010: Recap (so far)

Pilot Eps Mar 2, 2020

Today, I will:

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

Your ongoing feedback shapes this weekly experiment.


Pilot Episodes:

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.


Next, I'll invest in three areas (subject to whims).

  • Try some collaboration episodes
  • 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 “Artist”, I think basically everyone contains creativity and expression within.

Second: Keep experimenting with topics.

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

If you never check your inbox, follow @TheFireJar on Instagram.

Lessons Learned

Feedback from you:

  • Colors are muted, not ‘fire-y’
  • Some enjoy the "philosophical deep-dives", others find them too dense
  • Add time expectations in the email body ("4 min read"), so you know when to consume
  • Mobile is common, but desktop viewing experience is better
  • People want to respond to Qs in-line (swapping to email window is interruptive)

Great points ☝️
All totally valid.

Other learnings:

Daily process: Create every day. Edit often.

Writing: Cut unneeded words. Iterate.

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

Today, 135 brave people get the episodes.

Totally not "scalable". And that's ok.  


Thank you!