I Love the Smell of Ink in the Morning
Last installment I wrote about still loving the smell of ink in the morning. The magic of blank substrate going in one end of an imaging device and coming out the other end as an item of significantly greater value than the blank substrate still captivates me.
Running the siren
My next door neighbor is involved in law enforcement, and recently mentioned how when he got to run the siren on his motorcycle during a 4th of July parade it still gave him the same thrill as when he was a rookie. He has been a cop (his word) at least 10 years, and now works in some pretty heavy duty undercover situations, but has not lost the thrill and passion for the job.
Success is more then financial
I am not necessarily speaking of financial success here either. Writing each of these golden nuggets is honest to god pure joy for me. It is not always easy to sit down at the computer and get started, but once my fingers start typing it is one of the most gratifying business activities I engage in each week. No one pays me to write the golden nuggets, I do it because I love to do it. I love to do it because no less than once a week one of you will comment about how much you like getting the golden nugget email. At first I thought some of you were kidding. I have come to realize most (hopefully all) of you really do enjoy getting my sort of sometimes weekly thoughts about this industry we call home.
I write what I feel
My key to writing good golden nuggets is by and large to go with my gut. I have a great editor for the JimRaffel.com site (Michael Woods) who keeps me on the straight and narrow when I go crazy, but by and large I write about what I want from the perspective I want. As a result my passion of the subject shows. This is not technical writing, and it is not a research paper. The closest category it would fit in is commentary. Just remember commentators get to say what they want, because you allow us too. If no one reads or listens to us our commentary ceases to be meaningful.
To all of you, thanks for allowing me to follow one of my passions. I wish for all of you the same good fortune in your career that you may follow your passion and be engaged in a career that inspires you everyday.