In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
~ Iroquois proverb
We Don’t Live In A Bubble
These past few weeks my blog has gone fallow as I try to decide which path to take in the future. I examined many ideas and visualized different paths in trying to chart my course.
All of this thinking and deliberating lead to one thing. Nothing…
Deliberation, while necessary, can become a crutch and an excuse for inaction. I’ll admit that this is where I’ve found myself these past few weeks… Thinking and not doing.
And the thinking hasn’t even been very productive. It’s been more like watching mental sitcoms… Some of it’s been entertaining but overall it’s been a waste of time.
Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For
Nine months ago I started this blog without really knowing where I wanted to go with it… Between then and now, I’ve gained experience in what I do and don’t like… I’m pleasantly surprised that my writing seems to resonate with a lot of you, based on the comments I receive for my posts…
I’ve done a lot of reading about how to make money online, but many of the techniques seem too scammy and salesman-like… I’m not a salesman and despise trying to convince someone they need what I have to offer.
I love creating and I enjoy the interaction with others my blog promotes. Many of you have written me with thanks and stories of how my writing has helped and inspired you… I like this a lot too.
Nine months ago I couldn’t guess what I wanted from my blog, nor could I imagine where it would be today. All I wanted to do was do something that, a year later, I would look back and say “thanks John, for finally getting off your butt and doing something worthwhile”.
I believe I’ve already met that goal, even though I still have three months to go. I’ve created something out of nothing and I’ve helped others. To me, that seems like success…
So What Happened?
So, why has my blog been sort of inactive lately? Truthfully, it’s because I lost faith in myself. Yes, I can blame part of it on being very ill for quite a while, and part on the drama of gaining custody of my daughter… Those are excuses though.
What really happened is I didn’t have a firm plan, I didn’t really know how to proceed and the challenges were good reasons to not blog. I didn’t REALLY believe in myself, even though I write so much about doing just that.
I’ve spent too much time reading about making money online and not enough on building upon what I’ve already created… Doug, and this blog…
I’m excited about Doug and this blog again. I believe I know how to move forward now… In the next couple of weeks I plan to start self hosting this blog so I have more control over it. I’m going to make it the home base of all my online activities and keep building on the foundation I’ve already created.
Longer range plans include an e-book or two, a children’s book and possibly a bit more focus on my personal art (sculpture and such). Doug is a lazy monkey, but even he’s ready to work again.
I wanted to start something I’d be proud of a year later. Now, I want to create lasting value that goes beyond one year. I want to make a difference with my creations that my children’s children will be proud of. Why not? Nine months ago I couldn’t predict that a stuffed money would have almost 3900 blog followers…
With more focus and more effort, I think Doug and I can really do some good in the world…