I’ve had this fear for many years, staring at the blank sheet and wondering if I can ever write something of substance.
Writing has never been my strongest point and I am not an avid reader. I would much rather watch or listen to something. One of the people who I admire in Gary Vaynerchuk, he always says focus on your strengths. But I have decided to challenge my weakness.
I want to see if I can write something once a day, now this has frightened me to my core. The fear is all too consuming I don’t think I have it in me but hey you only live once, right?
I was never an A grade student, but I know that when I put my mind to something I am all in, no half measures for me. So my plan is to document my journey through this writing thing and I hope you’ll join me for the ride. My blog has been sitting for a year without any content, so I have decided to try give this a shot.
So for today my first observation is going to be about the industry I work in. That is the world of digital marketing.
Since the early 90’s when I was on national radio in South Africa. This thing called the information superhighway appeared and I was hooked! This was going to be huge and change our world forever. I was the radio presenter to have a website and to stream my radio show live on the internet. That seems like a lifetime ago, well it was the early 90’s. In 2005 my contract wasn’t renewed which I knew was on the cards for a few years.
I headed over to another radio station and spent two years doing a Saturday night show but I was tired of working weekends as it has been over 16 years of weekend work, my wife Zoe and I had had our first child, a beautiful daughter who we named Jema. Time for a change!
So we did something radical, we decided to leave South Africa and start fresh. Zoe went on a trip to the UK and spent time with friends in Nottingham, friends on a small island in the Irish Sea called the Isle of Man and then off to family in Scotland. She came back and said she liked the Isle of Man. Ok then that’s where we would go. In the March of 2008 Zoe found out she was pregnant and we were planning to pack up and go in the August so we just said let’s do it!
December 2008 Ronan was born and now 9 years later we are still here…
I sure I will write another post about our early days on the Isle of Man but that’s for another time.
Getting back to the digital marketing, I am a Social Media Manager at an agency who I have been with for four years. It interesting thing to think that my job didn’t exist 10 years ago and this just shows how fast things are moving in the digital world. The next few post will be tech and digital related. I am curious about Bitcoin, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Artificial Leaning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, these are still in early days but are going to have a significant impact on our lives.
So there it is, my first post and challenge has started!
I hope you will join me on this adventures and thanks for your time reading this, I hope that you will help me through this process and look forward to building a community.