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010: Recap (so far)

Reflections, at 10 weeks.

Jeremy Finch
Jeremy Finch
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010: Recap (so far)

This retrospective has three sections:

  • Review - the first ten episodes
  • Preview - where we're heading next
  • Discuss - lessons learned (so far)


Your ongoing feedback shapes this weekly experiment. Thanks!


Recap

Pilots:

001: “Hello World” - What is this project?

002: “Diverge, Converge” - Procrastination and creative resistance.

003: “Subway Comic” - A comic book, two ways.

004: “Battlestar Galactica” - A deep-dive into a great sci-fi TV series.

005: “Drawing + Writing” - Childhood reflections, Lynda Barry.

006: “Ten Movements” - Exercises to help you move / feel better.

007: “Climbing / Leaping” - Flying leaps, nervous breakdowns.

008: “Animation Sampler” - Clips from various eras.

009: “Thinking Fast + Slow” - The definitive owner’s manual for your brain.


Preview

Next, I plan to invest in three areas:

  • Try out some collaboration posts
  • Keep experimenting in genre + format
  • Focus on email as primary “channel”


First: Collaborations.

Ideally, The Fire Jar grows beyond one voice. I hope to mix in other skillz and perspectives.

Even if you don’t identify as an capital-A “Artist”, I think basically everyone contains a special form of creativity and expression within.

Second: Keep experimenting with topics.

Things like: Behavioral economics, drawing, calisthenics, and a sci-fi TV series (among other things). Please keep sharing what you want more / less of. I'm envisioning a handbalancing tutorial, and an animated MBA series.

Third: Focus on email.

Email / RSS / html are great ways to connect with people globally using proven technologies that are not dependent on a single company.

If you never check your inbox, @TheFireJar is also (sort of) on Instagram.


Lessons Learned

Feedback I heard :

  • The colors are muted, not ‘fire-y’ enough
  • Some enjoy the "philosophical deep-dives", others find them too dense
  • I should add time expectations in the email body ("4 min read"), so you know when / where to consume
  • Mobile engagement is common, but desktop UX is better
  • People want to respond to Qs in-line (swapping to email window is interruptive)


Great points ☝️
All valid.

Other learnings:

Have a process: Create every day. Edit often.

Writing: Cut unneeded words. Share. Iterate.

Grow slow: The “strategy” = emailing friends and relatives.


Today, 135 brave people get the episodes.


This is totally not "scalable".
And that's ok.  



Thank you!






Other recaps :

Retrospectives - The Fire Jar
~Quarterly reviews and reflections.



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