streak comes into play. It's so weird, because at the end of the day it's just some number - adding to it won't make my life any better. Why is it that we humans love to keep score?

The streak is a good reminder that I've been consistent and showed up every day. Now, here is the question of the day:

Is it better to write fewer posts of a higher quality or a post a day of lower quality?

That's something I want to flesh out a bit more because if the answer is the former, I think I might not resent writing on the weekends. Then I could set a schedule for Monday, Wednesday, Friday and actually write a more detailed, well researched and though out post.

Buut I don't wanna lost my streak 😦.

Is there a way around this? Should the streak be sacrificed for quality, or is it just better to show up and do the work?

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    @jacklyons you should aim for quality regardless. Every time you write, you gotta try to get something valuable out there. We love to keep score because we are lazy; it's simple to measure quantity and difficult to measure quality. A streak gives you the external validation to keep going, but who can really score the quality of your work? Your future writer self, who is there thanks to those standards of quality you always insisted upon.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jul 15, 2019 18:00:17
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    @jacklyons My answer is write a post a day. It's the honing of the skill and keeping the juices going that is important. Some of those posts will be high quality. And really, who determines the quality? You might write what you think is a throw-away post, but there could be one line in there that's a game-changer for a reader. In that case it was worth it.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 14, 2019 13:52:17
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    @jacklyons The numbers count. It's beyond keeping score.

    Keep writing <3.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 14, 2019 17:44:40
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    @jacklyons hmmm I feel it's quite difficult to assess whether quantity or quality is better without understanding what your goals are. How is that process unfolding along for you?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 14, 2019 23:00:45
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    @jacklyons Writing only 200 words a day is an opportunity to write at a higher quality while keeping a habit of publishing frequently. Quality is hard to define whether you post once a day or once a week or once a month. Ultimately, it's the opinion of your audience that matters. Throw your writings around as frequently as possible and see what sticks :) That's why I don't think there is a difference between quality writing and daily writing. You just need to be more modular with the way you approach your texts.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 14, 2019 06:28:04
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    @jacklyons

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Jul 14, 2019 00:56:02
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    @jacklyons personally, quantity is better - but it is hard to get out of that streak mindset.
    I think it's hard to make a great, quality post in just 200 words, but 200WAD definitely has awesome value. It could be improved by encouraging posts in collections (same topic, continuations of previous posts, etc).

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Jul 14, 2019 00:56:01
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