I’ve not been blogging lately. I haven’t really been pushing things to twitter, either. For a while, I thought I was just lazy, and perhaps tired from travel. I’ve lately come to see that this isn’t the case. Good or bad… I don’t write for myself.
I write for others. I write for people who care about what I have to say, who use it to improve their own lives. I write for people that have a passion for learning, for exploring ideas, for changing the world around them. What do these people want?
I really have no idea. Looking back at my blog, I realize that most of my posts are the result of an amazing conversation I’ve had with somebody, or the result of reading somebody else’s work and being inspired to extend or evolve it in some way. When I hear from others which bits they find valuable, they are uniformly the cases where I write because somebody says “you should post this.” My inspiration is a reflection of shared passions.
So what’s this mean? It’s changed my behavior a bit. I’ve not written anything “just to write it”. I’ve focused much more on the people and ideas that are around me, especially inside of Rally. I’ve paid more attention to which trends and areas I find myself passionate about. I brainstorm with my peers around ideas before starting my writing. I’m exploring crowdsourcing initial drafts internally to Rally, and may open that beyond. I’m looking at the needs of various groups to see which ones resonate as ways of selecting topics. I’ve started involving others in my writing.
Starting with this post, I’m actively inviting others in my community to pull content from me. Tell me what you feel I should write about, what ideas you’d like me to extend, what basics need better coverage. Help me to understand what’s valuable, what’s engaging, what will help you create your own reality. And I might just ask you to write with me.
Enter User Voice. On the right bar of the blog, you’ll see a tab flagged “Suggest Topics” Throw them out there, and I’ll listen. If you wish, vote up the ideas of others. Pull the content you value, the material that inspires yourselves and others. Join me in my new experiment.
…and for those who read… Thank you!