Why did I start a blog? As someone coming out of high tech, there’s an element of feeling that if I don’t exist in cyberspace, I don’t exist. As someone who believes we have an economy and social system with some growing problems, I’m choosing Voice over Exit. In my journey to figure out what’s wrong and how do we fix it, this blog helps me in three key ways:
1) clarifying my own thinking I can write all the rants I want in my journal, but posting it where someone might actually read it requires I work to construct balanced arguments and think through potential criticisms.
2) building relationships I’m seeking fellow travelers. Having a blog accelerates that process – if you have no interest in what I’m talking about or think I’m fringe, then let’s not waste our time. If you have a suggestion for me on something else I should read or someone I should talk to: email me! Do you have a response – email me! If something I’ve written seems inaccurate or inappropriate, email me! I’m betting you have my address because that’s the only way I advertise this blog – in my email signature, so people can quickly figure out who I am, what I’m about and whether or not we should come together. I have comments turned off because the only comments I ever got were from spammers saying “nice post! Check out my site at http://www.BuyMyThing.com” or some such and I got tired of deleting them.
3) Marking progress & holding integrity I’m working and thinking hard but sometimes it can feel like I’m not getting anywhere. The blog is a way of keeping me on track – each post codifies an understanding I’ve come to. Making publicly-findable (if you’re looking) statements about what I really believe it keeps me from muting what I really think so someone with money or connections will accept me. It helps me stay authentic. Though I’m ashamed to admit I don’t write as much about my social justice thinkings as I would like because it does feel too fringe for the capital market focus I’ve taken. Perhaps I’ll work on that.
Bottom Line: this blog about my own thinking. As you might hope or expect, I allow my thinking to be influenced by the thinking, public speaking & writing of others. If it leads me to new (at least to me) insight, I will write about the insight, and where it came from. I try to balance appropriate attribution to others with respect for confidentiality. It is not my goal to be a reporter or columnist: I make no effort to publish on a regular schedule, I don’t publish everything I write, and I don’t advertise for readership. I’m not interested in gossip or name-dropping, I do not make any money off this blog (-yet, I’m thinking as a good business person I should add an Amazon affiliate page with my own book recommendations, but that would assume I get enough readers to bother) and I choose all the content myself.