Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Writing daily. Posting what’s worth your time.

I just finished an experiment. Last month, I published a new article to my blog every day. I’m glad I tried it, but ultimately I didn’t like it. Because…

  1. It made my writing worse, not better. I was trying to come to conclusions quicker. I was skipping steps 2-5 of my writing process. I wasn’t taking the time to look at more angles or doubt my first conclusion. I was spending more time being shallow, to get something posted, instead of taking that time to go deeper.
  2. It broke the silent promise I’d made with my readers: that anything I post to my site is really worth your time. I already write many hours a day privately, but I only post something to the public when I feel it’s really worth sharing. But with the daily post? eh… there were some ideas in there, but I wasn’t so proud of them. They were under-developed. I didn’t feel they were so worth your time.
  3. I was spending 3-6 hours per day working on those daily posts. So I hardly worked on my next book or anything else. Coming up with a daily post was becoming a full-time job. And, considering the previous two points here, an unwise one.

It did make me write more, so I’ll probably find the happy medium now. I’ll be posting more than I used to before this experiment, but not every day. Only when I think it’s really worth your time.

Podcast

I’ve been meaning to do this for years, but last week I finally took the time and made it happen: I go into a studio to record myself reading every post. I post them as a podcast to sivers.org/podcast.

I submitted it to the various podcast directories like Apple, Google, and Spotify. But in the meantime, just copy this URL: sivers.org/podcast.rss - then add it manually to whatever podcast player you prefer.

Store

I’m programming a store so I can sell books, ebooks, audiobooks, whatever, directly from my site. You can see the code here. I’m excited to finally get these books out into the public.

Two books down, one to go

I’m publishing three new books this year:

  1. “Your Music and People” was done last year. Patrick Smith is animating the whole audiobook.
  2. “Hell Yeah or No” was finished a few months ago.
  3. “How to Live” is a rough draft, and needs a couple months of writing.

I’m still working out where I’m going to get it printed, and what that will cost. Once I know, I’ll set up a page to take advance orders. If you get on my private email list, I’ll let you know long before the public.

Though Penguin published my last book, and offered to publish my future ones, I wanted the experience of self-publishing, and selling directly from my own site.


Updated November 1st, 2019, from Oxford, England.