30 Articles in 30 Days

I am going to write 30 articles in 30 days. Here’s why.


I’ve recently been feeling quite disengaged creatively, lack motivation and feeling a general sense of “what’s the point?”

I don’t know where it’s stemming from, it could be many things and I know it’s not just me. I’m picking it up more generally from people. I’m finding it hard to get excited or feel real passion and energy about things.

Even to the point where I don’t feel that excited about my Book coming out which feels hard to admit. I feel real pride for having written it, but again, I have this general sense of “whatever” at the moment.

Years ago I read a book called the “Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. This is quite a famous book for creatives (or anyone) to rediscover themselves and move through a Writer’s Block. More fundamentally though the book (in my opinion) is more like a therapeutic process and form of self-discovery.

For the record I only ever read the first two chapters and followed those steps. I couldn’t get past the bit that tells you to go on an “artists” date with yourself once a week.

One of the famous practices in the book is called Morning Pages. This is essentially writing/journaling and you write 3 pages of text every morning without fail. It doesn’t matter what you write, you just write. You can write rubbish, waffle, squaffle, whatever you want, you just write. It’s an unblocking process and in itself I believe has great mental health benefits.

I’ve also been feeling a bit disillusioned with social media too, mostly LinkedIn and Instagram. Linkedin created a feature called creator mode where I could tell the world how many followers I have and essentially position myself as a “creator” or “influencer” - I noticed how quick I was to turn this feature on and show off my 30k followers and then how quickly self-conscious I became of that number in comparison to others.

Social media lends itself to short form multi-media content with video being the pinnacle. Yet I love to write and I like to write lengthily, I like to ramble, as I am now. It’s sad that I feel like I can’t do that because short form content “gets better engagement”

This is what I am going to do. I am going to write a public blog post every day for 30 days. From now. I’ve always wanted to write everyday, but I’ve always said I don’t have the time. Yet I do have the time and I want to do it. There’s a Venture Capitalist called Fred Wilson who I used to follow and he wrote every day, I respected that and some of his posts were awesome. I am going to give it a go and see what happens. 30 blog posts in 30 days. I might not write one each day, I might write 2 today so I have something to post tomorrow, etc etc. But I am going to post one every day. If I don’t it won’t be the end of the world, but the public accountability should help.

On Tuesdays, the post I write will be shared on my newsletter, because I already write that once a week. I’m going to 7x my writing output.

I’ll share how I find this process and what opportunities it creates for me and I’ll be sharing all sorts of content for the next 30 days. Some of the stuff I plan to write is about:

• Mental health
• The startup founder journey
• Venture Capital
• Bootstrapping a company
• Founder psychology
• Money
• The Environment
• Relationships
• Miscellaneous

I’d also love to write about stuff that people want to know, so I’m going to keep asking people to message me with requests or questions as that will give me inspiration.

With any creative process, the hardest part is getting started.

I just started.

1/30

James x

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