Thinking About My Writing

Improving Notes

I recently noticed that my writing is a bit cold and impersonal in my reading and watching notes. Although these posts were meant to give a summary of the book/talk, I think adding in my thoughts or reflecting on how the content relates to my work would make a better blog post. 

For example, I could write about how the book Design for Real Life has taught me how much of our everyday product decisions affect people’s lives. I could write about how it opened my eyes to the far-reaching effects of my own biases.

Increasing Frequency and Vulnerability

I don’t write as often as I’d like because I think of this blog as a medium for showcasing my work and my side projects. I want my posts to be polished because I see them as an extension of my CV. But because of this mindset, my posts end up lacking personality and vulnerability. 

Contrast my writing here to my writing on On that blog, I freely share my struggles (a recent surgery or my lack of productivity) and my personal goals (like my donation goals). I think this is because I’m not trying to perform or prove anything on that blog. I’m just writing to share.

So I think it would be good to adopt that mindset: focus on sharing instead of performing. In future posts, I’d like to share what I’ve been learning recently and the struggles that I run into when working on a project.

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