I have started blogs on a number of platforms be it Tumblr, Blogger or Wordpress, but found it very hard to regularly post. The thoughts would range from "who cares what I think" to "I have nothing to share" and just not making time to do it. After turning 40 last year, I am not sure if it's what people refer to as a mid-life crisis, but I have been questioning what I have done with my life and why am I here. Now I am starting to set some goals and trying to make some progress towards them, so that they may actually happen.
One goal is to get fit, so I have set a target and a realistic plan to actually lose weight, lower my blood pressure and increase my fitness in the hope that I can keep up with the kids.
With that one goal tracking well, it is time to move onto the next one and that is building a presence online. Scott Hanselman (he works for Microsoft, but his views are his own) has a blog post talking about everyone's blog being part of the community and how everyone should take ownership of their views and thoughts. Using Facebook and Twitter may be fun, but those companies own your content and you do not have control of it, so here is my corner of the internet where I can post as little or as much as I like and it will be available as long as I wish to make it available.
Then you hear all the stories about trolls putting up nasty comments and surely everyone I know will want to pokes holes in anything I put up. That is where Brené Brown's TED talk on vulnerability comes in. In particular where she takes a quote from Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizenship In A Republic" speech delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910. Every time I hear it, I get goose bumps, so I am taking that as a sign to step into the arena and start blogging.
But, I am not quite ready to start blogging. Am I using the right website host, maybe I need a snappier domain name, perhaps tweak the design of the website ..... on and on go the reasons for not starting. Well, it time to stop planning, over-thinking and tweaking ... It's time to paddle.
I don't want to leave this life with regrets, including sharing thoughts with the world and this brings me to Randy Pausch's Last Lecture. It is over an hour, but take the time to watch it. It may even change how you look at life.