That’s my favorite (non-useful) 105 seconds in the latest episode of Back to Work.
Because everything is connected.1
Speaking of which.
Now. I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here.2
So, let’s move on to a question that should be asked and answered honestly:
Q: Merlin, will you be pimping this new show of yours this often and widely for the foreseeable future?
A: Friend, THAT is a very good and extremely perspicacious and canny question. The honest answer is, yes, yes, yes! Yes, I will. Yes, I will be pimping this new show often and widely for the foreseeable future.
Yes. Yes, I will. And, I will tell you why. Via a sampling of approximately 4.5 reasons:
- For 7 years, I have been systematically beat over the head to “talk more about ‘productivity’”
- For 5 years, I have been systematically beat over the head to “make more (and more consistent) podcasts”
- For 2 years, I have been systematically beat over the head to “do something besides blather about [my] unfinished book”
- For 1 year, I have systematically beat myself over the head to “make the second-ever podcast that I’ve ever been really, actually, genuinely proud of”
So, I’m doing Back to Work with my friend, Dan. We talk about productivity. We record and release it like clockwork. We do way more than blather about my unfinished book.
All of which is well and good. In part because, truly, I am now officially Responsive to The Community. Whatever that means.
But, that most important fourth reason is, yes: I am really, actually, genuinely proud of Back to Work. We’ve made something unique that is (at least by my standards) really polished and approachable without dumbing anything down.
And, completely unexpected to me, the co-host? I’ve discovered that in each of the four episodes we’ve recorded so far, I end up saying something honest and revealing and weird and personal that I had no idea that I even thought or felt before we hit “RECORD.” Which, with all respect, I sure never got while gossiping about what a rumored order for “OLED displays” might mean.
So, yeah. I’ll be talking about this new show a lot. Because it’s my new thing. And, because a person doesn’t get the chance to do that many things that feel special.
I totally understand if you are now or soon will be sick of hearing about this. Because you will certainly not be alone. But—understand this though I do—and, per half of the point of this entire latest episode, I don’t have a lot of control over what anyone else thinks or does or expects. Which I’m actually kind of strangely grateful for.
Thing is: as immodest as I may sometimes seem, I don’t actually love every single thing I make. Not by a long shot. Not by a longity long long long McLongLong shot.
But, I do really love this. And, I really hope you do too.
Why mention this here on my personal weblog—or, “blog?” Easy.
Because, if you take the time to follow this space for anything more than remarks about funny signs, oversaturated photos of a toddler playing with Buzz Lightyear, or scratchy VHS videos of 80s bands you could take or leave, then you are—even on the most superficial level—interested in what I do. On some level. Right? Kinda? Maybe.
If that’s not the case, don’t sweat it. But if it is the case, please try our show (Link | RSS | iTunes).
Honestly? I’d like you to listen because it is me being me and it is me doing something I’m really, actually, genuinely proud of.
And, that is—I promise you—a single-malt of extremely limited production. For now, the foreseeable future, and perhaps many years beyond.
Thank you, and I Love You™.
[FIXED] tweak for clarity, tune word choice, and non-semantically remove instances of suck. (2011-02-09_12-47-19)