Why my life is still in beta

As you can see, I've started to work on a new theme for blog.mled.me. I will begin to host the blog on Posterous, consuming mobi.mled.me. A very big THANK YOU should go to Darren from DTD Studio for kick starting that process with an awesome collection of cartoon social media icons. I'm going to try and make those into links to each profile that they represent.

CSS is a nice challenge. The redesign process has made me reconsider what I actually want and need from a blog. I'm not quite at the level of Posterous devotion to promote it as often as Steve Rubel, but I am enjoying the simplicity of platforms like Tumblr and Posterous. Working on the header, I was reminded of a conversation (via DM) I had not too long ago on Twitter.

I was asked about my tag line "my life is still in beta". I started using the line on my first wordpress.com blog because I loathed the default "Just another Wordpress.com blog" message. I thought it was slightly witty and fun, but I honestly didn't give it much thought.

Recently I've come to reconsider that phrase and its relevance to me and the way I lead my life. It was during some of the intensely demanding periods of writing my dissertation that I experienced brief moments of total mental clarity. I get the same sensation when running, being consumed by one tough task allows me to see through to other thoughts and ideas.

My realisation was that I absolutely 100% live by the expression "the thrill is in the chase". I will work with and complete a To Do list but I don't enjoy the concept, instead I like to just have a bullet point list to provide a broad overview of my most serious projects or processes so I have some direction.

I traced the cause of this right back to primary school. I was surrounded by high achievers and I didn't really stand a chance at winning class prizes or awards for sports, but I came away from that school with every badge of honour you could associate with stamina and effort. I won medals at cross country, I received project prizes and endeavour awards. In free time the Scout Association drove my extra curricular activity, offering me the chance to take on different challenges and be what I wanted to be. I developed a rather cynical view of reward, finding it to be a termination point at which a medal or certificate put a stop to activities I enjoyed.

Growing up this apparently continued and I found that people value effort and any help I could give to assist them in achieving their goals. I now know that it is in fact bad to live life solely in the pursuit of others' dreams. At the same time, it is important to play to your strengths.

That (somehow) leads me back to my tagline. My life will always be in beta because that is just how I find the strength to do things. My focus is on the process and I live my life to enjoy the journey.
2 responses
So did the icons and banner stuff get well recieved by your many fans and readers?
Hi Darren! I don't think I have 'fans', per se, but I like it a lot - that's what's important... and I just realised this new theme is missing a link to darwiniantheory.co.uk - I will fix that this evening.

Posterous doesn't seem to let you image map links, so the hot spots on the banner image don't work. Otherwise, very cool, don't you think? How are you anyway? I shall phone...