It’s May 2015 and this is the first post I’ve written in a year.
That’s not to say I haven’t been writing – I have. Each day I produce thousands of words of riveting email, and most weeks I land up writing proposals and presentations. These are things with words… with some degree of creativity. But I haven’t really written. And if I’m really honest with myself, I haven’t written anything good in years.
The last time I published something it was announcing that I was going to take a photograph-a-day for 365 days. You might have noticed that I only made it to Day 52 before failing dismally. Consistency is hard.
My blogging history is littered with bold starts that quickly fizzle out. Far too many of my blogging seasons begin with “Just moved to Wordpress” or “I’m moving to Jekyll”. The tools are fun (to a nerd) but the grind of publishing is not. Yet the few times that I’ve written about something I actually care about have been an amazing feeling. There’s nothing quite like passionately putting a well (or poorly) considered idea out into the world.
In the past I’ve published to timkeller.me. That ends today with the move to cre8thoughts.com. This is one more fresh start. There’s a good reason for this, and there’s a good reason I’m so excited about writing at this slightly silly new domain. I’ve always been a bit self-conscious about writing at a blog that shares my name. My name tells my reader absolutely nothing about the general theme and topic of the blog. One month I’m writing about education, the next I’m linking to articles about Apple, and then I’m writing about programming languages. It’s too scattered.
So why cre8thoughts? I’m fascinated by the things that create and shape the thoughts and ideas and obsessions we have. Our thoughts are the sum and average of the inputs we expose to our minds. If thoughts are the photography film, then these inputs are the light entering the lens. Focussed with care, these inputs can develop into incredible products, novel solutions and clever businesses.
This is a journal of these inputs and of how they shape the things I make. Expect a diverse set of topics, but I will try my best to keep the focus on this core idea of: creating thoughts worth thinking about.