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Leading dual lives

A pair of rhinos

As you may or may not know, in addition to helping my own business, I also write and blog elsewhere. Several elsewheres, to be more precise. One or two of you who do know this find it a bit odd.

On more than a couple of occasions, I’ve been asked why I don’t consolidate everything from my other blogs, or do other writing work, under one umbrella.

It’s an interesting question, and there are two answers to that question.

A matter of fit

A lot of what I do outside of my brand (if you want to call it that) is outside for a reason — it doesn’t really mesh with the focus, aims, and types of work that I do. That applies to my blogging (paid or personal) and my freelance writing work.

Sometimes, especially with blogging, there is some overlap and I reuse posts between this blog and my other blogs. Since I everything I publish on my blogs is under a Creative Commons license, sharing it isn’t a problem.

But the other work that I do — be it writing or paid blogging — isn’t material for the umbrella of scottnesbitt.net. That said, I often do point to my web site, this blog, and my Twitter feed in my bio when writing. Hey, a little shameless promotion can’t hurt!

I need the separation

If you know me, you understand that beneath my somewhat placid facade lies a restless person. Not ADHD restless, but someone who is sometimes flighty and and at all times curious about a lot of things.

And while I’m passionate about writing, there’s more to my professional and intellectual and personal lives than that. Much more. If I was to focus solely on writing, I’d probably get bored and cranky rather quickly.

Doing other writing gives me a much-needed outlet for my creative urges and my curiosity. And the fact that I can make a few bucks while doing it is a bonus.

But the real bonus is that this outlet exposes me to new ideas and new writing techniques. I can, for example, apply ideas and concepts from my writing blog to my musings on personal productivity.

It’s a strange and at times beautiful symbiosis. Moving between those those worlds gives me perspective and also refreshes my mind. I’m not as burned out as I sometimes felt half a decade ago.

More to life

No, doing all of that doesn’t take up all of my time. It seems that way sometimes, but I do spend as much time as I can with my wife and daughter. I also try to spend as much time as I can reading, thinking, and learning other things.

For me, living those two lives actually does create the personal, professional, and mental balance that I need. I’m not quite where I want to be but that will come.

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