Posted on : 22-10-2012 | By : Chikodi | In : philosophizing
Blogging is something I love. There are many forms of writing I have done, but none suit me quite like this. As I have traveled, travailed and lived many lives, the blogging medium has always allowed me to collect my thoughts, digest the day’s events, and think to the future I am creating.
I’m an expository writer. One of my classmates called me the ‘Class Philosopher’ during our high school graduation ceremony, and it’s a very fitting title. I write from the heart, and it’s something I can do for hours. Lately, though, I haven’t done much writing for myself, with the exception of a few letters and emails sent to family and close friends. Time to get back into the habit.
Life is all about choices. To do something, and do it well, means not doing other things. I’ve recently come to the realization that my mind is only capable of carrying so many thoughts at any given time. Shouldn’t be news, but it was a new way of understanding the world. More specifically, when people ask me, “Have you done X, or considered Y,” my honest answer has frequently been, “No, I haven’t even thought of that.” This means the thought has not entered my brain, not only have I not thought it through, or made up my mind.
Blogging is something I’ve thought about a lot, and haven’t brought myself to do. One friend even told me that my day-to-day events were interesting enough for a blog. Whether or not this friend was right, it’s important for me to get back into the discipline, as a way to continue on the creative path. There are several books in me, possibly dozens. Today I was at a coffee shop thinking about how I could write a better book on sales techniques for my generation than the one I was reading. I’ve had this thought often. The only way to make that happen is to do it.
I also have to recognize the important of those things that have kept me from regular blogging, as well as some of the frivolous activities I need to avoid.
Over the past 18 months I was working on an education startup with my friend and business partner. I was also working a variety of full-time jobs to pay bills, and advance my career. I’m currently engaged in several more projects, and I have plans to embark on several more.
- Growth Hacker at ChannelMeter
- PR for Chadwick
- VP of BizDev at Cleantech Law Partners
- Freelance writing
- Learning sales techniques
- Living life
Frivolities getting in the way of regular blogging:
- Tumblr (Dog Shaming specifically)
- Words With Friends
- My typical news diet
- Getting into mediation
Man does not live by blogging alone. We all need to have out distractions and diversions in order to be complete human beings. Through the struggles I’ve endured as an unhappy copywriter at Stanford Hospital, a twice-rejected tech journalist, and aspiring entrepreneur, I’ve come to realize there is so much I have planned for my life. The only way I will do it is to set goals, keep lists, and be ruthlessly efficient with my time. Balls-to-the-wall in everything I do. Blogging is a way to keep myself accountable.
It’s rare for me to go back and read the things I write. The act itself helps me store what is important, and flush out those things that aren’t. So here are some of my professional and creative goals for the weeks and months ahead. Through these words, let there be life.
- Blog every day (Even when it’s only a few words)
- Develop a written subject matter expertise
- Create an editorial calendar for myself, and plan featured posts
- Explore video blogging
- Publish my first eBook
- Publish another eBook
- Connect with other writers
- Go gladly down the road
My next post will be about personal goals I have, both in the short-term and in the intermediate-term. From here on I can explore how to get there. Isn’t that what we all do?