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After two weeks 2020-12-19 17:12:46

Because 200WAD was coming to a close I spun up this site. At first two others in the community -- including
-- were working on spinoffs. Each spinoff had its own goals and values. For example, Jason's is about setting goals, and documenting them: writing your way to your goals.

When I started Adagia, I was at first focused on recreating a lot of the old 200WAD (2019) experience. And now that I and
have been using it for ~2 weeks I think I've narrowed in on what the niche value prop should be. It's basically self-serving. I want to write finished content.

I used to use the term longform content, but I didn't like how longform didn't account for shorter pieces like poetry and blog posts. I reflected more on what I really meant by longform and so far this is what I have:

Finished Content is something you've revised and edited until a point where you let it go out to the world and be. Finished Content is something you point people to when they find out your a writer and they want to read something. The main difference between Finished Content and just posting everyday is that we don't expect our everyday posts to become a Finished Content. We write everyday to keep the writing muscle alive and also to be fishing for ideas. Finished Content comes when we find a set of ideas we like enough to dedicate not only daily posting about it, but meticulous revision. 

Not sure yet how to design a user interaction for helping writers Finish Content, but I think that it begins by helping them Develop Content. So that's what I will try to do. Will report back on here to keep you all updated.

Let me know what type of Finished Content you would like to produce. For me I'd like to have short stories and novellas and some essays. 

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"Finished content" is what I was using Medium for. I do like the distinction between daily writing as an exercise to try out ideas and explore but then somehow arriving at finished works and having some way to display them differently.
2020-12-19 17:19:30
So I find Medium is more for 'publishing' the finished content. The idea I'm toying around with now is a way to improve how one 'finishes' the content. I'll have to check back in with you later about this because I'm curious as to what type of finished content you might want to create. 
2020-12-20 22:04:19
For now, I would say it's mainly the newsletter. 
2020-12-21 02:51:20
That's what I figured. The only thing I wanted to question ontop of that though was:

Similar to how Seth Godin and James Clear -- author of Atomic Habits -- obtain most of their audience via their more daily stuff such as Blog/Newsletter/Social-Media... but both of them still have the finished works (books usually). Once I have a user interaction that helps me and people like 
finish our short stories I'll check back in with you to see if maybe the user interaction can help you write your own standalone piece that your newsletter might refer to.
2020-12-21 15:26:33
Yes, I know who James Clear is. 😎Ok on the finished work.
2020-12-21 16:00:37