The pressure of working in public causes one to be more thorough in their thinking, even if no one will read it. The presumed publics that might see it will cause you to write more clearly and remove any inconsistencies, errors, and even typos.

This is a good description about how working in public can be beneficial to oneself, even if no one else is looking.

It also indicates why fleeting notes << literature notes << evergreen notes.

also #examples of one writing to prove to themself that they understand a concept a la Feynman Technique.


What does this have to do with learning?

We have always made notes while studying. In the past only for ourselves. Today it is becoming more and more common to share these notes with others, which becomes easy when you take the notes digitally. If many share their thoughts, then I get a lot of suggestions. My development goes faster, see also this blog post about it .

If I want to work on a new topic, I write a blog post about it.” I’ve heard it from quite a few. This public writing forces me to confidently verify what I have said. After all, I don’t want to embarrass myself. That means I need three times as much time for the blog post as if I just wrote it down for myself. This extra time spent working on the topic is learning time. And when I publish the post, I give others the chance to benefit from it as well - and the chance to receive feedback that will help me advance on the topic.

My contributions can be text contributions, videos, podcasts or slides. I can link to sources. And I can find it again in my domain - even after years. And when I’ve shared it, others can search for it and use it too. 1


links: working in public

connected ideas:


  1. “Domain of One’s Own” für alle Learning Professionals | syndication link (Rough translation via Google Translate)↩︎


April 11, 2021