I’m not a huge fan of doing the same thing as everyone else. It’s not that I hate conforming or I’m rebelling against society / expectations – far from it. I just don’t like to play in saturated territory. I prefer to be an outlier, leaving some sort of mark of my presence, rather than to skulk away and blend in to the background.
So why, then, would I even consider starting a blog?
Here are a few thoughts, in no particular order:
- I like ideas. I like exploring ideas. I’m particularly interested in ideas around community, among many other things. A site like this creates a platform to explore those ideas with people who, for whatever reason, I can’t meet over coffee (or hot chocolate or tea. I rarely actually do coffee).
- During 2010 I really began to look at social media (Twitter and Facebook) as powerful tools to connect and share ideas. I realised through a series of events (such as the Queensland floods in January 2011) that though I may not be a qualified expert in anything, I do come across a variety of interesting material, ideas and thoughts that appeal to a diverse audience. More than just sharing them, I would like to engage with people and discuss them.
- I have a few different things going on in life right now and I’d love to share them.
- A few days ago, I had the urge to really ‘express’ a thought on Facebook. Perfectly crafted and beautifully worded (I thought), I posted my status. Alas, it was well over the 460 character limit. Did I want to convert it into a ‘note’, I was asked? Well, no, I don’t think I do. If I wanted to do that, I may as well write more to really express my thoughts. (light bulb moment). Perhaps I need a platform to write as much or as little as I want, so that I can really express my thoughts! Though there is a beauty and simplicity in the short burst of Twitter and FB, I was looking for something more to fit alongside these tools.
- I know (and know of) so many amazing, interesting, inspiring people and I want to share them with the world!
I’m not out to become an internet sensation. I don’t even dare to hope that this might form the basis of my best-selling novel that will fund my retirement tripping around the world! If it provides merely a platform for me to get a variety of thoughts, ideas, ‘ah moments’ and feelings from my head out into the wider world – then I’ll happily call that a success!