What’s it all about: Alfie

OK, so I’m not Alfie. But at least I have your attention.  (Sorry, the free software won’t load my 7-second audio clip, so just hum it to yourself.

So, Larry, why did you decide to start a blog? That’s the question I expect from friends and family when they hear that I started this blog.

Well, I wanted a way to express myself. And a blog seems to be a pretty good format for that. It seems easy to do if you have:

  • the slightest urge to write or express your opinions
  • some decent blog software, and
  • a bit of a nudge.

I guess I had all three, so why not?

THE URGE: Having been a self-employed business and project management consultant for 16 years, I can’t seem to get the urge to speak, write, teach, and espouse out of my system. See my LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/larryaaron. A blog would be a great way to get that energy out of me and get the word out too — you know, free advertising and promotions. 

A blog would be an outlet for my philosophies of life, business, etc.; even something to pass on to my beloved family and friends.  If I never get a chance to write those books, at least I’ll have my say right here (write/hear).  Yes, this also gives me a chance to express my terrible puns without hearing the responsive moans. In addition to having published a  number of journaled technical articles (http://www.aacei.org)  , authored dozens of “On The Level”  insights on business and project management (will try to figure out how to post them or link to them from here), and developed outlines for books on many of the same topics covered by this blog, I enjoy the challenge in converting dry business verbiage into understandable–even enjoyable–reading and training material by using alliterations, systematic models, and light humor.

BLOG SOFTWARE: By usingWordPress (http://wordpress.com) as my blog development and publishing tool, I was able to make some basic decisions and have a blog format ready in about 4 hours, start-to-finish. My first blog was posted the next day. The software was pretty easy to use but it lacked immediate help such as QuikLinks to help topics from unfamilar jargon or topics. Other than that, there’s lots of flexibility and room to change format, style, content later without losing anything.

THE NUDGE: My nudge came from our son who started his own  blog that relates succeeding in althletics (triathlons, specifically) to succeeding in business with a smattering of PC and technology tips thrown in along the way. I’ve enjoyed reading it and have gotten quite a bit out of it. And, after several conversations and readings, I’ll admit that he has inspired me. Thanks, Russ! Check out his latest blog for yourself at: (http://russellaaron.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/3-steps-to-avoiding-information-overload/).  

Recently, I heard an audio interview on the PC with the legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, sharing his wisdom and insights on leadership, lasting success, other life lessons (my alliterations—not Coach Wooden’s). You can skip the first 3:30 of intro to go directly to the interview: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?MediaId={03C43FD1-271E-4FD5-9F4E-76B6D05968C2}. It would be worth the half hour to listen to this mentor of mentors. I’ll post my own reflections about Coach Wooden’s statements in a future blog.

One last reason for this blog: I often like to bounce ideas off of others–so voilá, I’ll ask them here—to the millions of electronically connected conversationalists all over the world.

So that’s it.

I hope in the months ahead this blog will stimulate responses from many readers and will be a source of wisdom to even more. Why? The byline for this blog says it best: No human being has the corner on the market on wisdom.

Follow up questions for my readers:

  1. What wise insights would you like to share with the Internet public?
  2. Do you have a blog? Why or why not?

Posted on May 29, 2011, in Purpose of this blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Looks like you’re off to a good start! I’d recommend adding the share buttons for Facebook and Twitter just in case 🙂

  2. Thanks for your encouragement. Twitter? YES, soon. Facebook? I doubt it; I don’t like the snoop-a-thon.

    But keep the suggestions coming, especially what to put in the sidebars (widgets, links, I don’t quite understand all that yet)

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