It’s funny, I still call myself a blogger, despite not running my own blog for a couple of years now. Sure, I write over at The Sparkline once a month or so, but that’s just not the same as writing a personal blog.
Blogging changed my life in more incredible ways than anything else I’ve ever done. That might sound like hyperbole, but it’s not. Because of blogging, I now run a business I love with an incredible team and I get to work from anywhere in the world where there’s an internet connection. I have no bosses, investors, board of directors or anyone else to answer to, other than my teammates and our customers.
My wife and I spend our winters in Mexico, summers in Europe or wherever we decide, and the rest of the time at our home base in San Francisco. We have new friends around the world, who I met through blogging.
If blogging was so good to me, why did I ever give it up? At some point, life got in the way, and business took over. I forgot that I once blogged for more than just leads and customers and influence.
I used to blog because I loved it, and because blogging is my favorite way to express myself and start conversations. It’s where I started asking myself big questions out loud, about what I wanted from life and my career. Questions I was for some reason more comfortable talking with strangers about than with people I really knew in person. Blogging is funny that way, when you do it for the right reasons.
So it’s time to get back to it. This is hopefully the first post in a long healthy string of posts for years to come.
What to expect around here
I can’t tell you exactly what to expect right now, because I purposefully don’t want to put any constraints on this new blog right now. I want to write for myself first and let it go where it needs to.
I can tell you what’s on my mind right now, and this is probably a good indication of what I’ll be writing about soon:
- I’m moving from San Francisco next month, the city I’ve loved for the past 10 years, but also the city that seems to care less and less about people, and more and more about money and growth. It’s a bittersweet move and we’re very conflicted about it.
- I’m getting older and wondering how 40+ year old people stay relevant online.
- My wife is moving her career as an artist from a pretty good art city, to an unproven one, and we have no idea what that means yet.
- I’m trying to figure out phase two of the little business I run called Fizzle, now that we’re 2 years old and have hit a growth plateau.
- I’m wondering whether I have the right motivation for starting this blog, and whether I can keep it up for the long term. I’d love to be blogging 20 years from now, so I can look back and remember what happened over those decades.
- I’m also into all the usual stuff: location independence, digital nomading, tech, programming, startups, staying healthy as an entrepreneur, marketing, good books, warm hugs, tasty wine and dark chocolate.
OK, that felt good already. Thanks for being here. You’re a good listener :)
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