Bloggers Have to Start Sometime

October 16, 2006
My first blog post describes how perfectionism can keep one from starting something before it is absolutely the best it can be.

Boxes with files on desktopFor a long time I’ve been encouraged to create a blog to complement the websites I write for, design, and manage. My response? You’ve got to be kidding. First, I said I couldn’t because I was busy taking the rich content from Learning Place Online and putting it onto two new sites, Support4Change and Childhood Affirmations. Then I said I couldn’t do it because I was writing another book, “Questions to Ask Yourself When You Want Your Life to Change,” which will be available online and in hard copy in the spring of 2008.

When I finished the book about two weeks ago, I thought I would simply focus on other front-burner plans.

Even before I can do any of those things, however, I have to organize my office. (You can get a general idea of what my desk looks like from the boxes at the right, which are a small fraction of the files I have to go through.) Unless you are extremely organized, or have never worked in an office where several projects are going on at the same time, you may not know how frustrating it is when you need an exact quote for an article and you are sure it is on one of the many piles stacked around the office that haven’t been sorted for months (or more).

Then, right after I sent the book off for review, I awoke in the middle of the night, as I often do, and lay there reflecting on the direction my life was taking me (and the direction I was taking my life). I thought about my concern for our very mixed-up world and also thought about my passion for having my work make a real difference in the world. This again reminded me of a section I had taken off of Learning Place Online called “Questions for Thinking People.” I had done that so that “sometime” in the future I could turn the questions into a blog where people could explore issues of importance to all of us.

The thought came to me that night that if I were to start that blog, now would be as good a time as any. I will always have loads to do (that’s just the way I’m put together), but problems between people won’t go away while I’m doing something else. Besides, I enjoy the challenge of asking questions in such a way that people become interested in exploring why they believe as they do — and in discovering that in answering the questions they realize there is some value in what the other guy believes as well.

So to get started, the first question I have for dialogue with readers of this blog is this:

Have you ever taken a break from what you were doing in order to begin something else that you felt would make a difference, even if that was only in a small part of the world, such as in your family? What was the project you began, why did you do it, and what effect did it have on the world?

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