By Steven Pressfield | Published: January 11, 2010
Have you read about the Slow-Word Movement?
I was thinking about it long before I knew there was a name defining it, much less a movement behind it.
Formulating ideas, researching, writing, posting to the blog, Twitter and Facebook, and replying to comments left on the blog, Twitter and Facebook, takes time—as does the day-to-day stuff we all face, such as cleaning, maintaining our homes, and nurturing our relationships with our friends, family, and colleagues—oh, and there’s work, too. . . . This all takes time, and in an effort to keep on top of the blogging, posting, and updating, the other stuff falls to the side.
“The slow food movement began in Piedmont, Italy, as an attempt to preserve local traditions, not least of which was the local wine (one early slogan was “Barolo is democratic, or at least can be so”). A bad meal at a workers’ social club—the pasta was cold, the salad was dirty, writes Geoff Andrews in The Slow Food Story—enraged the budding eco-gastronomes and led, initially, to internecine conflict with more orthodox Italian Communists, who were unsympathetic to seeing the workers’ struggle as one for al dente pasta and the bourgeois pleasures of the table. But the sense that the emerging virus of fast life was eroding a qualitatively superior way of living and eating had an unstoppable momentum, and the hyperlocalism of eating less and eating better became its own, far more beneficent political movement.”
The Slow-Word Movement isn’t political, but it is about going slower and better. Do you want to read and produce fattening, or healthy words?
Butterworth talked journalism in his article, but it really applies to everything we do. Rather than doing everything, let’s pick a few things and do them all really well.
What does this mean for the blog moving forward?
In the coming weeks you’ll see the blog and my personal site revised and integrated. It will include more features, such as a Q&A titled “The Creative Process.” The first Q&A features Seth Godin, and will run January 26th. Future Q&As will run the first of each month. That’s once a month, not once a week. Slow, but goood.
The longer-format pieces will come slower as well—not twice a week such as the “Tribes” pieces have been running. And, rather than just discussing what is or isn’t happen in Afghanistan, we’ll do more pieces that we hope will help the men and women on the ground. The reality is, as politicians and others debate what should or shouldn’t be done, our men and women are still on the ground, sacrificing their lives. We’ll speak with a wide variety of individuals, offering lessons learned, which we hope will help our troops.
I’ve enjoyed all the outreach via Twitter and Facebook, as well as the “three questions” I’ve done with a few readers. These have offered me an opportunity to connect with readers one-on-one, in ways I’ve never been able to in the past. Has been great, but it is difficult to touch base with everyone. Moving forward, I’ll still post to Twitter and Facebook, but I hope you’ll understand if my outreach is just a little at a time. In return, I’ll do my best to continue with the slow-word movement and provide you content you’ll enjoy reading, just a tad slower.
And relationships? I’ve had an opportunity to meet so many amazing people through blogging and social networking. One of which is Seth Godin. He and I are doing an event together at the Columbus Circle Borders in NYC, February 8th. For those of you in NYC, it would be great to meet you there, and say thank you in person-rather than posting one tweet or Facebook update directed at a group of people.