Inspired by Seth

Seth BlogGodin’s blog, called, unsurprisingly, Seth’s Blog is one of the best on the web.

The style is captivating and the posts are short enough to impart wisdom without being tedious.

Most impressive is how he is able to do this consistently, almost every day. He’s a genius.

One of my goals is to one day be half as smart. And as consistent.

I’m inspired by Seth.

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I Have Joined The Now Movement

Derek Sivers, a cool guy I greatly admire, has on his personal website a “Now” page which is a more specific version of the usual “about me” page. The now page focuses on what he’s currently doing.

Back when he created it, a retweet encouraged other bloggers and creatives to create their own and that’s how the now movement was born. There’s now a whole website dedicated to showcasing these “now” pages. Good to visit if you’re bored and just want to see random pictures of people and their random websites.

Sivers thinks we all should have one and I kinda agree. Like he says, it’s the kind of stuff you’d tell a friend you haven’t seen in a while.

In his words, “… a website with a link that says “now” goes to a page that tells you what this person is focused on at this point in their life. For short, we call it a “now page”.

Today I finally created mine, which I’ll be editing from time to time.

You can check out the now movement here.

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Why I blog

A question I get asked often is “Why do you blog”, or it’s variation: “Do you make money from it? How much?”

When I reply that I don’t make money from “blogging” and that I don’t want to put adverts on my personal blogs I’m met with a perplexed look. Why then do I do it?

I wish there was a simple answer but there isn’t.

Dave Weiner who has blogged almost every day for well over a decade recently posted an article where he wrote:

Even if no one read my blog, I’d still write it. Not exactly sure why. Maybe it’s something like this — I would still cook even if I was the only person eating.

I write because I am a writer. It would be the same if I was being paid for writing vs doing it for free, which is pretty much how I’ve always blogged. There was a brief time when pieces I wrote here were edited and published by Wired. But I still wrote the same stuff.

Steve Yegge wrote a much longer and more convincing piece titled “You Should Write Blogs” way back in 2005. He debunked some common excuses, such as “I’m too busy”, “It’s narcissistic” and “I’m afraid to put my true thoughts on public record”.

He makes the same point made by Dave:

Even if nobody reads them, you should write them. It’s become pretty clear to me that blogging is a source of both innovation and clarity. I have many of my best ideas and insights while blogging. Struggling to express things that you’re thinking or feeling helps you understand them better.

As someone who has blogged for about four years I completely agree with Dave and Steve. I blog because I just want to blog, there’s no “exact” reason why I do it. I don’t think many people read what I write, but I would still write, even though I was certain no one read at all.

There are, of course, more sensible reasons. Blogging is a good way to convey my opinions to the world, or to teach. Many people do this- by creating useful articles. This hardly applies to me however, as I’m not exactly an expert on anything.

Blogging is also a good way of improving one’s communication skills. I write better than ever, and I can organise my thoughts better than before.

Blogging, as Steve says, is “a source of both innovation and clarity”. When I’m blogging I get some brilliant ideas and great insights. Additionally I find I understand more clearly technical things when I explain them to others through writing.

On the cool side blogging gets you freebies, makes you some great friends, gets you invited to conferences and to give talks. I’ve written articles for some great publications and met some great people because of my blogs. Sometimes strangers buy you beer too.

And yes, you can make money from blogging.

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Personal Finance: Don’t be the hog

A friend of mine was saying that we Zimbabweans are an educated lot but useless when it comes to managing personal finance. Being broke more often than not I wholly agreed with him.

He then went on to set up a blog for personal finance advice. It’s called Zim Personal Finance and aside from the useful and informed views, the brother is a damn fine writer.

As to his claim of it being the “first personal finance website in Zimbabwe” I don’t know. But it’s a good site with brilliant articles.

Do check it out.

Especially if you don’t want to be a hog or maybe just to know why your car is not an asset.

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