Doing the work that’s in front of you

In a newsletter writers’ group yesterday we were discussing tracking pixels, which some people have an issue with regarding privacy, vs the open and click rate you get from the same pixels, allowing writers to know how many people are opening each email and clicking through to something. At the same time I was going through my RSS reader which reminded me of the early days of blogging, when we barely had any stats or we did and “no-one” was reading, yet we still wrote for ourselves. Same kind of thinking in this by Austin Kleon which I read this morning… in his newsletter.

“Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment,” he said. “It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.”

It is my 37th birthday today, and what I really crave, more than anything, is a continuity to my days. Not an accumulation, the sense that they’re adding up to anything, not necessarily, just a continuity. The sense that one day leads into another leads into another leads into another on and on and on. That they make some kind of chain.