Consolidating consciousness

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As I continue to seek efficiencies and simplify my work life, I’ve come to the conclusion that two blogs is too many. (I’ve already consolidated my Twitter accounts from 3 to 1—don’t ask). So I spent yesterday and today importing the posts from my work-oriented blog into think(feel)be and organizing everything under two categories, life and work, instead of the dozens of categories I had before. This actually mirrors some of the recent simplicity-seeking changes I made to Things, the task management software I rely on to help keep me organized. (In fact, I’m working on a post about that subject, specifically).

In addition to the fact that managing one blog will save me a significant amount of time, there were two other big drivers to my decision:

  1. I felt that my choice of topics was hemmed in by the title, which itself was hemmed in by the domain name: Recruitmentology.com. I had effectively painted myself into a specialty corner, but I find I’m a generalist when it comes to topics that interest me. I don’t want to have to force everything to somehow relate to recruiting, which I felt pressured to do—by my own domain name decision. The end result was a dying blog that I have tried several times to resuscitate without success. So I finally pulled the plug
  2. I am philosophically disinclined to separate my work from my personal life. I have tried (also several times) to create a wall between what I do at work and what I do after hours, but I have been stymied each time because I’m just not someone who does well with walls.

Right now, as in this afternoon, I feel positively unfettered. I can choose to write on any topic that interests me, business or personal, recruiting-related or otherwise. Of course, there are pretty obvious career-related dangers to this method, but, having once been “unconsidered” for a position because of a post on Recruitmentology, I’ve come to the conclusion that if a company doesn’t like what they see here, I wouldn’t be happy working for that company.

Despite all the potential benefits I see from consolidating, it makes me very sad to leave Recruitmentology an empty shell. I invested part of myself in that creative endeavor and I’ve grown attached—as I always do. I was considering putting the domain up for sale, but now I’m having second thoughts. It might take me a bit longer to work through the grieving period than I had anticipated.

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