Over the years, aside from business blogs and a couple of e-commerce sites, I've had two blogs that I've contributed to semi-consistently.
The first was a site called Personal Development Hacks. It was ugly as sin! I started it at a time when I began to read a lot more. Not reading to pass an exam, not reading to please a boss; but reading to pursue worldly wisdom. I didn't call it that then, and the subset of books read was narrow.
Through that blog, I wrote my first ever guide for sale - on goal setting - which a couple of people even paid real money for - boom! Ha!
A year or so later, completely unrelated to the foolish online guide attempt, I ventured into entrepreneurship. I set up my own small management consultancy practice (finance, business development, marketing). To add some context, I was formerly a Chartered Accountant (yikes!), and feeling somewhat more entrepreneurial than my surroundings allowed, I wanted to learn and do more, fast.
With this challenge came an explosion in learning, necessary through the work I was doing, and encouraged by newly made friends with different life experiences to me.
This explosion in reading lead to this blog - Stay With The Problems. I’ve written articles on mental models, decision making in business, the psychological biases we have and more.
This second blog was more in tune expressively with who I am than the first, but still not really. When I started it, I wrote very formally. I wrote with a business audience in mind. I thought I had to impress readers for whatever reason.
With that said, I constrained myself creatively regarding writing style and just as importantly, category. I'd looked at various other blogs on the internet and tried to mimic them in some way, shape or form. Blogs like Farnam Street and Brain Pickings. Blogs that are world class at what they do.
And I can feel that when I read my stuff. And their stuff is not my stuff. And their thoughts are not my thoughts. And if I continue to write online, I must be as authentic as possible.
Which is why I am changing my blog into a somewhat more personal one.
On it, I will still be writing about psychology in decision-making, mental models and business. But I'll also be writing up book notes, writing silly poems (which may still be informative!), writing short stories, writing about little ideas I've had, writing about how different philosophies have impacted me personally, and much more.
That makes it hard to categorize, but so what. I've had a think about the purpose of writing a blog. For me, it's to help distil and crystallize lessons learned. It's also a place to practice creativity and expression in different forms. Finally, if it can help readers in some small way, then awesome. If other people contribute and share what they know, then even better.
With that said, Stay With The Problems will be a complete mish-mash of the above. Here is the newly created about text, in the form of a silly (but fun) poem:
A little bit creative,
A little bit wise.
A tid-bit of knowledge,
on which to surmise.
A little bit poem,
A little bit story.
A good deal of silliness,
in all its glory.
A little bit business,
A little bit funny.
A mish-mash of wonder,
to fill out tummies.
So there you have it, I hope you enjoy any future postings.