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Jun 14, 2019 08:45:56

We Might Need a Hug

by @brianball PATRON | 388 words | 51🔥 | 266💌

Brian Ball

Current day streak: 51🔥
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Reply to: Is your streak burning you out?


There's something bugging me about the whole "streak" concept.


Let me just start writing and see if I can discover what it is.


I've had streaks greater than 100 days ripped from me because my brain simply got distracted by travel, family, something enjoyable. You wake up and think, "oh shit!" and the streak begins anew.


1. Losing a streak can suck and make you want to give up. That's a large disincentive and I'm dubious if the tradeoff is worth it. There's a reasonable amount of upside to get you off the ground, but like a plane, you shouldn't be expected to keep heading up - you level off. You eventually land. You complete a trip. 


2. There's no finish line to aim for. Imagine a running event, where there's actually no finish line.


3. It's arbitrary. A streak, is a regular frequency. But, why 200 words? Why 24 hours? Why the flame icon? All design decisions to be sure, but is there any science or proof or promise behind any of it?


At this point, I also feel as if I'm trying to say something but I might not get there. 


I guess one thing that does seem a bit disingenuous is the idea that you can schedule a post and still maintain your streak.


200 words isn't a lot. If I wanted to, I could easily write 5 x 200-word posts in a day and queue them up with the scheduling feature. I would only ever do that if I gave a shit about the streak. Right?


Lance Armstrong only cheated because he figured he could get away with it. And, he did. Until he didn't.


If we want to showcase the people who are actually showing up every day and getting their streak on, we have to disable private posts and scheduling. Otherwise, you can game the system and there's no transparency.


If there's no transparency ( like drug testing in the Tour de France ) -- then what's the point?


I think I got close enough to my point. It feels a bit curmudgeonly to write this. I might sit on for a bit before hitting publish..


I just re-read it and realized thanks to @keni. Maybe what the people going for the infinite streak actually need is just a hug. 


To all of you on #teamstreak: 🤗

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    @brianball do you need a hug? Here. hugs :))) btw I quite like how you decided to just start writing to figure things out - writing for emergence is something I'm enjoying quite a bit recently too

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 15, 2019 15:16:49
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    @brianball Writing and publishing are two different habits. You can write every day, it won't help you develop your blog/newsletter/Twitter if you don't publish it. The most successful pro content creators publish daily. I'm thinking Pewdiepie, GaryV, Seth Godin... That's the incentive behind the private/scheduled posts: to ensure a constant flow of new content as long as you put in the work at some point in time, designed for members with more "professional" aspirations, which is why those are paid features.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 15, 2019 05:00:37
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      @basilesamel - That makes sense. I think they're great features -- and I'd suggest them if they weren't there. I'm just having conversation about the merits of attaching too much psychological value on the number next to the fire icon. :-)

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 14, 2019 20:58:07
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    @brianball Considering there are only 24 people on #Teamstreak, I am not concerned about people "gaming" the system right now. We are working within the rules endowed by our creator (Baz). Thanks for the hug. 😎

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 14, 2019 12:50:30
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    @brianball well said and you raise some really good points. It must be hard to design a streak into an app and make it cover all these cases. Maybe in general we could have a setting for your goals whereby state that only want to post 1 x a week -- maybe 5 x a week. All the other days then could be streaked with a different color to distinguish this. That way, a user can dip their feet in and scale up as they become more comfortable with this newfound habit. Food for thought @basilesamel

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jun 14, 2019 11:32:00
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    @brianball So I for one maintain my streak for one primary reason - ME. And I think this should be everyone's reason. I've also noted before I've made a personal choice not to write about writing or not being able to write or streaking or anything substantially related to 200WaD. I'll just continue try to come up with 200 or so unique thoughts and words every day until I don't. This is just ME. 🔥

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Jun 14, 2019 13:25:19
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      @Rawhead nice reminder about your choice of not writing about the streak. The conversations had been interesting, but now back to our regular programming! Thanks for the reminder ;)

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 15, 2019 15:08:50
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      @Rawhead - mathematically, if we could all just take care of ourselves ... we'd be set. Thanks for doing your part.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 15, 2019 09:07:27
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      @brianball 👍

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Jun 16, 2019 08:25:29
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