Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Closing Time

I've decided to close this blog, and here's why. There are times when I'm fascinated, utterly riveted with the permutations of the business world, blogging, and running a copywriting business. Then again, there are times when I'm not. It just seems a waste to keep this blog open for something that I don't feel compelled to talk about half the time.

When I started down my career path, nothing in the world was as important as rapidly re-making myself as someone who could survive and succeed on his own. That's still important, but there are so many other important things in my life that it seems strange to keep a blog for just this one.

A search of every post on my 30-50 RSS feeds since January yields next to nothing for "Harry Potter", "John Paul II", "Hunter Thompson", and a host of other subjects of great interest to me. I've been reading too narrow and blogging too narrow.

Now isn't that a stupid reason to close a blog. "I left the conversation because nobody else was talking about Harry Potter."

But I'm not leaving the conversation. I'm just bringing it back to where to where it started (for me) five years ago.

Yeah, I suppose it was a sort of cowardice that led me to separate my work blog from my personal blog. In retrospect, they should have been one blog.

This goes against standard wisdom and against what I teach people when I teach my blogging class. Focus is good.

Or is it? When Evelyn Rodriguez blogs she talks about business, happiness, inspiration, and spirituality all in one blog. It's a breath of fresh air. I'm starting to wish more bloggers did that.

Career Path was a great idea at the time, but I'm going to do what I should have done in the first place. Go back to my personal blog and make it better.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Productivity Bomb

I'm dealing with a huge productivity bomb this week - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I was one of the lucky few to get a library copy from the first batch (too busy to go to a book store), and now I can't walk through my living room without picking it up and reading (hopefully only) a chapter. Since my office is about 30 feet from the living room, this is a very real temptation.

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Everybody goes through these times of being insanely busy. It may feel like a great feast or running a marathon, but it's actually a test of your principles. If after 10 10 hour days you can still remember what your business is about, keep up your regular cycle of contacting old customers, keep pinging potential customers, monitor the top industry blogs, you're going to be OK.

It's been a busy few weeks. I need a cup of coffee and a nice nap.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Communications Breakdown