I have a confession.
I said back in June that I was going to take a sabbatical, work on other projects, and come back to the blog. Well, I wouldn’t say I lied exactly, because I did intend to do just that. But, it’s become clear in the meantime that it’s time for me to move on.
When I started this blog back in April 2008 it had a clear purpose: I was planning my book on power. I wanted a platform to work out my ideas, get feedback, connect with others, and have a writing discipline.
So, you could say, mission accomplished: I did write the book, did connect with others, did get feedback (thank you!), and definitely did develop a writing discipline. The book came out at the beginning of the year, and it’s gratifying to see how the various threads in the posts came together, including the corrupting influence of power, using power legitimately, the loneliness of those in high power roles, developing personal power, and the challenges of privilege and power.
But the blog has done more than just helped me write a book. My research and writing has also opened up many doors, and created more opportunities than I imagined. And so, while I’m going to stop blogging here, I’m continuing my work on power and leadership, in other ways, and in other places. I’m excited about the things I’m working on, and look forward to sharing them, when they are ready.
I’m going to leave the blog up, for those interested in reading through the posts. The posts here are not just about power, but an equal number of posts are on creativity, learning, change, teamwork, habits, social change and social action, politics, and well, more on change and learning.
I found it was a lot easier to write a beginning post than it was to write an ending one! I struggled so much with what to say and how to say it that I even found myself Googling, “how to write a break up letter.” Then I thought that was silly (and not particularly helpful), so I then Googled, “how to end a blog post,” which was even more useless. I came across a number of sites that criticized me for giving up, gave me tips on why my blog was dying, and told me how to motivate myself. None of that spoke to me, and none of that captured my situation, my reason for ending the blog. It’s simply because this particular project feels complete. I’d like to do other things, and I’d like to share my ideas in other ways.
But it has been insightful, because it made me realize how hard it is to change, and how complex it is to justify changing, and doing it in public. Which reminds me, I even wrote about that, too.
So, here’s to changing. As my good friend Walt Whitman says, we contain multitudes. And to live those multitudes we have to make the occasional pivot.
Thanks so much for reading, following, commenting, and not commenting. I’ve enjoyed this community and platform, and I’ll be back with more to share.
By the way, I was having a little stroll down memory lane, and as I looked over my 200+ posts, I saw that, using comments as a basis, these were most popular blog posts:
What was yours?