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Confession: I don’t yet know what this blog will be. Hopefully, it will be educational and enjoyable to the readers I’m lucky enough to attract. This site is an outlet for the myriad of thoughts, personal challenges, and endeavors for which I devote my time. It would be great to inspire others towards a similar quest for excellence... and not excellence in the hyperbolic sense used today (I blame Bill and Ted for that); I mean Areté, a Greek word representing "excellence through fulfilling a purpose of virtuous nature", and 改善 (Kaizen), a Japanese word representing continual refinement and improvement: two principles that are simple as concepts, but are difficult to put into action.
Blogging is a new venture for me, and I want to invest my time wisely. I want to do this right, which means having a plan. Plans are important; they keep us focused make large projects manageable, and this is a large project.
My plan is simple: write well-researched, informative articles on a variety of subjects.
I’m going to provide a lot of links in my articles for 3 reasons:
- Readers should have quality resources for follow-up. If a concept is interesting to you, I want you to be able to follow-up immediately: seize the moment because teachable moments have a half-life. The longer it takes to act, the less likely the intervention will be to ‘stick’.
- You should know why conclusions are being drawn. You may not agree with what I write, but you’ll understand some of how I’ve come to certain conclusions.
- I naturally perform a lot of research. I’ve got the resources at hand; this way they won’t go to waste or live only in my bookmarks.
As my experience with this site progresses, I will be blogging about ‘how to set-up a blog of your own.’ In the meantime, here are a few resources to help you if you're on a similar quest:
- This article at Christianpf.com gives excellent advice on selecting a host (I ended up with hostgator.com after having a poor experience with register.com) and picking WordPress themes.
- Tim Ferris provides great information on which WordPress plug-ins are worth the time on his 4hourworkweek blog.
- Problogger.net has a great compilation of 'blogging resources for beginners'.
I encourage everyone to leave constructive comments and add to every discussion. I will never be able to cover all the salient points in one article. I hope you’ll add your unique experiences and insights to the discussion.
Let’s see where this journey takes us.