I get a lot of the same questions over and over from people, and for many of them I have dedicated episodes of the podcast in response to those questions.
Of course, the podcast is more long-form with episodes averaging an hour in length. It’s great for going in-depth on a topic, but not ideal for quick answers.
One of my goals with seanwes tv is to build up an archive of videos that directly answer specific questions I get frequently. This way, I can link directly to them to help answer someone’s question in short and straightforward manner.
I have a lot of my podcast episodes memorized by number along with numerous keyboard shortcuts to quickly insert links, so I’m often able to respond to a question with a specific podcast episode along with 3 or 4 related ones within couple seconds.
Recently I was doing this in the Community chat room and someone said, “Can I ask, do you have an auto response for every question like this?” I thought I’d be ironic and make a video response. The answer is yes—at least, that’s my goal!
Obviously, it saves me time to build an archive of what are essentially FAQs, but more than that it’s about multiplying my keystrokes.
Multiply Your Keystrokes
Scott Hansleman talks about how we each have a limited number of keystrokes left before we die. It’s a bit morbid, but it really puts things into perspective.
His point is that you can email someone and in doing so you reach one person. However, if you blog about it and email a link to that blog post, more people are able to read it and benefit from it.
In essence, you’ve multiplied the effect of your keystrokes.
Scott invites us to think of our keystrokes as a gift. Think about how you want to spend those precious, limited, keystrokes.
How can you apply your keystrokes towards something that a maximum number of people can benefit from?
A book is a prime example. Books are mass-produced and while the author spends a great deal of time making this book once, it can be enjoyed and benefited from thousands, if not millions, of times.
Previously, you had to rely on the physical medium of books for this, but now you can simply blog and anyone in the world can access it.
Similarly, you can also create a video like I’m doing right now.
In either case, it all starts with writing.
Before we started recording this video, I used some of my limited number of keystroked to prepare what I wanted to say on this video.
To illustrate a point, I actually did a podcast on this topic at the very beginning of this year called It All Starts With Writing It’s a great show and a big favorite for many of the listeners. I highly encourage you check it out.
As great as that podcast episode was, again, it’s an hour long. I still want to make a video on that topic because making a shorter, more condensed, version of that message in video form allows it to be spread further, it’s a worthy investment of my keystrokes.
How Many Keystrokes Do You Have Left?
I hope this gets you thinking about the value of what you write. It’s easy to forget, especially when you’re staring at an overloaded email inbox with a never-ending stream of emails. But it’s good to remember that we do have a limited amount of time here, we do have a limited number of keystrokes, and I think it’s a good idea to do what we can to share our insights and have the greatest impact possible.
I found a fun website called keysleft.com where you can go and enter your age and typing speed to get an estimation of how many keystrokes you likely have left in your life. It really puts things into perspective.