What is this blog for anyway?Published January 28, 2019
When I published my first book – NOW They Make it Legal: Reflections of an Aging Baby Boomer – the publisher created a website for me that contained a blog. I wasn’t sure what a blog was. My understanding was that blogs were like public diaries where people shared their thoughts with the world over “social media.”
The word “blog” – like the word “party” – can be a noun or a verb. The publisher told me I should blog – the verb – about the Baby Boom generation. I had no idea what happened next or who would see it. But I had no trouble finding stuff to write about – like Cracker Jack replacing the prize with a code for an app! – and other “What is this world coming to?” topics.
When I published my second book – The Great Divide: Story of the 2016 US Presidential Race – my blog posts shifted to divisive content reflecting the country’s political divide. I had no idea how much hate people who don’t know me could have for me based solely on which side of the divide you’re on.
Upon publishing my latest book – Corporate Crap: Lessons Learned from 40 Years in Corporate America – I deleted all my previous blog posts. Today I limit my political venting to Twitter. Now I guess I’m supposed to blog about the workplace and corporate issues. But here’s the thing:
I have no more passion for workplace issues than I do for politics or history or any number of topics – nor do I have any less. There are journalists who write only on politics, or sports, or business, and are known for their expertise in those areas. I’m not really an expert on any one thing. I like to think I can write about anything.
So that’s what I’m going to do with this space – write about anything. Didn’t Seinfeld have one of the most successful sitcoms of all time with a show about nothing? This will be a blog about anything.