As you can see — at least at the time of this writing — this is a blog under construction with some mild ambition, going by the long list of empty categories on the homepage.
I've heard a lot about the effectiveness of something something public something something accountability, so I'm going to give this a shot: if there's anyone else who wants a bit of a jumpstart and encouragement for getting into the habit of putting stuff out there, this is for you!
Presenting the EXPress yOuR Thoughts, i.e, export, challenge. Here go rules, or not, make this your own!
- Put something out there — could be an essay, a video, a sketchnote, some code, a piece of music, a photograph — I think the only criteria is that this should be something you put together that you feel compelled to share, and something that can be accessed via a public URL. I suppose quotes and curated round-ups are good too, but ideally you want this to be something that has a bit of you in it.
- Share it on Twitter with #exportober (umm, the export challenge in October 😬 ... it had to be something that wasn't already taken so I can scrape it off and put it up in one place, and everyone participating can keep an eye out on others participating — the general hope is that everyone finds themselves encouraged by everyone else 🎉).
- I'm going to find a way of listing everything that comes up starting 27th September. This gives you five weeks until the end of October. Try and get something up everyday - this puts the challenge in the Export Challenge 😀 That said, allowing ourselves one cheat day per week means that we all hopefully end up with 30 things by the 30th of October. Yays 🤞
- Since I'll hopefully find a way of tracking all the content tagged this way and automatically pushing it to a page where we can find it all in one place, please don't put up anything illegal or damaging. Other than this, practically anything goes, but please do respect the basic idea, which is is to build up some positive vibes and keep this a fun exercise!
So I hope you spend the coming week getting setup — figure out what you want to do and how you'll do it, and maybe even cheating a little and preparing some buffer content for the rainy days? We've already had some great suggestions for tools you can use to get started:
Throw in your Twitter username in the form below to add your name to the list of people who
are thinking about will be participating! The list will evolve automatically below, and I'll probably clean it out of spurious entries manually every so often.