Sunday, March 17, 2019

Blog is Under Construction

To my many wonderful readers.

My original blog, with its musings on politics, strategy, business and the like, with some societal warnings and inspirational material sprinkled in, had grown to over 700 posts and was, in my opinion, long overdue for a redesign.  I've been told that my original blog infuriated those who hurt others or who used others as selfish stepping stones for their own greedy intentions, inspired those who needed help, provided appropriate warning for those who seek such things and helped people seeking guidance in strategy, technology, business and finance.  To the thousands of people who wrote me over the years, to either thank me, condemn me or ask if they could reference my work in theirs, I am grateful to all of you.  To those who went into hiding because their miscreant behavior had been exposed, I hope you took the opportunity to make yourself a better person.  

My blog was also overdue for a redesign of purpose.  With all of the great minds expressing their opinions in the world, there is a large amount of superfluous information out there.  Some writers are not aware of this information overflow and share their thoughts as if they are new inspirations freshly discovered.  Some know what they are about to share is already out there but they express those ideas again as their own or in the belief that they can express something that has already been said but make it fresh just because they said it.

There is also the burden of "everyone is talking, is anyone listening?" with the flood of information that is present and presenters of information must be cognizant of informing in order to create action as opposed to writing with the only result being that they have added more noise to the world.  Intelligent readers know that in the old days, knowledge came from knowing how to find and assimilate knowledge hidden in knowledge repository recesses.  Now such knowledge is obtained by knowing how to filter out the noise and redundancy that exists in order to leave only the nuggets of knowledge exposed.  I am sensitive to these things in thinking through the purpose of my new blog and hopefully, you will see these thoughts reflected in the new incarnation.

The words of Marcus Aurelius, expressing gratitude for the guidance of Rusticus, come to mind (from Meditations, Gregory Hayes translation):

The recognition that I needed to train and discipline my character.

Not to be sidetracked by my interest in rhetoric.  Not to write treatises on abstract questions, or deliver moralizing little sermons, or compose imaginary descriptions of The Simple Life or The Man Who Lives Only for Others.  To steer clear of oratory, poetry and belles lettres.

My blog will return soon with original and new content, with a specific purpose and in a format that is more conducive to effective reading / sharing / knowledge application / action based on your needs and interests (and mine).

In the meantime, thank you for your support and critiques, your patience and your input.  Much of your feedback is being folded into the new blog design.

Take care and create a great day, because merely having one is too passive an experience.