Beginnings are always hard. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it is writing a book, going to the gym or, as in this case, starting a blog. Half of the things on my “honey do” list have been there for a long while, not because they are hard, but because I just can’t bring myself to start them. So why is that?
And why the heck am I writing a blog anyway? I’m going to be asked that by J (my long suffering wife) anyway, so I might as well get it out here.
I think the simplest answer to that is to say that I have been writing some sort of journal, filled with everything from questions or observances on life to my latest crazy business idea, for years. I have little books filled with this stuff but, until now, it has been kept mostly private.
So, why put it out there for people to see and why not use another medium such as Facebook or Twitter?
Let’s start with the last question first – I see Facebook as a great way to share a quick status update on what people are doing, but I wouldn’t like to inflict anything meatier on people without them signing up for it. And I can’t really see posts of 140 characters or less being any different.
But why put things out there now? In a word – feedback! I’ve been happily working in a vacuum but, if I am honest, ideas really need to be shared to mature and keeping them locked up in my Moleskin notebooks isn’t letting that happen.
I also find that sharing ideas and receiving feedback actually generates new, and sometimes better, ideas than the first one (although I know you will find it hard to believe that my initial ideas were not perfect).
So there it is. Going forward I plan to make at least one blog entry per week and I hope that there will be at least a couple of people on the other side that will offer some sort of feedback. Don’t let me see this T-shirt and wonder if it is true!