Monthly summaries were a bad idea

I can’t remember who I saw writing monthly updates first, but it seemed like something that could be pretty useful to help keep my writing habit going strong.

It’s a consistent type of content written on a specific date; what could possibly go wrong?

Well, after starting my monthly updates, my writing output started to slow down considerably. It became a balancing act between “should this be its own article?” and “I’ll just write something short instead for the monthly summary.”

The other thing I enjoy about writing on my personal site is that there is no time pressure to post. I could publish 30 articles a month or 1, and it really doesn’t matter to me. With the monthly summaries, I started to dread the monthly deadline, which is the last thing I want to deal with (especially considering the deadlines I already have to adhere to for minimalgoods.)

So while it was a fun experiment, I won’t be doing them going forward. I do like the idea of having a list of recent links I’ve been enjoying, so I’m still debating whether to make individual posts about them (could get overwhelming), or include them at the bottom of each article (could be very out of context).

Oh well, I’ll figure it out.¬†Eventually.