Fred Wilson wrote recently about “Finding Your Voice” using technology. It really struck a chord with me.
Like Fred, I started blogging at 42 (ie, this year). I’ve enjoyed writing journals at times (ok, that was about 20 years ago) and think there’s something powerful in getting your thoughts and feelings on paper. It’s clarifying and at times cathartic. But I never blogged because I was always self-conscious about what I wrote and what others would think. The mere process of proofreading a blog, for example, is like proofreading a journal. It feels contrived and meant to create an impression rather than express your thoughts.
But truthfully the main reason why I never blogged is because I thought it was kind of lame. I thought VCs and investors did it largely to promote and market themselves. A douchebag move, as my 20-something peers would say. I don’t really think that anymore. Yes, there are douchebags out there. But there are douchebags everywhere. But it ends up that there are some writers like Fred who end up giving back to the community by expressing themselves. (One of my favorites is Ben’s blog, where he gives practical advice but also is very candid about his emotions and psychology.) They share perspective, thoughts and knowledge that are really helpful for founders and others. And of course, there’s an element of marketing and ‘branding’ themselves. But that element is everywhere now. Beyond blogging, services like tumblr, pinterest, nationbuilder and kickstarter all in some way invoke and touch upon a sense of expression and branding in their own way. It’s an inexorable trend, and (arguably) essential today.
For me, this has been very hard to do without feeling self-conscious. Being at SV Angel, I feel like we have a unique view of the market and tech ecosystem. And I still want to write about topics that are personal to me. But it’s hard for me to come up with topics to share without feeling like a douchebag.
So, what should I write about?