Always be producing

1 year ago

As a product builder, I believe in the mantra always be producing, which comes from a Paul Graham essay:

Always produce. For example, if you have a day job you don't take seriously because you plan to be a novelist, are you producing? Are you writing pages of fiction, however bad? As long as you're producing, you'll know you're not merely using the hazy vision of the grand novel you plan to write one day as an opiate. The view of it will be obstructed by the all too palpably flawed one you're actually writing.

"Always produce" is also a heuristic for finding the work you love. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you're supposed to work on, toward things you actually like.

I created this blog in the service of that goal.

Why not just post to Medium? Why create your own blog?

Well, because this isn't just a text blog.

I want to be able to render my own HTML or JavaScript. For example:

I might even want to write customized backend code for certain pages on this blog.

I made this blog specifically to encourage myself to build little things — and show them to the world — without much friction.

Like all new resolutions, things often peter out after the initial excitement wears off. But I hope I can regularly find time to contribute to this blog.


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