While I usually write for the reader on topics of self awareness and enhancing happiness this post is a bit different. This post is a personal confession and contains some logistical information to my readers. I’ll get back to important matters like happiness in coming articles.
I confess that I’m new to this blogging thing. It’s very much an on line experiment I don’t know if I’m doing it well and there is a lot that I don’t understand. But I do know that action is the best way to learn.
The first big confession I want to make is to the registered subscribers that sign up on this blog.
If anybody knows what I’m supposed to do with the registered subscriber thing or could help me understand what it is all about, please let me know.
I don’t know what a registered subscriber is and I don’t know what happens when you sign up. The link for this is in the upper right hand corner of the blog page. I don’t know why people do this. One guess is that these posts are emailed to them so that they don’t have to go to my site. But I don’t know if this is true.
I know blogs have feeds that allow you to do many cool things. I don’t know what these cool things are but I hope to educate myself out of this ignorance over time.
If there isn’t a good reason to have this subscriber feature, perhaps someone will tell me how to disable it. For now I just figure that the people signing up know why and that it is worthwhile for them.
I found out I could change subscriber access settings that would allow them to do things like write and post articles. I don’t think it’s a good idea to just let anybody post whatever they want so I disabled this feature. If there is someone that would like to guest author an article, I’m happy to post it. It must of course be relevant to improving the emotional quality of people’s lives.
My motivation to write
There are a number of reasons that I write articles and post them here to the site.
One of the reasons is that writing is a creative outlet. When I coach individual clients, teach seminars, or take people on spiritual retreats I always do something different. If you show up to two classes, even if they are advertised the same, you will find that I present different material. This is true even for things that look straight forward like Four Agreements classes.
I would be bored teaching the same canned material. I prefer to do what inspires me for each event. In my old life as an engineer I didn’t know I had such creativity. However something happens when you unmask your authentic self. You find a joy in creating and expressing your self that wasn’t there before. Life just wants to burst out in so many different ways. Writing in this blog is a way to let out some of my ideas about happiness, the mind, and insights on changing the emotional quality of life.
These articles are also a way to promote the collection of exercises that make up my Self Mastery course. These exercises are downloadable mp3 audio that you can listen to on your computer or in an mp3 player like an iPod. They are an ordered progression of steps for getting a hold of your attention, becoming the witness observer, and dissolving the stories and emotional drama. I figure that the more I write helpful material, the more people will want to explore further and see just how far this journey can go.
This whole process of promoting my online self help program has led to this blog experiment. It’s also led to finding out that I don’t know what I am doing. It’s a fascinating process of discovery through trial and error. It’s also just like the process of finding happiness and learning in life. In all of these cases thank God someone has run down the path ahead of us and can help guide us on our way.
One of the things that I have attempted in promotion of this website is to submit my articles to Blog Carnivals. Blog Carnivals are where bloggers list a number of articles from various blogs on the same topic. This allows a reader who is interested in a certain topic to find a lot of articles on that topic in one place.
If you are interested in reading what people are writing about on Happiness you can go to the Happiness Carnival and find links to multiple blogs with articles on that specific subject. Below are some of the places that I have submitted my articles and have been referenced in blog carnivals. If you are looking for more material to read, check out these blogs for their articles. You can also go to the carnival posts to find articles from other blogs.
The world is a big place. And it seems that this internet thing can be used to connect us a little bit closer instead of just isolate our selves in front of keyboards.
That’s enough of a personal confession and shameless promotion for now. I’ll get back to writing and posting some more focused material on developing self awareness and gaining self mastery this week. It should be up before I head off on my Spiritual Retreat to the Ancient Pyramids of Mexico at Teotihuacan.
I suggest 5 minutes of solid laughter for penance.