Recently I spoke with BBC reporter Peter Bowes for his longevity podcast. Get a virtual tour of bulletproof labs and hear about my personal results rolling back the clock.
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.
Last week I gave two presentations during Seattle Start Up Week.
Unfortunately many sleepwalkers, when they get woken up, get pissed off. Some even try to blame the red pill, or the messenger. As protect against litigious zombies, the lawyers prepared the following disclaimer and notice. Thank you for your patience.
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This is my first long form blog post in many years. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram killed the first incarnation of DeepGreenCrystals. Over the years (and with the help of every new technology wave), my communication style has shrunk and devolved. Today my email signature is simply “M”. Pictures have replaced words. Apps fill in names and places and helpfully link to everyone else’s thoughts about a person, place or thing, so my personal thoughts are rarely necessary.
When I turned 50 last year, something changed. One part nostalgia, two parts paying it forward, add a splash of extra time on my hands and I have a tasty cocktail with which to reboot this DeepGreenCrystals thing. The title has the original intent baked in. Deep Green Crystals, the tiny valuable knowledge nuggets that power the whole thing. The powerful things that really matter. As I look through the archives, there is a lot of pontification, product reviews, and outright whimsy. Going forward I hope to stick to the basics. My thoughts about things big and small that I think are important and powerful in this life. Hopefully I will be able to imbue into the posts some of what I have learned over the years to give context to my opinions. You won’t find any slavish talking points here (although I am sure to be accused of that eventually). Every post will be a result of my personal desire to actually communicate a point of view that I feel very strongly about based on 50+ years trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I hope you don’t always agree with my conclusions. We have traveled different paths. I just hope you understand how I got here and why. Not trying to start a debate, although many issues will be controversial. Your opinion is always welcome, but don’t be surprised if I don’t change my mind just because you feel strongly I should.
Not sure how often I will post or if anyone will give a shit, but this is where I am going to leave it all.
Comments (sometimes) welcome.