14.12.13

What's this all about then?

So, I've been thinking (nothing unusual there really).

Specifically, I've been trying to work out what I want to do with my writing.

I like writing things. But I struggle to work out how to organise my writing and how to present it. I'm interested in a lot of different stuff. Writing about all those different things in one place would, I think, be quite disconcerting to read. I can't really how a single blog would work if it tried to cover all the topics I am interested in and want to write about. I want to write about technology, productivity, running, fitness, project management, business, economics, politics, sport, my personal life, and probably quite a few things besides that.

So I'm going to go back to the idea that I'll write different blogs for different topics. And, the way I present the material will be very different on the different blogs. I think that there is a difference between personal journalling and "publishing" useful content.

Personal journalling is really a vanity exercise. Unless you happen to be a celebrity or unless your personal life somehow validates or increases the credibility of other things you do. That's not really the case for me.
I still would like to publish more useful content. I am very interested in personal productivity, running and software development project management.

By reading and thinking, I've come to realise that if I want to publish useful content, it's got to be more outward facing. It will be, ultimately, the type of content that works as "Top 5 tips for achieving blah" and so on. I've sort of fought against this in my head, but for no really good reason. I did think that there was some value for readers in seeing someone struggling with the daily grind of trying to put those "top 5 tips" into practice. I'm not so sure that there is. And, if there is, somewhere like this blog is a perfectly good spot for people to come and find that stuff.

So, here's the plan:

  • This blog will be my personal journal. It's the daily grind of me trying to get better at life. And all the things I think about along the way. I don't expect it to be terribly interesting for many (any) people. I'm still going to write it though. Because it's about teaching me to write. 
  • Ordinary Superhuman will become a blog that focuses on tips for achieving your goals in life. It will emphasise personal productivity and fitness. It will be a "10 reasons why ..." style blog.
  • PM Toolbox will be resurrected to focus on software development project management. It will also be a "10 reasons why ..." style blog.
  • If I ever find that I have too much time on my hands, then I may even get around to resurrecting Weasel Words as a blog chronicling the use and abuse of the English language. And, in particular, celebrating the use of spin and doublespeak in politics and business. But, history suggests that I won't have that much time on my hands.

A brief word about advertising & affiliate links

I will use Google AdSense and Affiliate Links for Amazon and maybe others on this site. I'm going to be writing events related to raising money for charity (see this post for more about what I'm doing in 2014). Much of what I do to raise money for charity can cost a lot of money. For example, the mandatory kit list for the Brecon Beacons Ultra will probably cost me over £250 to meet to an acceptable level. If you are able to support me by following Affiliate Links, it doesn't affect you, but it does help me go further to achieve charitable aims.