Last night I was having dinner with my friend William Mougayar. We were discussing the potential illegal alien problem that Canada is going to have post American election.
We met online via the comment section at AVC. We had Skyped, but had never met physically until this year. We invested in a company together that is doing well. Route This is working on some cool stuff. He has made two trips to Chicago in the last month.
He is in this time to talk Bitcoin/Blockchain and insurance.
William has started to blog everyday at his website, Startup Management. I am excited to read him everyday because we need more people blogging about Bitcoin that thinks about it thoughtfully. William is one of those people. I hope you can visit his site. If you want to learn about Blockchain, it will be a good spot.
I started blogging because I initially wrote some articles for Pajamas Media. When the world financial system melted down, I wanted to explain to people what was happening. The first one I wrote was about how Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen took care of his cronies on Wall Street. I still think we would have been better off letting them go bankrupt.
Then, I started seeing public policy that was all wrong. The stimulus, Obamacare, and most importantly something I was familiar with, Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank is some of the worst public policy the US has ever passed. For a lot of topics, before I write the blogpost I search the topic on the internet. I read other things that other people have written. For example, in thinking about basic income it’s been helpful to read and listen to what Albert Wenger thinks about it. Over time, it evolved and it still evolves.
For some, it’s intimidating to blog everyday. My partner Kenny would tell you that he’d rather go to the dentist. One thing that I know is that things can change. There are blogs I wrote a few years ago that I have changed my mind on. If you are a creative thinker, you evolve. I suppose if I were going to run for office, the opposition people would be all over my blog and twist and construe everything I have written. But, in Illinois, it’s hard for a Republican to even get elected dog catcher.
By putting your thoughts and opinions out in the ether, you are guaranteed to piss some people off. You will find out who your friends are. I am glad there are bloggers out there. I read a lot more of them than I do newspaper reporters because they are real. They are biased, but usually they are pretty public with their biases and so you can read that into what they are saying. Reporters are biased too, but as we found out in this election they try to hide it. As Glenn Reynolds says, “When you think of them as Democratic Operatives, you aren’t far from the truth.”
If you are a regular reader, thanks. I appreciate it. If you are new, I hope you come back.
The important thing is to be true to yourself if you are going to blog. Don’t be vanilla. You don’t have to be a molotov cocktail thrower, but people don’t remember vanilla. Share information that you are learning. You go through highs and lows. Sometimes you get on a roll, and sometimes it’s hard to find things to write about. But, if you wake up every morning and just do it, a habit forms.