Over the past few months I have been experimenting with writing things for different blogs and social networks and I discovered, somewhat to my surprise, that I had accumulated a fair amount of stuff in a relatively short amount of time — but it is dispersed all over the Internet. I wrote several comments leading up to the election that were circulated; I wrote a blog entry for Harvard Business Review; I wrote a short opinion piece on energy efficiency that ran in the Boston Globe (and on several blogs, in slightly different versions).
Then my sons gave me a book on blogging for Christmas and I thought – hey, why not? Let’s put this material somewhere in the same place. I have another website at bobmassie.org, but that was designed several years to give our friends and relations insight into the on-going medical saga that I am slogging through. I don’t think that people who are checking that site really want to know about my views on theology or politics or sustainability or education or corporate governance or the other issues that I find myself thinking about. And I don’t think that someone reading about those issues necessarily wants to be dragged through the tediousness of my long wait for a liver transplant (you can read up on it if you like).
In addition, it seems that Facebook is really for lighter fare — a couple of times I posted things there that seem to run counter to the very entertaining quips and personal details that I have enjoyed.
So what to do? The light bulb finally went off — start yet ANOTHER way to communicate online. It seemed excessive at first — how many avenues does one person need — but then again it seemed worth an experiment.
Thus I am launching myself out into the deep, not knowing what I may pull out of the sea.
Before I sign off, a comment about the title:
I chose “What’s the Big Idea?” because of the nice double entendre. I love big ideas and I hope to be writing about them. And I also have a long, long, long history of raising questions in places and venues where they have not always been welcome, at least at first, thus eliciting this indignant response. So you can take the title in other way — as my desire to point to new thoughts in this amazing world of ours or my belief that some questions need to be discussed even if sometimes it doesn’t seem like the perfectly right time or place.
Let the experiment begin…
And please tell me what you think!