Seth Godin's smallest viable audience seems like an interesting idea to adopt.

Most often, we want our work to reach a wider audience. So we tend to cover all our bases when creating stuff.

When we define the smallest viable audience for our work, we can become better at producing something useful and something the audience can connect to. Being very specific allows us to create with the knowledge that there is someone that our work is tailored to. Think of it as creating bespoke content.

Applied to writing, we can choose who we want to write for. It could be someone you know or don't know. It could even be a note to your selves (future, present, or past).

So who is your smallest viable audience?

Addendum: I always had an audience taxonomy available on this site for a few years. Though I haven't explicitly made it visible to readers, it has always been there. You can see an example here: bibliophiles for.

This question was inspired by The Art of Noticings by Rob Walker.

There is a difference between commuting through life vs cruising through it.

COMMUTING, active verb, is to travel along with the assumption that every godforsaken human being currently on this planet is in my way. - Timothy “Speed” Levitch

When you are approaching life as a commute, you are in a state on constant rush. Everyone you encounter is a hindrance on the way. Your life goal then becomes a sole of getting to the end of the journey.

CRUISING, also a verb, active verb, is the immediate appreciation of the beauty immediately around you in your immediacy. - Timothy “Speed” Levitch

On the other hand, when you look at it as a cruise, you have the time to notice things as you journey. And that can bring you joy.

So once again, are we living our lives as a commute or as a cruise?