I used to write

I used to write.

There was a five-year period of my life when writing was a consistent and significant “deliverable” of mine.

Writing had also became a form of catharsis for me. I would block out big chunks of time to process what I was learning and then write about whatever was on my mind. I would publish on either my personal blog or the Soderquist blog at least weekly. I did this consistently for several years, starting c. 2006 until about 2013.

I dug up a few of my favorites and most viewed posts:

  1. Premature
  2. In the Jaws of Constraints
  3. LeaderSkilz
  4. On finding contentment in your work

Then, in 2014, I stopped writing. Life changed quite a bit for us that year. We adopted our daughter and started a business. Time became scarce, and that became my excuse. I could barely keep up with day-to-day life. There’s no way I could make time for writing. Looking back, I realize that was a time when self-reflection and writing could have been even more cathartic.

Fast forward five years to three days ago. I typed in the url of my blog and discovered that it had disappeared. Gone. The most recent server backup I could find was from 7 years ago.

This jolted me (in a good way). I started thinking about all the new lessons I’ve learned and ideas I have and things I want to share.

So, I think it’s time to start contributing again. About what and in what format, I’m not exactly sure.

What I am sure of is this:

  1. My life has become exponentially more intense, colorful, time-strapped, blessed, and exhausting than I could have ever imagined 5 years ago.
  2. My view of the world has gone through a seismic shift since then.
  3. My role as a leader is very different now. Starting a business is fun. Building and managing a business is harder and more humbling than I ever imagined. So many lessons I need to process and share.

More to come. Thanks for reading.

P.S. I was able to use the Wayback machine to recover some of my old posts.