Focus Focus Focus

Magnifying Glass The word “focus” has been a most important part of my life since I was in high school. It began as a simple effort to identify the pertinent parts of my life and spend more time and effort on these facets. Today, it’s a question.

What should I focus on with this blog? I read a post yesterday in which the writer was concerned about the lack of focus within the writings of a blogger. His “concerns” are valid and based on the truth that we cannot be simply catagorized as programmers, fathers, athletes, theologians, sisters, nurses, or journalists. We are many things within a day/month/year/lifetime, and our focus changes from minute to minute.

This writer’s insight or concern echos my subconcious struggle with blogs as a trend. I admit, I am following the trend, and tend to do so at later points in the game than I’d like. However, there are a few types of blogs I find usefull. So, after polling my subconcious mind for a moment, I’ve begun to understand the usefullness of the business blog; those blogs started by and for companies to promote their products, employees, services, insights and expertise. Now, I understand the end goal of the business blog is to give another face to the company and push some positive PR around the web. But, I also am finding that personally, it would help me to become more focused on one area of my life if I pushed myself to write about it more. There is great value in being intensely focused on one portion (as long as you don’t go overboard and forget the other parts). All the great (public) names you remember and refer to over the course of the day probably were driven to succeed/learn/grow in mainly one area of their lives. It’s that desire I want to have and be able to write about, to critically think about, to learn from and disect it.

The question is what area do I want to do this with? I have so many facets to my own life that it’s mind boggling to try to arrest one and temper the rest. At one point in my life I played volleyball 6 days a week with a friend of mine. We were quite good and were getting better quickly. We began to play against other teams which were going to (and winning) tournaments. I vividly remember those wonderful days. So, what should I write about? What should I spend my time on? That’s the question I’ll be thinking about in the next few days/weeks.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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