In this episode we meet Spenser Warren, a 3 time action-thriller novelist and former pantser who was named for a fictional Boston investigator. Spenser told me about how Ship30 helped him transfer from an HR professional to a content designer in 8 months.
In this episode we meet Samantha Postman, a multi-learned, multi-career, multi-creator who believes that many neurodiverse people might benefit from thinking of themselves as polymaths. Samantha told me that she lets her community lead her and about the power of taking on topics that others don't or won't.
In this episode we meet Brian O'Connor, a business consultant trying to democratize strategy by making the knowledge and tools big companies have more accessible to the little guy on Twitter. Brian talked about realizing his writing was too logical and how he started to add emotion and resonance.
In this episode we meet Natasha Tynes, an experienced journalist whose personal journey into entrepreneurial-ism mirrors changes in the broader publishing industry. Natasha reminded me that "retweets and likes are not going to pay your bills" and talked me through the diverse set of offerings from which she draws her sustenance.
In this episode we meet Aida Alston, who only learned she could draw because she figured out how to write online. We talked about stepping off a linear path and why she wants to tell people about it, a deep (but not shared) love of editing, and making #ship30for30 a family affair.
In this episode we meet Susan Abel, a life long educator who is on an epic daily writing streak that she doesn't want a vacation from. We talked about the importance of reading chapter books to young kids, the ideal ratio of details to ideas in an essay, and why a small audience can be a gift.
In this episode we meet Sandra, who talked to me about the rhythm of writing daily, the upwelling of ideas (and why she doesn't struggle with a blank page), and her Hemingway challenge to write "the truest sentence she knows" for 100 days.
In this episode we meet Jill Metcalfe, a Notion creator and freelance translator who thought that the idea of being interviewed was terrifying and took that as an indication she should do it. We talked about the confidence that comes from making and keeping a promise to yourself.
In this episode we meet Brian To, a copywriter and newsletterer who who noticed that tweeting 3 times as much got him the same amount of growth and decided to slow down. Brian said something simple that stuck with me; treat your followers more like a network than an audience.
In this episode we meet Bob Merckel, an old-school blogger who found his voice in the old internet and is finding his place in the new internet. Bob told me one thing that has remained the same is having fun and finding a community