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The Art of the Start – and starting to blog

If you’re interested in Software, or Entrepreneurship, you should probably be reading Guy Kawasaki’s blog. In his book,
The Art of the Start, he talks about key things he’s found which work when starting a business, or as he terms it, “Anyone Starting Anything”.

Here’s the overall list:

  1. Make Meaning
  2. Make Mantra – a short description that clearly defines why and how
  3. Get Going
  4. Define your business model
  5. Weave a M.A.T (Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks)

My meaning: The internet is, in my opinion, the ultimate community. I’ve always attempted to “give something back” through the internet. Contributing to an internet proxy called Squid, and writing documentation for it, is one example. Working and supporting Linux is another. I hope to create meaning through my blog by “giving something back” to you.

Another thing to note – my interests are fairly eclectic – I’m not going to be blogging about “just software”, or “just entrepreneurship”, or any specific item. Of course, my focus may narrow in time – but it may also broaden.

Mantra:Shared Insight. Note that I’m not saying “Sharing Insight”. That assumes “insight” will be “given from Oskar to everyone else”. I hope to get insight from others.

Get Going: Start doing something – don’t write up a 300 page document describing what and when and why and who – but get going. I considered writing my own pages from raw html (which is how I normally do this sort of thing when designing sites for customers), or writing my own publishing engine. But wordpress is a quicker and easier tool, and it works right now for this particular use. It gets me going.

Define a business model: Thankfully, I can afford to fund my own website. So I don’t need to do a financial analysis for my blog. But if I’m to give back anything useful through this site, I’ll need to pay attention to things like google pageranks, which are pretty much the commerce of usefulness on the internet. This is still in-progress, of course – the key thing up until now has been the “get going” above.

Determine Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks: You might think that doing this is unimportant in a personal website. I don’t agree – I think personal milestones and goals are as important for an individual as a company. And tracking assumptions and tasks are just as important. I’m sure I’ll cover more on this in future posts. However, for the moment, this item is still also in the initial phases, and is currently taking third place, behind “Get Going” and “Define a business model”.

print “hello world\n”; # My first post

Many years ago friends of mine, Alan and Gillian, decided to move to the United Kingdom.

During those days, I was working at Internet Solutions, and was regularly working through the day, night, and weekends. The Internet was young (at least for South Africans), and we were building a revolution.

We all knew that staying in contact once they left was not going to be my strong point.

In the conversation, I said something along the lines of “Why don’t I periodically send out an email about how I’m doing to everyone I know? It’ll keep you updated as to how I am. Sure, it won’t be personalised, but at least we’ll be in contact. And with my work schedule I am pretty sure my family wants to know what I’m doing too. I could put them on the list too!”

Alan was…. let’s say… “not in favour of the idea”. I seem to remember threats of physical violence if I ever degraded our friendship with mass broadcasts of how I was and what I was doing.

Blogs aren’t very different from what I was describing. So I must admit I enter the world of blogging with a vague sense of trepidation! 🙂

So hello, and welcome to my first blog entry. In my next entry, I’m planning on covering “why” – why I’m blogging, what I hope you’ll get out of it, and what I’ll get out of it. As I’m still discovering who “you” are, I’d love your feedback – drop me comments or notes.

Oh – I’m glad to say that I still count Alan and Gillian among my friends. Even if I am still horribly out of contact with them.