There are plenty of blogs out there – why another one? I have certainly attempted to write blogs before, only to have them languish in blog hell (a single, lonely “Coming Soon!” post that I shamefully take down months later).
So – why another blog? Well, I’ve always wanted to start my own business. Or at least I think I want to start my own business. I suspect the real reason behind my push to be my own boss is to have a creative outlet. So for years (and I mean years and years) I came up with brilliant idea after brilliant idea, hoping each one would be “The Big Idea” that spurred me to action and led me to the inevitable end (me sipping margaritas on a private island somewhere in the Carribean). Problem was – I would get really excited when I came up with the next big thing, but I could never bring an idea all the way to fruition.
Fast forward to today – I was watching a video by Ed Dale, the SEO guru I follow. In the video, he talks about the death of SEO – and that the only sure-fire way to stand out in today’s world is to have a voice. I wracked my brain trying to think of which industry, which idea I was most passionate about – was it MarketToMe? Was it WineByExample? And then it hit me – what I love doing, and where my voice is strongest, is when discussing ideas themselves. I love thinking about, discussing, and collecting ideas. Why not talk about what I love? The skies parted, WordPress was installed, and on the 7th day – IdeasByTheDozen was born.
Consider this a grand experiment. So many people come up with great ideas, but so few execute. But at the same time, people are paranoid about their ideas getting out, lest someone steal their ideas and make a bajillion dollars before retiring to that private Carribean island. I’m certainly guilty of thinking this way. Well – what would happen if I make my ideas public?
What if I got over my fear of giving away my golden eggs, and revel in the fact that I might be a golden goose?
Sure, I might one day strike it rich – might – with an idea I hold closely. Or, I can get the immediate and guaranteed satisfaction from talking about my ideas, developing them as much as I want to, and then moving on to the next project. You know what they say – if you love an idea, set it free. If it comes back to you – well, it probably wasn’t a good idea.
So thank you for reading this blog. I realize people have a lot of choice on what to read, and I need to provide you something valuable in return for your time. I hope by sharing my thoughts with you, by opening up my closely guarded ideas (good and bad) you find something interesting and engaging, and at the very least enjoy the conversation about ideas and being creative. And we’ll see where it goes from there.
They say ideas are a dime a dozen. Well, here’s to having Ideas By The Dozen!