Nobody has actually asked me a question, so these are not really Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Who can join?
2. How does it work?
You post a comment in the comment box once a week, following the very basic, easy-to-follow instructions.
3. What are the rules?
Follow the instructions or a reasonable approximation of them and don't be an asshole.
4. Do I have to post every week?
5. What is the role of the moderator.
I am the moderator and I post simple instructions every week. I might offer brief encouraging comments. I also post on my own progress.
6. Can I comment on someone else's comment?
Yes. The point is encouragement, so anything that is encouraging and non-judgmental is fine.
7. Can I contact you backchannel to ask your more questions?
Yes. jmayhew arroba ku.edu.
9. What is an arroba?
It is the Spanish word for the graphic sign @.
10. What are the benefits of the group?
If you set weekly goals and evaluate what you get done each week (and why you don't always meet those goals), you will improve your work habits and productivity.
11. Why couldn't I just do that on my own?
You could. The group creates a motivational incentive and an encouraging environment that some people might find useful.
12. Why be so "non-judgmental"? Why is that important?
My idea is that judgment just gets in the way. Feeling really bad about how little you get done doesn't really help, in my experience. It is a form of egotistical thinking. You can view the problems of writing instead as a set of pragmatic issues. What's helping you, what's holding you back? What is under your control? What is out of your control?
13. What do you know about any of this?
Not much. But I have had some success writing academically and also have had non-productive periods. I've made every mistake at one time or another, from procrastination to emotional self-sabotage. Some people seem to find my blog Stupid Motivational Tricks useful, so who am I to argue with them?