First, I want to thank people who responded, commented, and gave me feedback on the blog. The main reply seems to be that people like the topics I cover, they enjoy the writing, and they want it to stay focused on writing. This is a bit of a relief to me, since writing is arguably my strongest skill, so I’m glad people want me to keep doing it.
One thing that I’m interested in doing is having occasional blurby posts that give you a bite-sized piece of value for coming to the site; you won’t always have time to stop what you’re doing and read a 1000+ word post. They might be links, book or article recommendations, small realizations, information on interesting upcoming gaming events. The kinds of things that wouldn’t fit cleanly into a Facebook or Twitter update, but also aren’t deserving of the bi-weekly slots.
So from now on, I’m going to try and include a weekly question. It is something for you to ask yourself, to help you analyze your behaviors and attitudes towards your performance and competition. The process of thinking and self-improvement is, quite frequently, one of asking ourselves questions, and then answering them. So rather than do this in a normal post and then try to elaborate with just my thoughts, I want to encourage people to ask these questions to themselves, and search within their own experiences.
I also want to heavily encourage people to comment and discuss their viewpoints. Being the sole author of my blog, I can only offer my perspective; sometimes I can try to interpret other viewpoints, but it’s not the same. When somebody has a view that differs from mine, or has more insight than me on a specific topic, we all benefit from hearing and thinking about it.
So for a short period of time, Mondays will be devoted to a weekly question to get your brain churning. I am excited to see the answers people give and the discussions that arise. I say “for a short period of time” because if it’s not generating value or interest, I will probably stop.
Since it just occurred to me to do this, we will do the weekly question today. After this, they will show up on Monday with a normal post on Tuesday. The responses may even help me figure out what to write about as time goes on, so you do me a service by sharing your thoughts.
This week’s question is geared towards the more self-critical readers who beat themselves up for making errors:
“If a stranger stood behind me, and told me the same things that I tell myself, how would I respond?”
Comments and discussion are hugely appreciated. See you Friday!