Seth Godin’s post yesterday about saving as draft really hit me. He talked about our default position to hold an idea, a post, a project and save it in draft mode. Tweaking it until it is perfect. Holding it, analysing it and critiquing it to beyond and back. He said to stop. Just ship it. Feedback on your idea is more important than perfection. The perfect piece, the perfect idea is a myth. Get it out there. Get feedback. Get used to sharing your drafts and you will benefit more than sitting on the idea and over cooking it. Once it is out there, it will take on its own life. Remember that the more you ship, the better you get at dropping your guard. The less self-scrutiny you will apply to your own work.

How many ideas, blog posts, projects have you saved as draft? Why don’t you share those ideas with the world!

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6 thoughts on “Enrich the world with your raw ideas. Ship your drafts

  1. I am as big as a fan of Godin as anyone, but I think that we need to consider what it might mean to ‘ship’. I have been really inspired by the work of Mike Caulfield and the call to collect ideas, rather than commit yourself to endlessly committing ourselves all of the time. Taking this from a different perspective, it is about being divergent for as long as possible. That is why I have really jumped into the idea of a wikity (http://readwriterespond.com/?p=3234). Still shipping, but a little more loosely.

    1. I would regard shipping as being divergent. Leaving the idea open and primed for further shaping, instead of converging and putting out a polished and closed idea. I love the wikity idea and your willingness to push your own thinking. As always mate, inspiring! Thanks for commenting.

  2. An interesting thought, Steve. My blog is my outlet for ‘shipping’ my unformed, partly formed, loosely formed or experimental ideas. It’s the one place I feel I can write without the pressure to say something of note, or to say it in a particular way. I use my blog as a tool of inquiry; even though words and ideas get published, the publication platform is secondary to the process of writing freely.
    Deb

    1. It is so great to see that two of the people who I would consider tremendous at ‘shipping’ or writing freely comment on this post. I would consider your blog and Aaron’s to be exceptional examples of thinking in public. For many though, this creative courage is lacking. I for a long time was the same. Sitting on a post constantly reworking it but there is so much more to gain when the ideas are set free. Often it isn’t the clicking of the publish button that does that but the sitting and writing freely. Thanks for commenting Deb.

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