Why I Blog
Repost
15 March 2021

After many years of contemplating and 50+ unsatisfying hours learning HTML and web design, I launched a personal website. Despite my previous investment, I always failed at finding the rationale; I had nothing to sell and writing seemed like more of a liability than an asset. It wasn’t until I found David Perell’s Twitter feed that changed my mind. If you are unfamiliar, David is known as “The Writing Guy” on Twitter, a moniker he earned from sharing wisdom on the power of writing(@david_perell). One of his bits of wisdom is how the personal website becoming the new resume. For my new stage in career, it was worth trusting him. I needed a space to share my data science projects and thoughts and control their presentation. By distilling the projects in blog would convert what would be a Kaggle submission or Github repo into a shareable asset.

Another reason I am here is that I enjoy writing. I used to hate it when writing long investment reports for a boss who was only interested in a presentable memo for executives. This manager – who was a cross between Dwight Schrute and Mr. Smithers – was critical of writing style as it had to too much ‘presonality’. He wanted every investment memo to be alike that you could not tell that memos had different authors. This bland style of writing was nauseating to produce. However, my writing spirit was rekindled when my frist paper in my Data Science for Business comms class received excellent feedback from my professor. He taught the power of story-telling in business communication and impressed that on student’s writing. He always commented on the character of my writing which he rewarded generously. My classmates also praised my writing on group projects (even though I felt lost on technical side early-on) and I ended up writing and editing most group papers – and actually enjoing it.

I will often go outside of data-specific posts as I have many interests and opinions to share. My long-term goal would be write a thesis driven book – or even perhaps a fiction novel(?). Every blog post that I write here will help me improve my writing and get closer to possibility of producing something worth reading :)

Enjoy

JM