I think it’s important for me to explain why I’m doing this in the first place.
Up until now, I always had this balance between work and school, where I had the outlet to distance myself from one another. Now that I’m done with school, design became a day job and I have nothing to do with the rest of my time. I felt the need to find another outlet for my own sanity, so I’ve decided to pick up writing.
I’m actually not doing anything new. I’ve always been jotting down thoughts on my iPhone and have been making journal entries for self-reflection. The only difference is that I’m making an effort to properly articulate these thoughts and share them publicly. These posts are mainly written for myself as a way to document my own thoughts and to be critical of my own work, but also to share my perspective with those that are interested.
Writing was something I’ve always enjoyed but wasn’t quite good at. It’s an essential skill to have in my field, so this would be a way for me to improve my writing while “working with the garage door up”. It’s a way to dive deeper into the problems I daydream throughout the week or a way to think out loud about my process. I’m in this for the long-run and would like to see how far I can take this.
I chose to shift from Medium to Substack for this reason. Medium’s business model barely provides value to the individual writers since it’s structured to incentivize people to create Medium accounts. Substack is fundamentally different in which the readers subscribe to the individual writer without having to create an account. Substack’s open-source model will allow me to write for a niche audience.
Stephen King describes writing as a form of telepathy. We’re in a different place at a different time, but I’m able to paint a picture and send a message to you. Writing and publishing in the form of an email newsletter would be a fun way for me to talk to everyone indirectly and share what’s on my mind these days.
We’ll see how long this lasts.