The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
— Neil Gaiman
I started this blog nearly a year ago with the intention of it being a makeshift portfolio of ideas as I prepared to apply for a master’s program in Human-Centered Design and Engineering. My intent was to explore how items and ideas could be shaped, developed and utilized in ways that align with and support a human’s natural inclinations. How do we design a world that works for us? How do we build products and habits that facilitate a state of flow?
A year ago, I was incredibly tired but attributed it, in full, to a highly stressful work environment. This blog was my first step to get out and move on to something more meaningful. Within six weeks of my first posting, I was diagnosed with disseminated valley fever, which took this little blog on a wild and unanticipated detour. While I’m still not out of the woods yet, I’m on a regimen that seems to be working for me. I’m sleeping a bit less, and functioning a bit better.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my intentions when stabbing my flag into this little digital space. As I approach the one-year mark, I’m considering what it has become and where it may go. So far, I’ve covered health, design, wisdom, stories, relationships, personal finance, vegan cooking, privacy, future technology and more. Each of these areas excite me, but I would love your feedback as we move forward.
What would you like to see me write about?
I want to fill a bucket with ideas and them flesh them out and offer them back to you. I want to inspire laughter, joy, deep thinking and introspection. I want to, somehow, give you whatever it is that you need in your life right now.
Do you have a favorite post from the archives or topic I’ve explored?
Do you prefer the bits of wisdom and lessons learned, funny stories or practical advice?
Do you want to know which books, podcasts and songs I consume most voraciously?
Would you like to hear about my morning and evening routines of what I eat to fuel my body?
Would you like to know my thoughts on organized religion, the media and how these entities trick people into giving away their rights and power?
Do you want to know what my favorite objects, artwork and articles of clothing are?
Do you want to hear the story of the Amway girl, corralling two strangers’ basset hounds back into their backyard or the vegan shit-loaf I brought to Christmas dinner?
Do you want to know why I prefer tea over coffee?
Do you want to know where I would donate my money if I had excess to burn?
Do you want more short stories, poetry or everyday anecdotes?
And by the way, everything in life is writable about, if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
— Sylvia Plath
Each day you sit down to write, we face different challenges to your writing. We may be tired, uninspired or distracted, but we must still choose show up, put pen to paper and create something new.
I invite your comments, suggestions, feedback and anything else you’d like to contribute!
By the way, how do you decide what to write about? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.