a world not yet in existence turns 1 year old!

I’ll admit, “a world not yet in existence” is a mouthful.

But it has a special meaning to me.  I came across the phrase in the biography of Steve Jobs.  Someone was describing Mr. Jobs, and entrepreneurs generally, as humans who are able to close their eyes and imagine a world not yet in existence.  We are all have this capability, but what sets the entrepreneur apart from the rest is that he puts everything into making reality out of the world that exists in his mind.  Most things in our lives today did not existence at some point, and we have these people to thank, or curse, for it.

While this wasn’t my first foray into the blogosphere, it has been my most sustained effort to date.  My first two attempts were music blogs, named, and god bless my younger self, “Moctezuma’s Revenge” and “The Ape’s Nape.”  But the attempts weren’t authentic.  It wasn’t me, so it didn’t last.  Mark Twain says write what you know, and while I love music, it’s not something I know.  And so, I opened shop with a new blog and began writing from the heart.

I was a young man, going through some sort of an existential crisis.  I felt the pressure of a short life on my shoulders, and felt scattered and rushed to find passion in my life; to find a way to make my life meaningful.  So basically, I began journalling.  The random thoughts and daydreams of B. M. Wells.  I guess at this point I can tell you that B. M. Wells is a penname.  Screams author, doesn’t it?  Well, my first name is Benjamin, and my middle name is Maxwell- and thus is the origins of B. M. Wells.  The penname helps me speak candidly, and quite frankly, I love the way it sounds.

As the blog matured I identified consistent themes in my writings and began to organize the site around them:  entrepreneurship, philosophy, and legal thoughts [coming soon: BroHaus].  But they all center around my attempt to understand and make my mark on the world around me.  And while these are essentially mere musings, I have been trying to make the content I post useful to others.  This is a goal I hope to keep going forward as I continue to refine the concepts and themes of the site.  All that said, at the end of the day, its the writing I love.  I’ve since had another blog child- one is specifically devoted to writing.

My fellow bloggers, I’m sure you know the satisfaction of hitting “Publish” quite well.

It feels so good, even when no one is reading.  It makes me conscious of my post quality and encourages me to edit and polish.  The beauty of the blog is that it is whatever you want it to be.  It can transform informal writings into professional pieces.  It keeps the craft of writing at the top of my mind and provides a framework to practice and improve.  And when the traffic flows, it feels all the better, cause hey, we all like a little validation.

So, on this one year commemoration of AWNYE, I’d like to thank every one of you who have taken the time to read a post or two (or three or four!).

You are all awesome.  I’ve enjoyed being a part of the blog community and look forward to continuing to build my relationship with you all.

Take care,

Ben

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3 thoughts on “a world not yet in existence turns 1 year old!

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! I know what you mean about the joy of blogging. It wasn’t until I started writing again after many years of just writing memos and procedures that I remembered how much I enjoyed it. Great post! It captures the essence of why we blog.

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