In 2008, I joined a start up called NewTunes. While the development team was working on building and launching our product, I decided to build some traffic to our site in anticipation of the launch so we could hit the ground running.
Our product was music related, so I focused the blog on description and progress reports on the site to come and music-related posts. Until our product was to launch, the website – newtunes.com – was my blog.
It was great experience. By focusing on writing and promoting the blog, I had the chance to learn a great deal about SEM (search engine marketing), using social media and content development and strategy (along with getting paid to find and talk about our site and some great new music).
Unfortunately, we flamed out in early 2009, as did the website. But having put all the work into it, I maintained the WordPress back end and made it my own – this site.
My intent with it was to have a place to write. With this site, I was simply going to record observations, ideas, perceptions and thoughts with the intent that my daughter could look back on this whenever she got around to being interested in such things.
This has since been a private place for me. I don’t publicize it anywhere, and I get nearly no traffic. I realize this is on the Internet and the URL is fairly simple and clear, but I had always considered this my place to write what I wanted. Until now…
It appears several of my work colleagues have discovered the site. That’s generally fine, as I don’t usually write about observations and work, though there are a few here and there, to be sure. But I guess it does mean that I have to be a bit more careful, which isn’t really anything I want to do in my personal space.
What’s most interesting to me about being discovered is that no one has said a word to me about it, which is consistent with the Seattle culture, I guess. Even more impressive that one person read over 80 posts and never said a word about it.
In Wisconsin, if people at work had discovered their colleague had a blog, they’d be actively calling it out – probably in front of the entire office. They’d be sharing it around and people would be asking questions about or simply making fun of the content.
But in this office, I was told of at least four people who found it, and none of them said a word to me.
I’ve often remarked how amazed I am that we went through a very contentious 2012 Presidential election, and somehow, I never heard one word or conversation about it at work the entire year. In fact, I didn’t hear a word about it in social circles, either.
Again, having worked in Wisconsin during the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, people were actively debating, discussing and even arguing issues and topics all the time in the workplace.
I love Seattle, and moving here was one of the most significant and best decisions I’ve ever made. But I wish people around here were more interested, comfortable or fearless about saying what they’re thinking. I’m not sure what holds people back, but this city can get pretty boring and uninteresting with all the small talk. It’d be great to hear a meaty opinion about something now and again.
Anyway, since no one is interested in talking to me about my space, I guess I’ll welcome you all here, in this post. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Please note that I’m not here to passively aggressively insult anyone or share things that I wouldn’t say in person (there really are no such things). My hope is that my daughter will someday read this and a) learn from it, and b) get a little insight into who I am.
This space is meant for me, not for you. If you want to know the things I notice and think about and what my opinions really are, then stick around. If you find something here you don’t think appropriate or that might cause controversy, I recommend never coming back and not sharing it with others.