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175 Posts In and Still Learning to Write

The Forrest Four-Cast: March 23, 2017

At approximately 175 posts deep on a project that began last August, I’m very slowly getting better at writing. As with most things in life, the more times one does it . . the more confident one becomes at the task at hand. And the more confident one becomes, the less daunting it becomes to try to create something relatively readable. As I wrote in a previous column about this process, some days are easier than others for creating content.

Writing about SXSW during (and leading up to) the event was a lot of fun because I generated much more traction than ever before. Posts that got the most attention were ones that mentioned particularly intriguing speakers — because those speakers then pushed those columns to their networks. A column I composed highlighting NBC News anchor Katy Tur received more views than anything else I have written since last summer. Cool!

But I’ve always wanted this writing project to cover more than just the somewhat low-hanging fruit of my involvement with SXSW. Now that the dust is beginning to settle from the 2017 event, I want to return to focusing on various other topics. In the coming weeks, look for more posts covering tech trends, books, pop culture and (of course) politics. As various SXSW news happens, I will also continue to cover it in this space.

Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith or meditating, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.

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Celebrating creativity at SXSW. Also, reading reading reading, the Boston Red Sox, good food, exercise when possible and sleep sleep sleep.

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