I have Decided to Start Writing
This is an announcement that I will try to regularly post essays from now on.
What you are reading right now is supposed to be the first post on my own blog in our beloved internet. I am writing this because I thought I should have some kind of introduction to my site. Below, I will explain some of my motives for starting this and give a little bit of reasoning why you might be interested in reading it.
It cost me a lot of time reflecting what and for who I’ll write. Typical doubts were: “Does another blog add any value for anyone? Isn’t this a waste of time?” I believe that setting a clear objective and expectation was the most important influencer for my decision to start this anyways. So here we go:
1) Who is this for?
For everyone who is interested in learning basic stuff about the startup industry, trends in startups, and other miscellaneous thoughts from the perspective of a German business student. Apart from that, obviously, this is also for myself, as I believe that writing has benefits for the writer even if nobody reads what he writes.
2) What will I be writing about?
I will be writing about stuff that comes to my mind and that I find on the internet. It will be a well thought-through selection of things that I consider worth sharing from a variety of topics ranging from general career advice over debates of current topics and trends to specific startup and founder advice.
Although I also consider my blog a diary of thoughts, I will not write about my everyday life but rather the learnings from everyday situations that I encounter, put on a macro perspective.
3) Why am I doing this at all?
I always enjoyed writing. It is the one thing that every one of us can do with only a little bit of education and it gives us the opportunity to express ourselves most clearly. It can be a great relief to write thoughts down. It forces you to channel your thoughts and think them through until the end. Writing a thought down and hitting “Publish” is like depositing it and makes me feel free.
In addition, as said above, I consider my blog a kind of diary. Regular writing perfectly images what is going on in ones life at that time and I am looking forward to screening through all my essays in 20 years from now, getting melancholic and hopefully laughing at how naive I was today.
Most importantly though, I hope that my writing helps others making decisions and taking the right directions in their lives and careers.
4) Where, when and how often will I publish?
I set my blog up on Wordpress with great help from my flatmate Julian Koster. I will follow Ryan Hoover’s tactic of cross-posting my writings. I will probably host on Medium (sometimes Quora) and embed to my Blog and later post on other platforms that might come up.
I will try to post weekly but do not believe in forcing it. I am a student, not a blogger, and my reasoning is the same as for my former colleague Ciarán O’Leary when he is saying “I’m a VC, not a blogger”.
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5) What else? Anything more to come?
I have a lot of plans! But I will just start out from here because as Reid Hoffman said: “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” I will follow the “lean startup” principle of iteratively becoming better.
I am looking forward to the times ahead. Thanks for reading!