How Mad Men Galvanized Me to Start my Blog
October 22, 2010
“You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Our own life has to be our message.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a long time, but never did because I wanted to really pin down my subject before starting. After all, no one wants to read a blow-by-blow account of someone else’s day; this project was not to be a journal. The trouble was, though, that I was having a hard time pinning down a topic to write about. For those who already know me well, this will come as no surprise, as I am usually interested in too many things for my own good. For those who don’t know me well, know this: I am usually interested in too many things for my own good.
So how to create a blog about a topic when so many different areas present themselves? What is the throughline? Having spread myself so thin, is there anything I actually know enough about to write on it in depth? The answer came to me while watching Mad Men a few weeks ago: Don was leaving his apartment, late for work, leaving at his home a woman who had stayed over. Surprised that he should be so cavalier about leaving her alone in his apartment with his things, she asks “Are you sure you want to just leave me here?” and he replies “I’m taking everything interesting with me.”
There it was, staring me in the face, my blog topic. The one thing all my interests, lifestyle, and experiments really have in common: choosing who you are, creating yourself, and being invested in the process of your own life. For me, this process has a specific focus – living as simply, fully and naturally as possible. The blog was born.
Feedback: If you had to pick one topic to write about or discuss forever, what would it be? Or, to put it another way, if you had to make a living teaching something, what would it be, and to what audience?