Blogging and Personal Authenticity

Frankly, I held off on blogging because of fear. What would people think about my writing? What if I ran out of things to say? Would it create pressure and become like “work”?

I decided to blog ultimately after reading Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography. I felt it was a bit sad that Jobs rushed to work with a writer at the end of his life to “get his story out.” I thought instead that it would be cool to share my day-to-day life with my children right now.

And, I’m now glad that I blog. My children read the blog and they have a different lens with which to see their father. I’ve also found writing to be a great release. I meet a lot of people and try to read a great deal. Writing somehow lets me synthesize what I’m seeing in the world.

Admittedly, some of my posts are pretty personal. But, I decided a while ago to live a life of authenticity. Some people like my blogging, and some people don’t. Do I care about what people think? Honestly, I do. But, have I worked hard to put that low in my life? Yes. Absolutely.

My work is my own: no ghost writers, no editors, no PR firm. I write what I want to write. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with blogging solely for business and to help craft a certain image in the marketplace. I think that’s cool and it has been very effective for many VCs.

But, it’s not what I want. With my writing, I want to challenge readers and myself. I want to write about new things and odd things that catch my eye. I want to be “true.”

Last, I’ve found blogging to be a great way to connect with people. Recently, for example, a blog reader reached out to me. We got to know each other somewhat through Twitter.

He has a new start-up idea, and we quickly talked about his personal motivations, which included overcoming a difficult divorce. I guess we really “cut to the chase” in our discussions because we felt that we already knew each other somewhat.

In other words, by putting myself out there and seeking vulnerability, it has led to more rich interactions. I’ve blogged in the past about the “power of vulnerability” based on some research, and I’ve found it to be true:

It’s natural to want to avoid vulnerability, but when we do so, we actually avoid happiness, too. That’s because we cannot selectively filter our world, and when we block out vulnerability, we block out upside, too. We have to take on all that life offers, the good and the bad.

So, I’m a father, a spouse and a VC. And, I’m now a blogger.

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