Phew – it’s hard work being part of our cities’ feedback system
Just over two weeks ago I wrote about my decision to slowly release my book, Nest City: The Human Drive to Thrive in Cities, as a blog. Part of that decision was to post a piece of the book Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, starting Tuesday May 1, 2012. I have done it for two weeks. Phew.
Even though I have material written, it has taken a lot of time and focus to turn what I have into a blog post that is remotely cogent and meaningful. It has been useful to condense my thinking. Most helpful is the insight not to name the post until I am just about done – at that point I seem to find the point of the post.
As I keep doing this, I am mindful that I need to craft accurate invitations to readers. I aim to pay particular attention to:
A compelling title. It might be all a readers sees in an RSS feed. It will also be part of an attractive collection of posts as they become more numerous. The title itself can be insightful.
A compelling first sentence. This appears on LinkedIn and facebook, for example. It must draw readers in.
A compelling personal update. The title can be used, or slightly modified, for a Twitter/LinkedIn/facebook update. The words themselves are what will compel a follower to retweet or forward my update and link.
A post that provides links to others’ work. As I explore, it is important for me to notice, for myself and others, the work on which I am building. This models how economic life works.
Writing what is wanting to emerge from me. I trust that each of us has a passion that is worth following.
Being part of our cities’ feedback system. As a writer, my work is, in part, to reflect on cities and how we organize ourselves. I share what I see.
I have to confess I am looking forward to a break from blogging for a couple days. But I know I will be itching to post again on Monday. The pressure is welcome.