It has been about 18 months since I began posting semi-regularly. At the time, something indefinite was pushing me to write down some stuff I thought important. Today as I sit on the balcony of my suite overlooking the surf in Honolulu, and looking back on 2016, the focus is becoming a little more clear.
During the last year a number of people have asked me “What are you blogging about really?” or “Are you trying to make this a business?” or “Why are you doing all this work?” I have asked myself those questions as well many times. While there have been temptations to make a run at becoming a “famous” blogger, someone with a large following ala Tim Ferris or Dave Asprey, I keep reminding myself “Been there, done that” on the “famous” thing. I have been mining a much more personal vein. Marcus Aurelius wrote Meditations primarily for himself. As little reminders to turn back to in times of crisis or decision. I have found myself doing the same with a number of these posts, going back to take more self-assessment tests, re-reading posts like “how I prepare for conflict situations” before a conflict situation and generally using this blog as a personal reference. To that end, I have not done a lot of syndication, cross posting, nor have I gotten a newsletter going. That all sounds like work to build an audience. I don’t intend this to be a business, nor do I intend to be any kind of authority on anything except my own personal life journey.
So in 2017 I will be doubling down on the Marcus Aurelius aspect of this blog. All advice and documented learnings of myself for my better self. Don’t expect me to change your life. That is up to you.
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