Its great that each day now I hear about people enjoying to read my blog. Of course that is the first purpose I had when I first started this blog , to share my experiences starting up a company and transitioning from corporate America to entrepreneurship & small business. I remember the conversation in a New York diner, with Greg Schwartz and a few friends, as I was talking about quitting the day job at Deutsche Bank, they thought I was crazy, and that it would awesome to read the journey and see what happened after I left!
And the name of the blog – Happiness in Pursuit, it comes from the OPPOSITE of the Will Smith movie “Pursuit of Happyness” because that movie is about Will Smith (or whatever his name was in the movie) trying to GET INTO CORPORATE NEW YORK AMERICA / WALL STREET. This blog is me doing the exact opposite- TRYING TO GET OUT OF CORPORATE AMERICA IN NY! haha, that was the idea of the blog’s name. for the blog name, I do have the domain happinessinpursuit.com but still just use my personal name for now, michaelmichelini.com – thinking to use the happinessinpursuit.com as a blogger network of those with the same goals and ideas.
I have about 3 paper journals I have back in my Florida that I was writing since 1997! I flipped back once, and it was pure emotional about crushes on girls, disputes with people over gossip, hating certain classes…..but writing it down helped me.
But those paper journals I wrote as if no one was EVER GOING TO READ IT. I even wrote in the journal through my university years, but once I got into corporate america….I stopped. Well, actually a girlfriend in summer 2003 read them while I was in my New York job orientation meeting….and hated me for about 2 or 3 days….so that knocked the wind out of me for a few years in keeping a journal at all. So most of my corporate america days aren’t recorded in any journal.
But now that I am being reminded each day of people being touched by my blog here, it makes me feel good, but it also adds a bit of pressure on me – should I worry about what I write for offending someone? Or should I tone down what I am writing for fear of it getting misinterpretted?
I always tried to write this blog as if I were writing my own journal entry back in high school, but having it published on the internet has to make me hesitate a bit.
I just want to stay genuine with this blog, and have to realize the reason people like the blog is because its REAL. It isn’t some covered up, generic articles. Its my real feelings, my real experiences, in almost real-time.
Strange thing is, I rarely had comments or interaction on my blog until maybe a year or so ago, and even lately its picking up even more.
I have to believe a lot of that is because of social media – and I integrated this blog into facebook, twitter, linkedin, and others. People love reading motivational ideas, getting real life analysis, and there are MORE PEOPLE ONLINE then ever before. Its just so true, the world is truly going cyber. Cyber friends, cyber business relationship, What is real, and what is cyber?
Anyway, just wanted to thank you guys for reading, and hope I don’t let it get to my head too much, and can try my best to keep this genuine.