I would like to update you on several changes impacting this blog. If you are a regular reader I recommend reading the entire post. If you are short on time skip to parts 3 and 4.
Part 1. Revisiting 2012
To start off, 2012 was a fantastic year for SimoleonSense. We had approximately a quarter of a million visitors and our subscriber base climbed to 10,350 readers. Throughout the year we managed to launch 50 weekly roundups and start a podcast. The podcast was made possible by the kind donations of 22 readers.
Personally, 2012 was a year of volatility. I ended a 7 year relationship and quit my job as an analyst at a hedge fund. Although these decisions were challenging I learned an important lesson (see part 2) and I’m very grateful (for everything that has happened).
Part 2. Lessons Learned
This year I learned about the importance of taking action and being authentic. I was with a wonderful person but we had both changed. Likewise, I worked with the highest caliber individual(s) but I was unfulfilled. I now see that both situations resulted from a lack of self honesty.
My latest realization is that I am unhappy with SimoleonSense. Simply put, I don’t enjoy posting the weekly roundups. The weekly roundups don’t add enough value (to you) and they exhaust time which is better spent creating original content and working on entrepreneurial ideas. As such, the blog must evolve and that’s what the following sections are all about.
Part 3. The New Layout
I spent the past 2 weeks redesigning the blog. I revisited all 4,885 posts and 195 weekly roundups. I decided to keep only the most timeless posts and removed all the weekly roundups as their content was transitory.
I also made the following design changes:
- The about page has been rewritten and includes a mind map of my interests & activities.
- All posts are now searchable by category via the left sidebar.
- Links to personal projects, courses I’m taking, & books I’m reading are available via the right sidebar.
- A direct link to all of my interviews on Vimeo.
Part 4. Going Forward
Going forward SimoleonSense will be repositioned as my personal blog. This means I will primarily share my own: multidisciplinary content, interviews with interesting people, and personal projects. I will occasionally link to exceptional readings (by others). All uncrystallized thoughts and conversations will take place on Twitter.
I have made all of these changes because I’m confident that creating my own content, building my own projects, and having “skin in the game” will add more value than following the crowd.
As always thank you for your time & support.
P.S. If you have any thoughts, questions, or suggestions. Please leave me your feedback or email me at [my first name]@SimoleonSense.com I promise to respond to all feedback.
P.P.S. I understand that burning the ships might lead to losing many of you as readers. It has been an honor to spend the past 5 years curating the web (for you).