I've been meaning to write for a long time. In fact, it's been on my New Year's resolutions for at least 3 years. I think the most difficult part for me is how I framed the process of writing. I thought of writing as this assignment that I had to get perfect before hitting Submit. This is very likely because I was trained through school to view writing this way–as something to be repeatedly edited and finally graded.
One of the things I love about Twitter is how easy it is to formulate a thought and hit
send tweet. It's so easy in fact that there's a whole meme format that goes like some half-baked thought or joke followed by the phrase "send tweet". I clearly don't have an aversion for writing tweets given my account has almost 19,000 of them.
I guess what I've really been looking for is a Longform Twitter. I tried out Medium, but honestly it still feels like it has a high bar and I have to meticulously curate my output. Medium feels like the Instagram of writing. I've been looking for a long time for a writing/publishing tool that had a super seamless writing experience and a design that encouraged writing and sharing raw thoughts over manicured text; reading.supply just might be it.
I also need to work on shifting my attitude towards writing as an essential tool for thinking. Writing helps frame the abstract language of my thoughts into the (relatively) more precise language of words that other humans can understand. At least until Brain-Computer Interfaces come along, writing will have to do. Writing also has the advantage of being indexed and searched-over, creating a memory extension to my brain. I'm convinced writing will help me organize my thoughts, improve my memory and solicit the ideas of other smart people on the internet who stumble upon my words.
I'm going to give this a shot.