T3

T3 — Minimum Viable Publishing

Writing T3 posts seems like a strange habit. It is the exact opposite of what famous successful bloggers do. They carefully hide their drafts in Wordpress until they are certain publication won't cause them embarrassment.

That's the old way of doing things, and it's deader than newspapers. The decentralized postmodern Internet is all about iterational velocity.

Every time I publish a T3, it hurts a little bit to expose something so imperfect. But I do so every chance I get. Why? Because a hit outweighs 100 misses, and knowing misses from hits sooner is invaluable. Audience feedback is the only way to know the difference.

For example, the best Cyborganize documentation I ever wrote was just a low-priority T3 post that I indifferently hacked together in '3dashboard.org out of the barely-sufficient motivation of adherence to the habit of making a T3 post out of anything that bothered me enough to mentally monologue about.

I thought I was merely satisfying my ego's irritation at being thought a fool for habitually writing the occasional unreservedly wrong T3 post. I stopped repeatedly out of self-disdain. I doubted whether I was merely wasting many words on elaborate ego protection.

The result was my Equivocation page, the first lesson a Cyborganize student reads.

I didn't realize I was writing essential documentation at all. I was focused on the difficult task of justifying a strange style, and barely thinking about documentation at all.

That underlines the value of T3. One never knows which of one's thoughts will prove useful. So low-cost high-speed publishing is a huge iterative advantage.

The same is true of my social media posts. In hindsight I can recognize why one went viral, but I never write a viral one when trying to do so. It must be both genuinely organic and compatible with the majority mind.

I can't make myself more compatible with the majority, but I can make the majority more compatible with me. The best way to do so is by publishing lots of genuinely organic thoughts.