The Little Red Pencil Sharpener
Does Blogging Matter?
I think Seth Godin would say "YES"
What is your why, who are you doing it for, are you trying to solve a problem, or are you blogging to journal, process, explore new subjects or areas in your life? Are you trying to add value to the world? Are you being experimentally vulnerable? If you're experimenting in Vulnerability, make sure to turn off the comments because someone, from WAY outside your world, is likely to come in and slap you around and if you're sensitive to that sort of thing, leaving comments open is probably not a good idea.
People blog to connect with themselves or with the outside world. Define what your space, at this time, and subject to change without notice, is - Inside, outside, inside-out, or outside-in?
How to figure out what kind of blog to have.
Who do you regularly follow, and Why? If certain people come immediately to your mind, there's a resonance. Whatever you do, Do Not Be Them; Be You. Even if the subject is the same, your voice is your own, and there's already one of them, and there's one of you. Now if you go read Seth's blog, you might hear some of his voice here - I listen to him regularly, so there's definitely an influence, which with time, will diminish as I find my own. That's ok. And if you emulate someone, fine, but do it with the intent to find your Own voice.
Do blogs matter? I think so. Whether a recipe, colic remedy, makeup, horseback riding, or gratitude blog, they've all made a difference to some one somewhere.
More than a guest room
I had a close friend for years that embodied the trait of “hospitality” - not just for house guests but in all areas of his life. This person was a millionaire - could’ve hired people for all the things, yet he chose to make sure everything was taken care of by him, for himself and those in his life.
I’ve come to understand that hospitality is so much more than setting up a guest room. Hospitality is a lack of what flow neuroscientists call “friction”. For example, you go to the coffee shop fully motivated to work on a project. Your phone or laptop needs charging (friction 1), the cords are tangled in the bottom of your bag (friction 2), the plug is too far away (friction 3). By the time you’ve gotten all your gear in order you’ve lost your mo and feel a little depleted at best.
Hospitality is more than just organization, however, it’s setting up as much as possible to enable you, your loved ones, workmates, boss, friends, to have a positive experience, be productive, feel loved. It’s trying to anticipate bumps, mitigate for them, and gracefully acknowledge and move through them when they do come up. What little bit of hospitality can you put in place for yourself today?
People Like Us…
The power of identity
In grade school, we have a classroom and a teacher and classmates and friends. How we become who we become for most of us is based on “People Like Us…”. Are we jump ropers, tether ballers, dodge ballers, bookworms?
Who did you become based on “People Like Us…”?