Ahh, so this is that first blog post. I’m staring at a brand new WordPress installation and saying to myself, “What important & worldly knowledge should I share first?” Well, since I obviously have no worldly knowledge to share, I guess I’ll just espouse on what I want this site for.
Over the past few years, I’ve found myself writing less and less. It’s not a result of lack of topics or ideas, it’s simply that I haven’t carved out the time to sit and write. I’m certain I’m not the only one.
I think long-form content is being placed on the shelf a bit as social connectivity increases. We’re spending more time saying “hello” and checking in with people and places than we are actively contemplating what it is we’re thinking about. I know my attention span seems shorter and shorter each and every week, as new demands get placed on me personally, professionally, and socially. Many of those demands are of my own making; but I get the feeling that I’m not alone. Where once the blog stood as the “social” connector of its time, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and others are now asking for small moments of our attention. Those moments can add up rapidly, resulting in fragmented thoughts, articles, and idea development.
So, in an effort to overcome my writer’s block & refocus my attention towards long-form content and developed writing, I’ve created this little personal site on the web. I’m not sure what will become of it, but I’m going to give myself a “to-do” to write at least 20 minutes every day. I’m not sure if that’ll just make me angry at my to-do list, or if it will formulate any quality thoughts & posts, but I’m wondering if perhaps just by having a nook on the web to write out whatever’s on my mind, I can start to get things rolling.
One thing that I’m also hoping to do is to use the site as the hub for my other web activities. As you can read on my “about” page, I’ve got sites setup for science fiction, alternative energy, and iOS apps – not to mention the business site at DashboardLabs.com (which will cover mostly social technology & WordPress).
Ideally, with a hub, spokes, and various social channels to engage this content (which is part of the fun of Dashster), this site will start to serve as a great way to make new friends, discuss interesting ideas, and help me become a better writer. Thanks for swinging by, and I hope you’ll leave a comment, say “Hi” on Twitter or Facebook, or share something you find interesting with your friends.