My Story in 8 Seconds


The average attention span in 2013 was 8-Seconds. This figure is down from 12-Seconds in 2000. With this in mind, I hope to bring you a message that comes quickly and carries you into our dialog. The window for attention is short, but the story will prevail if the content is honest. Let us be honest together.

I’ve introduced myself to people many times in my life as I’m sure you have. Each time, I explain the highlights of my career, aspirations, or self image. I tell a story about who I believe I am. This journal is the notepad where I say who I am. I collect my stories, and thoughts here; be it professional or philosophical. I don’t claim to be enlightened or know all. I share my experiences and opinions from my point of view, and hope to inspire others to think, and take action. This is who I am, and the contents herein contain the stories that I perceive in my day to day life. I hope to keep your attention for another 8-Seconds or more.

The Sand Dunes of Southern California | @michaelpagan

I love to tell stories. Living in the digital age, we have many platforms to express our thoughts and explain who we are. With those tools available, we have a platform unique to our own time never seen before in history. Use the medium of exchange at hand, being across all mediums (text, photo, video, sound), and tell the story that only you can tell. Use it like you’ve just discovered fire, or the printing press.

The Gardens of Pasadena, CA | @michaelpagan

The internet should be a beautiful place. Sometimes I find myself lazily publishing to twitter, instagram, or other platforms without refrain. There is a time to remove your filter and speak blatantly, but our culture could use some healthy restraint. Be polite, and respectful to yourself and your message.

Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil | @michaelpagan

I challenge you to put your best foot forward and produce quality content for the web. Content that inspires and brings our culture forward. Content that is not lazy. With all of the great stories we have, our message will be a great one. Use your strength by choosing a medium you love and the 8 Second story will be compelling enough to stick around.


“I think, therefore I am” -René Descartes

I hope at this point I’ve gotten you to think. Inspired by my friend @stella, here’s what I’ve been thinking about as well:

The time you’ve taken to read this excerpt is much appreciated.

your best friend,

Michael D. Pagan

Informal Disclaimer: This article is written in continuous beta. I may change the content from time to time based on my own discretion. Additionally, I appreciate feedback and comments on any subject at hand.


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