Wow; where does the time go? It was this time last year when I plunked myself down in front of my computer and marveled at the fact I’d spent a full year writing 130 posts, and was astounded that I’d found so much to say in such a short time! And now here I am one year later, still feeling like I’ve duped you all into believing that (a) I actually have something worthwhile to say, and (b) that as long as I keep it flowing, none of you will discover what a phony hack of a writer I really am!
So, how did “Year Two” of davidknappfisher.com compare to its fledgling predecessor? That’s an excellent question! As a businessman I tend to look at numbers first, so let’s begin there: The first thing that jumps out is that this year I wrote about 2/3rd fewer posts than last… what?! At first this statistic comes off as quite shocking; but then with a closer look I know why this is, and am totally fine with it. Here’s the skinny:
First off, in Year One I “wrote” lots of posts like this, of which were really just filler to try to keep up with my self-imposed schedule of publishing three posts a week. As you can tell, posting a single video and trying to sound like it changed my life came across as pretty weak. And to be fair, I hadn’t yet met Emma from The Marvellous Mind who is the King (Queen!) of using videos like a boss to make her posts rock, so I can be forgiven for it back then; now that I have a mentor to guide me in this area, I have no excuse.
Next, I’m going to admit that as a rookie I was way too ambitious, which (at times) often resulted in me writing crap I wouldn’t even consider posting today… like what you ask? Oh, I don’t know, maybe this? Either way, this year I decided quality would be king, and therefore chose not to publish anything ether haphazardly, or that I wasn’t proud of putting my name on; a move that I know eliminated a lot potentially bad posts going out into the blogosphere. And while I was becoming more picky about my content, I decided to cut down to two posts per week so I could focus on the aforementioned quality, a move that came just in time – because it was exactly at this point when life got really, really busy.
Since I stopped working around this time last year, you’d think I would have more time on my hands, but in fact it turns out I have less – a lot less! I’ve been so busy meeting people, attending events, connecting, trying to be a good father, (and house-husband) all of which takes up a whole lot of time. And then there was preparing for TEDx Stanley Park which took place last May; and while I count this experience as one of my most rewarding ever, the seven months leading up to it were some of the most mentally demanding my life – but well worth it! Because all my hard work culminated into two awesome things: My live TEDx Talk in front of 450 people, and it’s subsequent video which is fast approaching 1,400 views.
And finally, there was the travelling; and I mean ALL the travelling!
It began in April with 18 days touring around India, then down to Portland Oregon in July to attend the wickedly cool “World Domination Summit”, and finally two weeks at the beginning of September in Australia to check out Sydney Opera House before spending time with Paula’s family at Trinity Beach. And while all of these things made for some terrific posts, you can see they also limited the time I had for writing. And looking back now (and under the guise of “quality versus quantity”) I can see why part way through the year I decided to to eliminate a second post, thereby committing myself to writing a single – and high quality – post per week. So now that’s the goal – one post, but a really good one.
With my posts finally under control, and TEDx Stanley Park in the rear view mirror, it was time to make made a major change to the site; before the whole thing was “the blog”; whereas with the addition of the TEDx Stanley Park video I felt I had the crown jewel needed to re-skin my site to be not just a blog, but rather a functioning site to send people interested in my speaking and training offerings. And so, a few different attempts, in July we finally came up with a design we liked, put it together an then unveiled the “new” davidknappfisher.com, a site that isn’t just a blog, but rather a site that included a blog. With this shiny new look, came a shiny new tag line, one that I feel accurately describes my mission, which is to inspire people to achieve great things in their lives. Here’s how it turned out:
And so with the new site up and running, it brings us up to to date on the evolution of my 2 year old blog. It seems to have grown organically, and become more of a “feature” on a site, than the whole site itself. The updated davidknappfisher.com now acts as my calling card; it’s somewhere to send people so they can learn more about what I do, how I do it, and read a few testimonials to help them decide if I’m a good fit for their company. Oh, and if they do like what they read and want to get to know me a little better, they click on the blog to get some updated and fresh content. And that, as they say, is that.
And with that, Dear reader, you are now 100% as up to date on this project as I am… does that mean that you are also as confused as I am am about the whole thing?
I wrote that last sentence because I just realized I’m still trying to figure out what the purpose of my blog really is, something that now makes me realize that I’ll probably always be in the “try and figure it out” stage. But I do know this: Writing steadily over the past two years has given me so much to be grateful for. It’s been therapy when I’ve needed to vent over difficult parts of my life, and an outlet for the creative streak that’s always fighting to get out. It’s allowed me to “flush out” ideas so that I can see the paths before me much more clearly, and it’s allowed me to connect with peoples hearts and souls. But I think the biggest thing that my blog has allowed me to do, is simply be me, warts and all. And for that, I’m grateful.
Therefor rather than analyzing it beyond that, I’m choosing to accept that “it is what it is”, and that’s that. I realize that I don’t have all the answers about what makes a person successful in the various areas of life; everything from creating a business, to being a best friend, great spouse or effective and loving parent we can possibly be. But what I do know is that the only way to make progress in anything is to keep working at it, a little bit each day, and try and make a positive difference is someones – anyones – life. And the blog has allowed me to chart my efforts in these things, as well as my speaking, and interactions with all the great people I get to meet. I feel if I keep this up, and write a little bit about my adventures, then one day – one day – success of some kind will find me.
blog website; and many happy returns; and a huge “Thank-you” to those of you who have joined me in this journey, and know that there’s more to come!
Now go out and get your damn DQ ice cream cake, and don’t forget to save a piece for me.