The Year Started Fast and Furious
This is my story of almost a month of a ton of work and no posts.
The year is almost 1/12th over, and so much has happened.
A Good Silence
I intended to write more about ChatGPT, but a few things happened.
🎄Christmas break: I hope you all enjoyed your break not ignoring the posts that I didn't send to your email inbox.
🧪Causation Isn't Correlation: Fundamentally, ChatGPT is a correlation engine. It gathers what the internet generally has to say about something. It is a more complex Google search.
Smart Brevity: I read Smart Brevity (thanks for the recommendation, Sean). Let's be honest. The great sorrow of a legit writer who finds himself online is that the vast majority of his audience will only read one hundred of his words. So, you have options:
You can ✒️ write for that like I'm doing here. (Is it working?)
Or, you can damn the canons 🏴☠️ and write prose for a smaller audience. (I still do that in other places.)
ChatGPT will excel at Smart Brevity-style posts. And this isn't necessarily bad if you value a broad reading audience. In fact, companies like Axios HQ and Notion are incorporating ChatGPT in their software.
I passed the four hundred coaching hours mark. For those of you I've coached, it's been a privilege.
I'm only more excited about doing this coaching thing.
We launched Grimké Bible College.
Because I work with a great team, the launch has been superb.
Looking for a thirty-six-hour Bible College degree that is all online and one you can start on any given Monday . . . with me as your academic dean? Get in touch.
I wrote my first online digital product—a 100-Day Planning Guide for the first 100 days of 2023. It's freemium, so if you're interested, grab a copy.
Power lies in presence rather than method. —Edwin Friedman
Seriously, I’m super uncomfortable with this format. Everything every essayist I’ve ever read taught me runs counter to everything I did in this newsletter.
But . . . you may have read this far. That, my friend, is a win and may justify more newsletters written this way. If you read these last sentences, would you let me know in the comments or by email, text, or direct message? A writer without an audience is just journaling. I don’t mind journaling, but if I’m going to write, I’d rather it be helpful to someone.
I did read until the end, Joe! And you know I have thoughts on AI, ChatGPT, SmartBrevity, and how we communicate in general! We should grab coffee on a Friday soon!
As one who has directly benefitted from your coaching, I feel I may be speaking for all your other clients when I say it is we who are honored! Your thoughtful guidance is an essential driver of my personal and professional growth.