The most recent @ShopTalkShow episode didn't disappoint 👌
I loved the convo on the toll of "not shipping"—i.e., not releasing work/creations/projects—and the impact that has on individuals and businesses. I feel this in my bones.
I love releasing my creations into the world. Nothing beats that feeling.
It doesn't matter whether I'm releasing a client project, blog post, Twitter thread, or newsletter.
What matters is that *I released something* 🏆
Regularly shipping work is crucial. Long-term momentum provides small victories that lead to big victories!
I used to be too focused on the big victories, which was a negative feedback loop. Trying to enjoy the smallest victories has made me much happier and more content.
I find it hard to ship projects, though. Or at least, I think I do 🤷🏻♂️
Like, I have wayyy more blog post drafts than published posts. I want to get better at publishing more blog posts, but it's still not something I consistently do.
I consistently write, though, which is good.
This is why I'm happy I write every day; thousands of words. I'm always learning, thinking, and writing. These are core practices that keep me moving forward.
And as of right now, what I write gets published less frequently 🤙
“Get the practice right, and your commitment will open the door for the market to engage with your work.” —Seth Godin
I often recall "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield when thinking about creative work.
"Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance."
Good stuff 👌🏻
Now I'm reflecting on:
How am I impacted by shipping creative work and not shipping creative work?
Something to think about... but what matters is *actually doing the work.*
Also, that "Twitter-Driven Development" joke that @chriscoyier mentioned is hilarious 😂
At least the folks at @CodePen who embraced this terrifying TDD approach were shipping some meaningful work 👌🏻
That's more than what we can say for Twitter.
They have how many thousands of engineers, and this is what we get—cryptocurrency scams, half-baked weak-ass content editing experience, no desktop app, forced algorithms, and NO INNOVATION WHATSOEVER 😡
Twitter and countless other companies exist for little more than to funnel billions of dollars into the hands of a very few wealthy people while offering a mediocre product that we all use because of market monopolization or some cultural/societal consensus 🤷🏻♂️
At least @typefully exists 🙏🏻 But think about it—how much would it theoretically cost to build an app like Typefully in-house at Twitter?
Does it cost $10m? $100m? $500m? $1b? Idfk.
BUT I SURE AS HELL KNOW IT COSTS LESS THAN $30B 🤯
Nah, corporations get complacent because executives don't care about anything other than making money.
So everyone sits around checking boxes for whatever projects validate everyone's employment 🤦🏻♂️
ANYHOW, the episode is great. Go give it a listen and you too can rant on the internet to nobody in particular.
Thanks @chriscoyier and @davatron5000 for consistently shipping a dope podcast ✌️ Y'all are killing it.
Hey, I'm Keenan 👋🏻
By trade, I'm a freelance web developer with over 13 years of experience. I specialize in building complex UIs.
I'm always learning, sharing, and creating.
Here, you'll find some self-selected highlights from what I've written on Twitter so you don't have to scroll through my mess of a timeline.
Have fun ✌️