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!
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 plan to invest in three areas:
- Try out some collaboration posts
- Keep experimenting in genre + format
- Focus on email as primary “channel”
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.
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 ☝️
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.
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