001. first post

Anyone else find it really difficult to start a blog? Just me? I’ve probably written and re-written this post a dozen times. The problem is this: I have all these ideas for posts and things I want to write about, but I’m having a hard time finding a theme to it, and without a theme, I’m not sure how to introduce the content. As a product manager, I’m thinking of user needs, user stories, and the why of what I’m doing all the time. When it comes to this blog, although the idea has been in my head for probably close to three years now, I haven’t really been able to really concisely define that main use case.

The content I want to write about is in the realm of self-improvement, life-improvement, or life-discovery-in-the-name-of-improvement. If you’re looking for motivation on why you should be improving your life in the first place, that’s probably not what you’ll find. If you want to make your life easier, better, or more optimized, this might be a good resource for you!

So what are you going to find? Let me explain a few things about myself first, so you can see my perspective.

As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve been impatient for things to be better, including myself. It’s been a primary driver of my whole life. My mom often summarizes this desire in a quote from my childhood. After telling me to slow down several times, my mom quipped at me, “You have to walk before you can run!” My response has always been, “I don’t want to run, I want to fly!”

Not only am I impatient, and seeking to improve, but I really like the scientific method. Science was always my favorite class, and I’ve worked in both biochemistry and electrochemistry labs. I find that the world makes the most sense to me when I’m looking at it like a scientist. Some of my posts will describe my activities as “experiments,” because that’s the lens I find most helpful.

Remember, kids, the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down!

Adam Savage, source

The goal of science is discovery, and the key to improving my life is understanding it. Isn’t a good way to understand things to analyze hard data? I anticipate some of my posts will center around themes of “quantified self” and how to capture data you can use to improve your life.

So basically, you can look at this blog as an organized lab notebook of me experimenting to improve my life. If you find yourself reading this post, I sincerely hope that you find something useful here. Anyway, welcome!

The words bit of growth
A hand-lettered, more literal interpretation of Bit of Growth.

PS: Why the name “Bit of Growth”? I use technology (bits) to enable myself to grow, and a little bit of growth every day adds up to big change!

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