A Letter to You about Consistent Content

from Nick Suss

Jan. 4, 2016, midnight

Dear StoriesHouse readers,

Execute is a dreadful sports cliché. I hate when coaches say it, I hate when players say it and I hate when I have to use it in articles because no one said anything of substance.

People use the word “execution” as a catch-all, a word that makes up for adding any layers of quality or thought to their statements. Saying that you failed to execute is akin to saying “The breaks just didn’t go our way” or “The better team won today.” It’s just empty rhetoric.

But it’s got me thinking.

Execution is something I’ve been pretty bad at in my life, especially on this site. I’ll think of what I think is a really good idea and then I’ll do two or three of them and then stop because I get too busy. StoriesHouse examples of this include: #ASARAR, Nick Ruins College Movies, The Sitcomologist, every and all podcasts on the site, Tuesday Morning Rants, anything fictional I’ve written and more. I think any of these could’ve been more recurring and by golly I want them to.

So I’m going to execute. Don’t consider this a New Year’s Resolution. Those mean nothing. Consider this a post-college attempt to get back to writing for the sake of writing. The following will be what I propose to be a consistent upload schedule for posts. And I’m going to try my hardest to keep to this schedule for about a month or two and then after that period we’ll adjust and see what works and what doesn’t.

Mondays: I’m going to go back to writing ASARAR. For those of you who don’t remember, ASARAR stands for A Story, A Reference and A Rant. But these are going to be more like the last one I wrote, the one all about Pixar than like the first two which were unconnected and random. Hopefully giving them a theme will make them feel less forced and make them come out a little smoother.

Tuesdays It’s been a while since I’ve written about sports on here, so I’m going to bring back the Tuesday Morning Rant. This is pretty simple. Every Tuesday morning, something will go live about sports in the form of a quick rant. I’ve been writing or audibly performing these since I was a freshman in high school, so hopefully these can come out pretty easy.

Wednesdays: One of my favorite things I used to do on this site before it got bigger and more professional looking was carve out a block of time and just type whatever popped into my head with no prep whatsoever. They were called “XX Minutes of Downtime” and I always enjoyed writing them. So I’m going to try to bring those back with short periods of time. I don’t want to make you read more than 15 minutes of my stream of consciousness if I don’t have to.

Thursdays: Thursdays is where I’ll deposit all of my fiction, comedy and recurring template ideas. A lot of the ones mentioned earlier will be in here, as well as some new ideas I have. The first one will be returning to the world of Andy Social, one of my favorite works of fiction I’ve written here.

Fridays: Fridays are going to be something wholly new. If I have a big story to tell – in the vein of a Sober Downtown Adventures or a Try Everything Once – it’ll be a Friday story. But in weeks that I don’t have one of those, I’m going to try to post something reported, something we haven’t normally done on here. The topics probably won’t be that heady, but I want this site to have a little more of a conversational tilt, and I figure the best way to do that is to bring the conversation to actual people. And for what it’s worth, the bigger stories will also have a little bit of reporting in them because they always do. It’s just who am I. I just want it to come through more on this site.

Anyway, that’s my spiel for January. I know this is ambitious, but I’ll do my best to execute if you do your best to read and share this site with your friends. There'll be an ASARAR today to get things started. And, as always, if you’d like to write for StoriesHouse, let me know. Because this isn’t my blog. This is our blog. Let’s remember that.

Thanks for reading,

Nick Suss I Don't Have a Title But If I Did It Would Go Here


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