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7 blogs in 7 days

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Update: I wrote up how I did and my reflections.

I’m setting myself a challenge: write 7 blog articles that I’m proud of in 7 days.

And no, this one doesn’t count.


There are three main reasons:

  • to get better at writing quickly, while maintaining quality
  • to clear a backlog of ideas for articles, which has now grown to 40 articles I’d like to write!
  • because I’ve taken a week off work, so have more time available than normal
‘Maintaining quality’ is obviously highly subjective. Properties I value in my writing currently are:1
  • honesty: saying things that I fully believe in, and being explicit when I’m not sure about something. This includes not omitting material points, or writing anything intentionally misleading.
  • verifiability: readers shouldn’t just have to trust that I’m honest all the time. It should be easy for them to check my claims, should I be relying on some evidence that can be corroborated.
  • clarity: making it easy to read my articles even if you’re not an expert in some area. This involves using simple language, consistent terms, and linking to relevant further reading.
  • importance: write things I think could matter to someone, and ideally for decisions that are important. It’s fine if that someone is future me, or some audience who I don’t know yet but reasonably expect to exist. This usually means there needs to be something novel about each article.2 There’s no point just regurgitating content already out there, or easily generated by today’s AI systems.

Provided I get the articles written, at the end of the week I’ll review them for quality along these axes.

See you in a week!

Update: I wrote up how I did and my reflections.


  1. There are other qualities that I’d like to have in my writing, but that I don't see as critical: humour in particular. If people have advice on this, I’d love to hear it.

  2. The idea or topic itself doesn’t need to be novel: the presentation might be novel instead. For example, great textbooks rarely present new ideas, but do present ideas in a new way that’s easier to digest.