• Riker Lynch

Testing A Blog

During this "quarantine" I have been doing a lot of reading. Most notably, Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris. "The Tactics, Routines, and Habits, of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers." This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone. It's a book with tons of insightful information about all the amazing people Tim Ferris has interviewed on his podcast The Tim Ferris Show.

Almost everyday this past week, I have opened the book to a random profile and began to read. Yesterday was the profile of Scott Adams. Scott is a writer and the part that stuck with me was:

“When I first started blogging, my future wife often asked about what my goal was. The blogging seemed to double my workload while promising a 5% higher income that didn’t make any real difference in my life. It seemed a silly use of time. I tried explaining that blogging was a system, not a goal. But I never did a good job of it. I’ll try again here.

“Writing is a skill that requires practice. So the first part of my system involves practicing on a regular basis. I didn’t know what I was practicing for, exactly, and that’s what makes it a system and not a goal. I was moving from a place with low odds (being an out-of-practice writer) to a place of good odds (a well-practiced writer with higher visibility).”

I like this idea of more practice. Two years ago I reached a point in my acting career where I got tired of auditioning and hoping someone would give me a role in a film or a TV show. I still do audition but I decided to be more proactive in my pursuit of working more as an actor. I thought if I'm not working as much as I would like, I'll just write, direct, and act in my own films. Thus began the journey of screenwriting.

My first attempt was the short film Lyft Me Up which I released on my YouTube channel.

That was sort of a test run to see if I could actually write and direct something in the first place and for my first try, it was an amazing experience. Since then, I have written a full length screenplay and another short film. The short is ready to shoot as soon as the "quarantine" is officially over or at least safe to be around enough people to make it happen.

So after reading Scott's profile, I thought 'why the hell not' I'll start a blog and add more writing practice to my day. So here it is! My first blog post. I'm not sure yet how often this will happen or even what this will be about but it's not so much the destination as it is the journey, and boy am I a believer in that.

This photo was the place holder when I opened up the blog setting on the website and I thought it was cool so I left it ;)

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