After 178 days of blogging (now 179) every day, there’s one thing I️ realized that I️ should be doing that I’m not. I’m kicking myself it’s taken so long for me to figure It out!
I️ need to audit the previous day's work.
As much as I️ would like to think that just the sheer fact of writing every day will automatically improve my work, without clear feedback on what’s good and what sucks how could I️ possible get better?
Without clear, consistent feedback, no amount of time spent doing something is going to improve your skills.
For all I️ know, I’ve written 178 drab posts that no gives two potatoes about. I️ don’t think that’s the case, but without feedback loops, I️ would never know.
I’m not concerned about numbers of how many people are reading or liking my work, what I️ care about is quality.
My aim is to eek out a little bit of improvement every day.
As long as I’m focusing on quality and putting myself out there as much as possible, I’ll be able to have a much greater impact in the long-term.
Slow and steady. Hone your craft while you’re still in obscurity.
So what’s going to be my feedback process?
Every morning, I’m going to read the previous day’s post.
On the surface, I’ll be looking for spelling and structure. Is the length good? If it's short could it be shorter? If it's long, does it earn it's keep?
The real audit will be asking questions like:
Does this topic make sense? Do I️ understand what I’m trying to say? Will others understand?
Is this post relatable? I️s there a better way to phrase this piece?
How is the flow? Is there a personal touch or storytelling aspect to the piece?
And finally, is this post good? Is there a way to make It better? On a scale of 1 to 5, is this bad, irrelevant, good, great or profound?
The goal isn’t to crap on my writing, the goal is to give myself positive feedback for improvement.
Remember, practice doesn’t equal perfect. Rather it’s deliberate practice, with active ways to check yourself and readjust that leads to exceptional work.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
"I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself." — Elon Musk
"We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve." — Bill Gates
"An important skill for all SpaceXers is the ability to accept critical feedback. This is key to anyone's growth and becoming better at what they do." — Gwynne Shotwell