10 posts in 1 hour [EXPERIMENT] – Conclusion

As you might have guessed from my previous post, I didn’t make it.

I’m at an hour and 13 minutes as I hit schedule on this post.

But contrary to what you might have guessed from that previous post, I did go ahead and finish (although that’s kind of what I said I’d do at the halfway point when it first became obvious I really might not make it).

So what did I learn here…

  • First, I was able to write almost non-stop for about an hour. I riffed on what I’d written previously, finding creativity in what I’d created. It’s not as difficult as it’s cracked up to be, especially if…
  • Second, I set low standard. I harp on this all the time. I truly believe that if you lower your standards, you’re able to have a much better life than if you raise them (it doesn’t always work, but it does in most contexts).
  • Third, I accidentally set up three of these posts as pages. If you’ve used WordPress before, you know the difference (a page is like the “About” page on a website – a post is like what you’re reading here, something in a log). If you rush, you’re definitely not going to be 100%.
  • Fourth, I hadn’t published for nearly a month, so even thought I didn’t really have any of these posts that I wrote already imagined, I did have a fresh mind. There’s something about doing this every day that tends to take more about of me… at least that’s what I assume. Maybe I really could repeat this indefinitely.
  • Fifth, and probably most importantly, I wanted to create some quick content to get back up on the site. Even though this took longer than I wanted, it was a totally successful experiment. It was a great example of setting up an experiment in such a way that even failing is a success.

First experiment of 2017, done.

What do you do when the deadline passes?

It’s a legit question.

When I ran (read: tried to finish) the marathon, they told me I had to get off the street. The time ran out, and I hadn’t finished.

I could keep running, they said, but on the sidewalk.

I was done. That was it.

I didn’t have any gas left to keep going once the time ran out.

That’s how it usually is for me. If there’s a deadline, I’m all in right until the end, especially if the deadline is tight. I’m pretty competitive like that.

But as soon as the deadline passes, I feel the defeat and immediately give up.

What do you do?

Do you keep going, like those motivation YouTube videos of running tripping and falling and then getting back up to finish the race with a broken foot even though there’s no chance of them getting anything but last place?

Or do you quit, like me?

Is one better than the other?

Our band newsletter

One of the reasons I haven’t been as active here on Marshallogue is because I’ve been writing for our band, Hunchback Whale.

I started an email newsletter.

You can check it out here at the Official Hunchback Whale Site.

It’s just once a week. And it’s not super long or detailed.

I’ve also been working on a lot of the other marketing stuff for the band. “It’s stealing all my energies.”

I wanted to mention it here, though, because I hadn’t yet. I figure if I’m going to promote it, tell everyone about it, I probably ought to post about it here, the site that gets the most visitors of any of the sites I’ve built so far.

Again, check it here.

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