Ship 30 for 30

December 07, 2021

I’ve read a few books on habit formation, starting with James Clear’s Atomic Habits, which was tremendously insightful. Using the steps of cue, craving, response, and reward, seems a logical path to habit formation. That said, I haven’t built any habits using the methodologies. Until now…

My habit of setting up blogs, and doing nothing with them, is going to change. From today. I’m embracing some of the concepts from Ship 30 by 30 and mixing that with Atomic Habits, to see how that goes. Here’s the theory.

Ship 30 by 30 has a short email course, with some great ideas I resonate with, but I do think some ideas are promoted for the upsell to the paid course. The ideas of improving your writing, building the habit, writing to clarify your ideas, and using writing to link up with like minded people all sound great. They mesh with my thoughts on the matter (and my confirmation biases…) However, I think the trashing of blogs and the essentialness of writing in a community, are more related to the long course they are selling.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to do the long course, and think it’s probably a better idea to start writing regularly in a more structured, and accountable, way. But I’m in a place where I don’t care for people to hear what I have to say yet – it’s still too unformed – so I’m happy to twiddle away on my blog with no readers. That said, I’m stealing the 250 words a day for 30 days concept, and kicking it off today.

What will I write about? No idea. I imagine it will be more of a journal at I stumble along at the start. I’m not a “thought leader” and, though I’m working on a startup, I’m not a Founder of any note, in fact, I haven’t made a single dollar online, yet.

So here’s where I’m at currently. Father, husband, working a full-time job as a game developer, building EdScreening on nights and weekends. I’m planning on, belatedly, starting Rob Walling’s Stairstep approach with a mostly hands-off T-Shirt store, and have a few micro sass ideas waiting for me to have some time to get them started. And I’m writing 250+ words a day for the next 30 days.

Wish me luck :)


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Written by Adrian Gray who's bootstrapping an EdTech startup in Sydney, and loves to chat with like minded people. Find him on Twitter