In its purest form, writing offers artistic value to our world, inspiring people, making them think, debating ideas, and challenging norms, even in marketing. The creative side of the profession, the part that speaks to the soul, demands better than a top five list or a mechanical landing page. A blog post should contribute a small nugget to a professional’s life. An essay should revolve around an idea and debate its merits, pros and cons and leave the reader spinning with their own interpretations. A book should leave a reader enchanted with dream and vision. And by books, I’m not talking the trade books many of us bloggers tout as our professional mantras, rather books of grander scale and intent. […]
Well, the RSS apocolypse is upon us thanks to Google’s planned sunsetting of Reader. Now that my Reader has been scheduled for termination, expect a pivot. Of course, the sunsetting of Reader disrupts my and many other bloggers’ daily link sharing on Twitter and Google Plus, which causes change. Since xPotomac and SxSW have passed (creating more time), I plan on starting anew, and rebuilding on Feedly and Flipboard with new voices on a wider range of topics. I go through periods of discontent online. Currently, I’m in one.
There’s been a lot of pointed conversation online of late. Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back, and breathe in clean air. So I thought I’d share some gratitude this Friday and walk out on a high note. Here are 10 good things happening right now: 1) The Phoenix Rises Patrick Ashamalla, Shonali Burke and I successfully rebooted the BlogPotomac franchise as xPotomac on Monday. The feedback has been provocative, and indicative of a repeatable conference. We will meet later this month to conduct a post mortem and discuss next steps.
Image by Dustin Holmes There’s nothing worse than someone who knows it all. Yet, now more than ever we surround ourselves with paper experts, factions of wisdom, and pundits of the micro topic. Online and in real life I meet and interact with many micro-pundits. Surely, there is corresponding micro-fame, and perhaps even micro-wealth that comes with such stature. But there is also a great danger of egotistical ignorance that comes with micro celebrity. You could call me such a micro-pundit. But really, wasn’t I really a modern King of the Vagabonds, one of the people who suddenly broke out because I shouted the loudest? And I did better than I ever had, but did I conquer? I had an […]
I re-edited this John Wall jumper photo with Snapseed, one of my favorite social tools for photo sharing. People frequently ask my opinion about social networks and applications. While I oblige requests individually, generally I don’t proactively seek to give advice or blog about tools unless the discussion revolves around a macro trend or impacts strategy. It comes down to positioning, long term viability and personal interest.
I think about the past a lot. Who doesn’t? Of course, like most people I cherish the great memories. And then there are the difficult ones. There’s nothing I can do to change them (Boy, that LIVESTRONG tattoo sure seems like a bad idea now). Few things can amend unresolved issues with others. The only thing the complete past — good and bad — offers is experience. Experience to draw upon, contemplate, and possibly use to become wiser and evolve as a human being. This is true for both business and personal life. Yet, dwelling on the past for too long is one of the most unproductive exercises one can engage in.