Unbelievable. In the time I’ve agonized over the theme, direction and purpose of this blog I could have authored a novella. It is with great pleasure that I use this first post to touch on the many topics and potential uses I’ve considered for my new virtual space.
First, I thought it would be a great idea to dedicate the blog to a communication or PR topic or trend related to global development issues. Or, similarly I could track organizations I admire and use the blog as a space to post interesting links, news and related tidbits. Then, I could use this blog as an excuse to be in touch with the organizations (since I know some of them already) and remind them that I might be looking for work when I’m done with this program. Strategic and informative, yes, but then it started to feel like a lot of work. I’m not usually lazy, but I want this to be FUN not tedious. Scratch, for now.
Next, I thought it would be smart to relate it to my capstone project. I don’t know what that will be about yet, but I figured this could be a tool to help me sort through my ideas and come to the highly anticipated Ah-ha moment. In fact, I was so certain this would be the blog topic I wrote the “about” section with energetic ignorance, then discovered just one hour later that I will have to propose my capstone project in just two weeks in a research class (no ideas yet). This blog will be in existence for at least 87 more days, so scratch again. (But I left the “about” section up for now.)
Two hours after I realized I have 13 days to come up with a capstone topic, I had another idea. Why don’t I just relax about this blog and make this fun? I’m always making mental notes about great new websites, ideas and people I come across – typically related to PR, communications or social media, maybe this can be a landing space for these discoveries!
Before I finished forming this idea, but managed to finally win another round of Angry Birds, I heard a woman say, “You know what I like about Microwaves? You don’t have to worry if you remembered to turn it off!” I thought that was hilarious, so I wrote it in my iPhone notes section where I keep all the other random and funny things people (and professors) say. Finally, I had a baby Ah-ha moment (or I’m just craving one so badly I misidentified it for a simple idea). Presto! I will use this space to collect the great quotes, note the innovative organizations, dissect the great tweets and store anything else that I think is worth holding on to. Because so often, great finds are fun and exciting – but only if I remember. This will be my capsule!