This is a post is one of many firsts. This is my first personal blog post (see here for my first professional blog post). This, obviously, is also my first post in 2019. And, more excitedly, this is my first post using blot.im.
Why even write? There’s so many other blogs out there
Great question! There’s a few reasons why I’ve decided to take this on, with the common theme revolving around capturing thoughts.
- First and foremost, this is a hat-tip to my childhood — growing up in my parents’ bookstore. I voraciously read books and often wrote “summaries” for other kids who may be interested in a specific title.
- I went from quick notes on books to copious note-taking while studying as a scientist. The compulsory record keeping in bounded lab notebooks regarding all observations, proposals and references to experiments has stayed with me until today.
- I belong and contribute to several communities. This spans professional topics such as Product Management and Cybersecurity to identifying as a Filipino American. I realize I’m not all work or all play. I want a place to showcase a fusion of my interests into one. If you want to see more of my professional interests, see here.
Anything else propelling me to write?
Well, let’s face it. Writing is in vogue.
Many folks on Twitter and Product Hunt are now fascinated with writing. There are a plethora of apps (mobile, desktop, browser) and product add ons (i.e. cloud storage document services such as Google Docs) to get your thoughts down. I’m guilty of installing a number of these apps (post to come about my thoughts and experiences with them) and reading through those linked articles and more.
Some time in 2018 I realized I wanted to explore more long-form thoughts in response to my own “information hoarding , something I’ve coined for the large aggregation of short bits of information. I recently found this quote and has inspired me to check the daily deluge of information (articles, newsletters, emails, tweets, etc):
Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displaces, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.
- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
What to expect?
The current description to this site states that these posts will be
Musings from mispellings to mockups. And that’s about it. I anticipate this will explore my travels, coffee fandom, things I’ve created, and my hometown, San Francisco. I’ll tag these posts appropriately to filter appropriately.
Feel free to reach out and chat!