Do I Contradict Myself?

“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

~ Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”

my brother's Walt Whitman tattoo

My brother’s incredible Walt Whitman tattoo.

This month marks the five year anniversary of this blog and this Walt Whitman quote is one of my favorites of all time. It explains this site and myself perfectly.

If you dug through the underbelly archives of this site, you’d see that there are some posts that are totally contradictory to what this site is about. When I started LifeDev in August of 2006, it was a productivity blog (like every other blog at the time). Then I switched to writing about creativity, and I still try to stick to that topic, but really now I just write about whatever tickles my fancy.

There is no ‘5 Year Plan’ for this site, no real underlying theme and definitely no grand scheme to make pantloads of money. In fact the only thing that has remained the same around here is that I do the writing (for better or worse).

The problem with writing for five years across different topics is that at some point, you’re going to contradict yourself. I’ve done it many times here. I’ve changed–hopefully for the better–as a person and a writer over the past five years.

It’s taken me a long time to realize that the biggest benefit I get from this site isn’t money, or opportunities, or a microphone. The best part about writing here is that it’s a release for me.

I love writing in it. I have no set editorial schedule, I have no topics that I have to cover, and I stopped letting other people write here (with a few very rare exceptions). This site has helped me grow as a person more than anything, and I’m ecstatic that anyone else reads it and finds value from it.

So when someone calls me out for contradicting myself, I have to agree with them. I have contradicted myself many times.

Someone who sings the same tune every day for the rest of their life isn’t growing and learning.

Oh, and I can’t tell you how privileged I am to have the readers I do. Thank you. So here’s to five more years of flip-flopping and contradicting myself in such a way that would make Mr. Whitman proud.

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