Why do you come to my site? To see what I think? To get my opinion? To support me?
What’s more interesting: the news? my personal life? recommended beauty products and books? career advice?
I’ve doubted my blog for years. My abilities to influence and create are on the line. My usefulness and contribution to society, too!
I’ve wanted to put stuff “out there” that is useful, helpful and interesting. I wanted to be a source of … something, for people.
In my efforts to not be “just another blog,” I went more serious with the news stories. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the news, and I do think there are stories worthy of commentary. But despite my plethora of opinions on the news, I’m not all that well informed. Sure, I own the current events round of pub quiz night, but there’s a lot of news out there. To the point that I have more bookmarked articles than I have minutes in a day!
And I’ve had a nagging feeling – a whispering in my ear that I’m missing something big. Something about which I am, excruciatingly, well informed.
For many years now, I’ve wanted to advise young professionals on their careers. The ideas have ranged from book to vlog to scrapping this whole employed thing and becoming a motivational speaker! (Probably not the best idea I’ve ever had – hence not acting on it.)
I have something to contribute to the world. Bits of it will be commentary on the news and why you should pay attention. And this year, I expect I’ll have some laughs and groans to share as my life changes 1000 percent. (I’m pretty sure I self-caffeinate enough to achieve 100o percent of anything.) But a much larger portion of what I have to share has to do with sharing my own hard-won pearls of wisdom on careers, the corporate life, marriage and life in general.
So with the realization that Matter of News is far too narrow for me, I’m (sigh – yet again) reviving my blog. I’m going to give it one year – and only one year – to see real, improved growth, engagement (start commenting, folks!) and value.
The new blog’s name requires a touch of explanation.
Along my professional path, I’ve hit just about every road bump and snag. I’ve failed. I’ve gloriously failed. I’ve triumphed! I’ve learned and I’ve grown. Like a diamond under pressure, like a strong tea bag in boiling water, like a perfectly executed manicure , like tried and tested professional exuding their capabilities, I’ve been polished. I’m still being polished.
Polished (graceful, competence, refined, poised or brilliant) is something that you become when you’ve discovered your flaws and worked to correct them. It’s that little extra something that makes you stand out – that gives an impression of what you’ve been through and what you can do. To me, being polished is important.
And, this year, 2015, promises to be a year of extraordinary change for me and Mt. Man. Our life will look completely different in about 6 months’ time. And the Greek letter “delta” ( Δ ) symbolizes change. (Yes, that is one of the only things I recall from my high school chemistry class. That and how to pronounce stoichiometry.)
But change alone is not what I’m after. Change will come whether I want it to or not. I want to take these many changes with polish.
Polished Delta. Polished Change.
That is what my next year will be about. As much as I have changed and polished, I hope I can grow further and share what I’ve learned along the way to help others do the same.
Please be on the look out in the coming weeks for the site PolishedDelta.com to pop up. Anyone who comes here will be redirected.
Thank you to all who have followed MatterofNews. You have know idea how special it made me feel when I saw that so many saw my posts. I hope this transition will be as welcome to you as it is to me.