By their very nature generalists tend not to congregate. Our interests are so many and so varied that it’s almost counter-intuitive to try to gather us around a common theme. But it is indeed possible and this site will prove it.
When I started this blog, Creative Generalist, in April 2002 I did so really just to bookmark websites and quotes that I found to be personally interesting. It was just my own solo link list, and having just quit my job and moved to Montreal (on a whim) I had a little free time to wander around – literally and digitally – and post such dispatches.… more
Well, it’s certainly been a while since my last post. Yikes.
I used to hold to a pretty steady and disciplined regimen of about three posts a week – even long after that new blog smell faded away. But I’ve slowed over the last year – obviously – for, I suppose, a variety of fairly typical reasons: blog fatigue, Twitter distraction (@shardy12), info overload, very busy and engaging day job, little time to tap out anything worth reading (like now), and even some (happy) recognition that the generalist mantra which I felt was so under-represented several years ago is alive, well, and thriving widely these days.… more
Twitter has forced me to confront head-on something I so fervently rail against: close-mindedness. It’s personal this time though. It was my own close-mindedness.
You see, I finally relented and joined Twitter last week – something I stubbornly refused to do for a few reasons, namely: I’m too busy, it’s too shallow/banal/narcissistic, and what’s the point really. Basically for the same short-sighted reasons that many railed against blogging waaaay back in the early naughts, I struggled to see the value of
Well, here it is folks. A little bit anti-climatic but a milestone nevertheless. This is my one-thousandth post to Creative Generalist.
It took me 1578 days, or roughly four and a half years, to get here. I know, other bloggers have gotten here faster – some much faster – but still I’m a little amazed that I’ve clicked “Publish Post” quadruple-digit times. Gotta say – it feels pretty damn good.
I’ve counseled several friends who have decided to join the so-called blogosphere. My number one piece of advice is always to keep at it. Be passionate about it and be disciplined with it.… more