Wikipedia describes a muse to be the “goddesses or spirits who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture, that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.”
Well as some of you have noticed, I have taken a small break from blogging. I felt like I had lost my muse. I didn’t know what to write about. A lot of things that I was writing about and thinking about was boring myself so I decided to withdraw, reconnect with what’s happening in the world, and start up again. This is me starting up again.
It’s funny because it all started right around when I listened to the audio of Merlin Mann and John Gruber’s talk from SXSW about how to be a better blogger. They asked the question, “what are you obsessed with?
After thinking about it, I found this question increasingly hard to answer. Do I want to be the guy who blogs about social media? Not really. Do I want to be the guy who writes about a new CSS problem? Not really. Do I want to be the guy who reposts the random thing that I find on Digg or Google Reader? Only if I can really add something to the convo.
I needed to figure out where I could focus my intellectual fire power, which led to me thinking more about where generally my passions lie.
I love what I do… commnity management. I love serving people. I love helping people connect together. I love helping communities form, especially when it’s in a way that may not have happened otherwise. These are the things that I’m obsessed with.
I do love technology but for me it really is just a means to an end and not the end. It absolutely doesn’t matter to me whether or not community is built using technology. All too often I feel like we lean on technology too hard and end up missing out on the great memories that could be made with offline community.
This is the stuff that I want to write about. This is the stuff that I think about all the time. It’s what I’m obsessed with.
So… expect more cool things coming from this blog soon.