Wow. We've had over 10,000 visitors in the last 24 hours. It started with "How do I write so much, you ask? Well, glad you asked -" hitting the front page of Hacker News, but then there's been a steady stream of tweets and blog referrals. It's been crazy, and it's still going. After it settles down I'll do an analysis post on the traffic, comments, emails I've gotten, etc.
This leaves me scratching my head - hmm, I now have a lot of new visitors and readers (hi, welcome, glad you're onboard). And like I said in "How do I write so much?", I don't think someone can exactly control the quality of their output. You give your best, but you're not always firing at your highest level.
So I'm cheating, and I'm producing a best-of here. I took the best posts on here, and grouped them in a way so you can find exactly what you're looking for. I'd also like to invite you to comment on which you like, make suggestions, ask questions - I read every comment. Alright, here we go -
Want to get more done?
The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking (probably my best post on getting more done)
The Joys of Public Accountability
More About Intek – Knowing a Skill vs. Living a Skill
Some General Life Goals
Guest Post: On Being On-Track With Obsessive Tasks
Why Isn’t My Book Done?
Fill Up Your Dead Time
New Word: intek
Positive Sum Games Don’t Require Natural Talent
Quitting Spectator Sports
Me? I’m a strategist
I think greatness is something you do, not something you are
Guest Post: Greatness and Humility
Becoming a Liberal and Magnificent Tipper
Why Build? Because I Like Humanity
Producing is a Million Times Better Than Consuming
Luck Doesn’t Exist
Rule an Empire, Fistful of Rice
Bad Stuff That’s Happened to You = Expensive Lessons You’ve Already Paid For
If luck doesn’t exist, then should we give way to fatalism?
We All Get 24 Hours…
Watching the Lightning
Observing the Pain
A Lot of Victory is Just Walking Around
Some General Good Advice:
The Problems With Half-Working
Is it cheaper to fly internationally to buy your next suits, luggage, etc?
Hey you – yeah YOU – you can be an entrepreneur
I Think Good Marketing Is Mostly Just Having People Want to Spend Time With You
I’m Realizing How Much a One Night Vacation Can Be Worth
On Refining Diet
If You’re Intelligent, Beware the Cleverness Disease
Constantly Improve Your Environment
Some Collected Quotes and Poetry:
Going to sleep a lot and rejoin the land of the living tomorrow. (Hamlet)
Patience – In Macro, Yes; In Micro, No (Tokugawa quotes)
Sun Tzu says – Make It Look Easy
Wisdom Shouts in the Streets (Proverbs from the Bible)
We’re Living in the Future (video: "Everything's amazing but nobody's happy" - watch it now if you haven't already seen it)
Yeah threads are working so that's cool. No thank you for writing that cool article, I got some good link karama on reddit :).
I just started reading the comments on TechCrunch, and that was the first comment I read from Arrington. So I guess it was a bad first impression. Thanks for clearing that up.
The best of list is something I was looking for as a new reader. Thanks. I also love how you respect the people who comment, as some bloggers get very defensive. We're not going to mention names.
It is, however, a little hard to keep track of the comments here. It would be great if you could add a commenting platform that has multiple threads. Maybe something like Disqus or Comment Luv. Just an idea.
Best of luck.
Ah very well Sebastian, you give an example of someone who is kind of remarkable essayist of our era. Yes I agree with you, he always seems to be incredible relax. All best people I know are in fact. They don't need to rush because they know they are on top of things. They are going to win no matter what. Relax is the secret charm and powerful weapon. It shows that you are rich and fulfill,has no desperation.
Also i said ' simple old tips' because everyone knows these but ignore them. You do actually have very charming style IF you could just less tense up and take some of the masculine effect away.
I have been followed your articles for quite a while now and I have to say 3 positive things that most occur to me.
1. Some of your writing are well successful. I mean they are clever. You can consider yourself in privileged position.
2. You are different, although it more of the bold style you go for that trap people. It is like ' hang on a minute, what he is talking about'
3. You write in the same way that you talk. I only assume this cause I never met you in person. This can be very powerful if you know how to take advantage of your charisma. There is nothing more beautiful than the man who can transform his character in to words.
Aside from this wonderful achievement, there is few negative points I personal feel. I hope my comment will contribute for the better. I taught my kid to write sometimes and realize that school homework's these day drive even adult crazy, let alone those guys. But there is some very simple old tips that I find it works really well for me as a journalist many year ago.
1. You got to be relax when you write. Don't push yourself to win an argument, that is normally a major mistake. A strong argument is grew upon clear research, thoughtful observation and clever articulation. We must put the ' me, me, me' out for a second and pretend like someone is listening to you carefully.
2. Try to write a draft by hand. Typing is no good. Computer kills poetry. Do you believe that? When you take time to write down by hand (not the whole thing), it actually give you more time to consider and re-structure. You must design a piece of writing as much as you design your thought.
3. Always write backward.
Every now and then, I told my kid don't try to do things just to meet deadline.(however deadline is interesting on it own) Do it over and over again until it is sound like a waterfall in your head. Despite some of your strong opinion, I just want to say one more thing on this " It is not about quantity, it is about quality''.
Be a strong man as you are! Good luck!
Lester Buck just sent me this great zen koan:
"To know and not to do is not yet to know."
I agree. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this topic, and I came to the conclusion that there's no good word for this phenomenon. Thus, "Intek" -
intek: hybrid of “internalize” and ancient Greek “teknik”
intek: To go from a state of knowing a craft or skill theoretically to knowing how to perform that craft or skill in the real world.
Welcome to 2014. For me, it feels like my year started in June. Being on a semester system in school, it feels like January-May was a totally different year.
It's been a bit exciting, if not grueling. I've grown a lot, but at the same time, I've fallen back towards resistance and am still struggling with Step 1 of How To Take Control of Your Life. When I let the biggest hindrance go, I start to look for something to fill the time with, and sadly, I fell back into it.
I was wrong about a ton of stuff this year, but I can also say I was also really right about a lot, too. I've probably made a ton of mistakes that are going to affect me in the long run, but the time to change my life is coming up one week into the New Year, so we'll see how it goes.
I think I'm struggling the most with a sense of direction. I know what I want to do in the long run, but right now, no options seem viable for my unique situation. Yes, maybe I'm a teenager convinced that I'm a special snowflake, but it's still difficult in the present. One of the best skills you can have is to look at your present hardship as how you do when you look at your hardship in hindsight.
All I can attest to doing this year is trying.