Where’s my blog?

Here’s my blog.

The first four chapters I wrote of The 4-Hour Workweek went straight into the garbage. I started off writing like a Princeton-trained pompous ass, which I, of course, was. Huge vocab for no reason, and semicolons galore. Scrapped. — Tim Ferriss

There are so many things I have to say, but I don’t know where to start or how, so you’re getting a stream of consciousness.

I’m also torn on whether I should start with a blog or just get on with writing the book; I’d go straight into the book but I actually do have many things to say and it feels like a waste of time not to, so I’ll just heed Gary and do both.

I have an ambiguity about diaries, a nondescript aversion towards documenting in general. Nixon’s biographer recently mused that ‘Historians will thank God for Trump’s tweets, because he insists on tweeting at a time when nobody writes letters or keeps diaries anymore’; journaling was indeed more common in previous times, with private journals and correspondence nonchalantly being unearthed and circulated before people could touch the ground (eg. after they died). Was this a commonly accepted practice, did they not care, or did they just never think about it? Something to note on this point is that privacy, in a very real sense, is a modern invention, so probably they did not think about it in the same terms as we do.

Still on the choice of format — blog or book — I spent my fair bit of time on message boards in my school years, which was a very interesting opportunity to engage other people in more complex discussion which the daily schedule (or usual company) would not have otherwise allowed. A public forum, as it were, and even if the board itself was focused on video games, many of us spent the most words in Agora, the section for most serious discussions. Message boards themselves are — regrettably — on the wane, so the comment section of an informed blog might just be next best thing. Conversation is a format in itself so we can certainly add it to books and blogs, and in fact most of Plato’s (Socrate’s?) works were dialogues.

One could argue that writing prose is talking to oneself, so there’s that.

As an entrepreneur, I’m painfully aware of the need to choose an audience, creating “valuable content” for the right people and all that — but as a human being? The world.

Further reading*

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Steven Pressfield, Do The Work
Tim Ferriss (http://tim.blog)
Gary Vaynerchuk himself
Ryan Holyday (everything)

*Books I cited, books you should read, people you should know.