It’s been so long since I wrote something in my blog that I’d forgotten my credentials. So I guess it’s only fair to give a few updates to explain where I’ve been.
For the past year, I’ve been writing a book on management. I rented some studio space, was spending a couple nights a week there, and was closing in on the ending (I’m a chapter or two from completion) when the Presidential Election happened and derailed everything. Since then, I’ve been struggling a lot with feeling like writing about design or management is worthwhile in a world that is broken (and becoming more broken, it seems, by the day). Every time I’d sit down to try and write something, I’d instantly begin questioning why it matters and how crummy it would feel to promote my work on Twitter or via my email list in a world where, again, things feel so dark.
So why am I writing now?
For the last few months, friends have asked me about the book or about writing and I’d explain the trouble I was having. In doing so, I learned a couple of things:
- I’m not alone. Everyone is struggling feeling motivated in this new reality. Almost every person I talked to about this mentioned how they not only understood, but had been feeling the same way.
- This is still valuable, even in spite of everything else. I’ve had a lot of folks mention that they miss my blog and that they hoped I’d get back into writing and finish the book. I recently did some impromptu office hours with random people for an afternoon in San Francisco and realized that people still have jobs, still struggle and are still looking for help, guidance, insight or simply someone to tell them they aren’t crazy and that this stuff is just hard.
So, I’m going to try this again. I’m not ready to dive back into the book process, but hopefully sharing here will prepare me for when I’m ready to jump back in and finish it off.
Thank you to all the friends who’ve been encouraging and willing to talk this out with me almost every time we hang out. And thanks to everyone I don’t know as well who would casually ask about the book or about this blog. I used to write for myself, to try and explain things for myself and find answers I needed. But you’ve helped me realize that there’s more to it than that. Thanks.
And hello, again.
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