Kill Your Darlings

Deliberate Discourse is coming to an end.

This is the last newsletter of Deliberate Discourse.

It was a fun, beautiful experiment that gained a wide readership but it’s time to close the door for other opportunities to open.

I’ve been blogging in some form or another since August 2017. In the beginning, I would publish four to five times a week. For the past year, I more or less posted once a week. I wanted to show up and prove that my writing was worth reading. Over the past two years, I made good money, met a bunch of new people, and became a better writer.

In the last few months, however, I’ve became less enthusiastic about writing. It’s started to feel more like a chore than a privilege.

Since 2017, more people are getting onboard this online writing thing (which is good), but everyone’s starting to regurgitate the same thing (which is bad). Charlatans have moved into the content creation business, and it’s hard to feel good contributing to the space.

The digital economy has removed the traditional barriers in the publishing industry but just because new platforms exist doesn’t mean we all need to use them and leverage ourselves to death.

I don’t want to be some self-help guru. I have no plans to make dispensing unsolicited life advice my full-time gig. I’m a lawyer who dabbles in writing. I’m not a writer who dabbles in law.

Leaving money on the table is okay. Keeping thoughts to yourself is okay. Refusing to participate in virtue signalling is okay. And, most important of all, ruthlessly eliminating things that no longer serve you is okay.

Greg McKeown said it best when he explained:

“Essentialists see trade-offs as an inherent part of life, not as an inherently negative part of life. Instead of asking, “What do I have to give up?” they ask, “What do I want to go big on?”

Right now that’s not Deliberate Discourse. It’s time to go big on family, career, community, and boredom. I’m finally taking my own medicine and disassembling my constant state of busyness. It’s time to make room for less.

This doesn’t mean I’ll never write again. I’m still on Medium, where I intend to post every so often — probably once or twice a month. And for daily musings, you can always follow me on Twitter.

Now with all that said, it’s time that the curtains close.

Thank you for your support. It’s been a privilege to share ideas with you.

Best,

Jennifer

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