November 1 marks the fifth anniversary for the beginning of this blog. As I noted last month, one of the top 5 lessons I've learned in 5 years is that planning for the future can be beneficial but the plan itself is almost useless because life is so fluid.
With that said, I won't give you a luandry list of "things to expect in the next 5 years" but rather some general things I know will occur over the next several months:
- Broadening Horizons & Expanding the Dialogue: Avoiding herd behavior and thinking for myself has helped me tremendously in the past several years but I've also learned much from other people. Starting next week, I will begin publishing posts from guest authors. I do not anticipate guest posts to be frequent but I will put as much thought into selecting guest authors as I do the topics I write. Next week's post will be from a long-time TFP reader who happens to be a thought-provoking writer. Stay tuned for that!
- Seeing Projects to Completion: I have several book ideas in my mind, on paper and in electronic documents. 2012 will finally be the year where I begin expanding to other outlets for the themes presented in this blog. The first project will be an Ebook, which will hopefully be ready by the beginning of the year. It will be an annotated book of quotations that will actually do more for the reader than provide inspiring words that fade from the mind and escape personal application. The quotes, along with my notes, will be organized into sections that will methodically take the reader through an awakening progression that can help the reader live an authentic life of meaning and purpose. Other book projects may come later next year.
- Moving to a New Blog Platform: This point is more of a blogger's preference (not necessarily of great interest to most readers) but I will move this blog from TypePad to WordPress. The move should allow me to create a greater look and feel to the blog for a greater overall reading experience and also open the doors wider to dialogue with readers by making the comments section more user-friendly.
Sharing my plans with you helps me to commit to them and make them reality. So I appreciate your enduring this selfish reflection. I look forward to sharing more thoughts with you and hearing more of yours in the years to come...