This notebook is a public experiment in working with the garage door open and sharing my process. Inspired by others who have shared their own digital gardens, I’ve decided to starting posting some of my notes here. Although I already publish essays and a weekly newsletter, I believe there are benefits in sharing notes on ideas-in-progress, as well as sharing my process. (If you’re curious, you can check out my note on how I built this website.)
I don’t have many regrets, but I wish I had started sharing my learnings a lot earlier in my career. Working in public has yielded incredibly positive returns for me. For starters, you get excellent feedback on your work, which allows you to improve it. But even without feedback, writing online drastically improves your thinking.
Even if you write entirely for yourself, it’s worth it.
My most valuable note is my Writing Guide. It shares my writing process, inspirations, and inputs. I’ve been updating it consistently throughout my writing journey, so it’s pretty comprehensive at this stage. You might enjoy my notes on how to generate ideas, why writing is like peeling an onion, or my essays on the value of working in public and the burden of expectation.
These notes are my best attempt to answer common questions I’ve received from readers and followers.
Q: Where do you find ideas to write about?
A: How to Generate Ideas
Q: How do you differentiate between blog articles and newsletter articles?
A: Blog vs Newsletter
Q: How did you learn to notice your own feelings?
A: Listen to Yourself