Hello World, and some thoughts

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve published anything — well, I’ve never published anything on Medium. But it’s been a while since I’ve been writing consistently, so I figured 2016 would be a good time to change that.

Hence, I joined Medium.

Well, I didn’t really join Medium — I’ve actually been on here for a while now. But I haven’t been contributing to it. I’ve just been lurking, feeding on the best-of lists and the guides to living life properly and the how-tos and such.

So that’s going to stop.

From now on, I’m going to blog semi-regularly about my obsessions. I’m borrowing this term from Quartz because I think they really nailed it:

Journalists in most news organizations have fixed “beats”: bond markets, personal technology, international trade, and so on. At Quartz we organize ourselves around the seismic shifts that are changing the shape of the global economy. We call these topics our “obsessions,” and they evolve over time.

My obsessions will tend to be journalism-focused, since that’s my profession, but they might wander into technology and entrepreneurship (to which journalism is pretty much inextricably tied — just read any of these predictions for 2016). I’ll also maybe write about politics, but I’m not sure I have much to add on that front. We’ll see.

There will also be some personal obsessions. I like cold brew, and I’m going to be experimenting this year with perfecting my mason-jar batches. I’ve been on a nostalgia kick since visiting home for Christmas, so there might be a post about Pokémon or Harvest Moon. We’ll see.

And I also might put up a short story or two. Those will be clearly labeled as such, assuming I can figure out how to create albums or whatever Medium uses to sort posts. We’ll see.

Oh, and one more thing! I’ve been told that the big advantage of Medium (over hosting my own blog at my own URL) is that there’s a strong community here, and the ease of commenting makes interaction a lot more seamless. So I hope to hear from you, and I’ll do my best to create conversations, instead of just monologues.

Here’s to 2016! And here’s to that guy hopefully getting an Oscar this year:

Stay tuned!