This weekend, I did something scary and invigorating. I took a thing that I had made, and I shared it with the world. In case you missed the announcement on my social media feeds, I’ve started a tech blog called Prosumable that publishes weekly roundups of the most important technology news people need to know. It’s the product of a lot of planning and hard work, and it may be the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on. Also, it very nearly didn’t see the light of the day.
A couple of months ago, I was overwhelmed by a massive wave of creativity. I can’t be totally sure where it came from, but I think it might have been my mind’s way of coping with the fact that my educational career was coming to an end. Regardless, I found myself constantly coming up with ideas for things I wanted to write, and I felt like I was going to blow up if I didn’t get some of those ideas out into the world. I interpreted this to mean that I needed to get back into a habit of weekly blogging, and so I did (without making a big deal about it in case I couldn’t keep up). But even as I began crafting and releasing new content each week, I still felt overwhelmed by this creative energy that I just couldn’t shake.
And the more I reflected on it, the more I realized that what I wanted to create was something completely separate from what I had made before. Yes, I love my blog and the flexibility it gives me to share my thoughts about a wide range of topics with the world, but spilling my guts once a week about whatever was on my mind just wasn’t going to be enough. I realized that my interests, which tend to be pretty widespread, were starting to cluster around a few central issues that I was spending most of my free time researching and thinking about. And all of these issues were within the world of technology.
The idea for Prosumable didn’t hit me all that once. It was something that had to sort of build through reflection and refinement. But the more my mind reeled with this creative energy, the more the idea took shape until one day, I realized I had created an entire project in my head that I was absolutely in love with and couldn’t bear to keep contained any longer. And that’s when I decided to make Prosumable, not just as an idea in my head, but as a real thing in the real world.
So I started practicing, and I quickly realized that making something—even something that I love and have a passion for—is much more difficult than dreaming about it. So for the last couple of months, I’ve been researching, collecting tech stories, and practicing synthesizing those stories into articles that are appealing and understandable to people who aren’t as interested in technology as I am. I didn’t just want to bring my dream into reality; I wanted to do it well. And that took time and hard work as I prepared to go public.
When I first started working on Prosumable, I set a launch date of May 20, the first weekend after my graduation. But as that date approached, my enthusiasm gave way to something else: dread. I started talking myself out of it, saying things like, “No one’s going to read that anyway,” and “Much smarter people are doing this much better than you are. Why bother?” Then I considered pushing the date back until I could hone my craft and get it just right. By May 19, I had pretty much decided that the project was dead in the water.
But something about it wouldn’t let go. For whatever reason, I really felt like this was the right thing for me to be doing right now. Am I the most qualified person in the world to be commenting on trends in technology? No. Is the content I’m creating for the site perfect? No. Is sustaining the model I’ve committed myself to going to be easy? No. But for some reason, I felt the need to create this, and depriving myself of that creative outlet and the world of my creation (imperfect as it may be) would just be wrong.
So here I am, and here it is: Prosumable. My new, shiny creation that I almost gave up on at the last minute. I’ve been through the entire emotional spectrum of creating something new, and I’ve come out on the other side enthused, encouraged, and excited about the future. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you, and thank you to everyone who has checked out the site and offered support. This project is still in its infancy, and I can’t wait to form it into something great. I made a thing, it’s a thing that I’ve released into the world, and I couldn’t be happier about it.