My New Column on Quantified Self at The Daily Beast

Yesterday, on Twitter, I promised some exciting writing news:

This morning, I am delighted to tell you that I have a new column at The Daily Beast which debuted early this morning. My column, currently biweekly centers around “quantified self.” For those not familiar with the term, think: FitBits, JawBones, food trackers, calorie counters, and all of the other ways that we track things about ourselves to learn and improve.

My first column, “How I Wrote 400K Words in a Year” focuses on how I’ve used data to improve as a writer, and offers tips for others who might want to do the same.

It was pretty cool waking up this morning to find my article featured on the Daily Beast‘s home page:

Daily Beast Home

This column marks another step in my writing career, an outlet for writing a column on how we can use data to improve, in front of what has to be the largest audience I’ve had thus far. I am grateful to Tessa Miller, my editor at The Daily Beast (and who I’d previously worked with over at LifeHacker) for giving me this opportunity, and providing helpful tips on my first article.

So, if you have some time today, head on over to The Daily Beast and check out my column. And by all means, let me know what you think.



  1. Would you be willing to share the google docs script you have been using to capture your daily word totals? I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to use such a script to begin doing exactly what you described in your Daily Beast article.


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