I’m writing this in March of 2020. This is a weird time to be alive in general, but more specifically: COVID-19 (AKA Coronavirus) is sweeping across the world. As of March 21st (depending on the source) there are over 300,000 reported infections, and over 13,000 reported dead – it’s constantly rising, and it will be higher by the time you read this.
If you’re reading this from a future where COVID-19 wasn’t a big deal, I’ll be glad to hear it – but right now this looks like a pandemic for the history books.
What does a pandemic have to do with blogging? That’s not a trick question – I was planning on restarting my blog, but I wasn’t sure when. After thinking about the number of people who will be self-quarantining in the coming months, disrupted from their normal routines, I thought:
Why not restart my blog now? Why not give people something new to read right now, to help lift people’s spirits during the pandemic?
Problems of Previous Blogs
I’ll be completely honest (maybe more than necessary): This isn’t my first blog. I’ve had several blogs over the years, and this isn’t the first introduction to this blog.
Sometimes this blog had too many focuses. Sometimes this blog was really ambitious and 100% focused on one topic, but people didn’t like the topic. And sometimes this blog was split between self-improvement and world-improvement – when self-improvement always needs to come before world-improvement.
There were other problems. In the past I’ve been a perfectionist and procrastinator – I’ve often been more focused on producing perfect work than on producing any work at all. When I did write something, it was either a topic I’d been thinking long beforehand, or combined a bunch of smaller topics that were all easy to write about.
Admitting that feels uncomfortable, and might not be the “powerful” thing to do. Maybe so – that’s the past. I’m determined to make this the last introduction I write.
Goals of this Blog
Rather than make the mistakes of previous blogs, being overly ambitious or not writing very often, this blog only has a few goals right now:
- Write consistently.
- Write about whatever is interesting or important right now.
- Write in order to clearly communicate what I think and believe.
Those are my goals… write now.
I’m not starting out with an ambitious vision for this blog, other than one man attempting to think more clearly (hopefully in ways that help other people). Even though I have a lot of things I want to write about (books, self-improvement, rationality, ethics, “man’s inhumanity to man,” puns), the most important thing is writing consistently, letting the work evolve and improve over time.
My name is Proteus Morrill.
I’m a writer (and more).
This is my blog.