I recently had a conversation with my girlfriend about what I wanted needed for Christmas. My unofficial New Years resolution is to cook more for myself, so I told her pots and pans was on my wish list. She said “Did you ever think as a kid, that you’d be asking for pots and pans for Christmas instead of toys?”
I paused for a second. “No I guess not,” I said to her. I said to myself “Does this make me a boring adult?”
Later that night I was getting ready for bed and the thought of pots and pans continued. I thought about how I bought the bed I was about to get in to, paid for rent on the apartment, for the light I was about to turn off, the electric bill that kept the light on, and the paint on walls. All the things around me were things that I had earned myself, and it felt good.
The next morning as I went through my usual ritual of checking email, tweets, blogs, etc, the thought of pots and pans continued to clank around in my head. This blog is starting to get a few regular readers, most of which I met online through one way or another. I’ve made some really great connections with folks on Twitter that I’ve never met. I have reading list of blogs I by people I’ve really come to know and admire through their writing. Hell, I even have a job doing what I love online because I put a lot of effort this time last year into building a website and making sure my online resume was up to par. The point I’m trying to make is that my online life/persona/personal brand/community/whatever you want to call it is the exact same as my room: made up of things I’ve earned for myself, one at a time.
Most people don’t think of their website or a blog being along the same lines as their bed. You work, you save up money, you buy a bed, and you sleep comfortably in it (how comfortably depends on the price, and essentially, how much you worked to earn the money). A blog you just create, most times for free. But you have to work and pour your time and effort into a blog to make it anything worthwhile (something I’m learning the more I read and grow this blog myself; the pillows still need some fluffing). The most comfortable, most rewarding things are the those that you put the most amount of time and, sometimes, discomfort into obtaining. Online and off.
What’s something (real or virtual) that you’ve put a lot of work into/towards that you’re proud to say you earned yourself? What’s something you own/enjoy that you shamelessly admit to getting without any effort? Would you enjoy it more if you got it yourself?