- Honestly, the starter motivation is to just see "Notion document as a personal website" in action. I don't have a lot to say just yet, but will add things over time.
- As of 14 March 2021, this website is brand new, and there's almost nothing here. Until today, markmoriarty.com just re-directed to my Twitter profile.
Thoughts / motivations as I bother putting anything on markmoriarty.com (Click to expand)
- I've learned a lot in the past decade. I'd like to try to bottle some of it.
- Sometimes I have a particular problem, and Google brings me straight to a detailed blog post that totally walks me through the solution. I'm always reading these, but not writing these! Time to give back.
People ask the same questions
"What are you up to these days? How's the startup going? Wait, remind me, what are you working on now? Where do you live? Are you seeing anyone? How are you so naturally good-looking yet humble?" etc. It probably makes sense to have the core skeleton of each answer findable somewhere.
- Thought experiment: If I were diagnosed with a terminal illness, and had a newly born child, I'd write them a LONG letter, or a book, full of advice, right? Things it took me years to learn, that I'd love to teach them if I could stick around. → Surely this collection of notes might be useful for others too?
The principle of a little bit, often
- You can go very far if you walk just a little bit every day.
- As I stare at a nearly blank Notion document now, I think to myself, "huh, I wish I shared more learnings over the last 5-10 years". Presumably, if I don't start today, I'll have a similar thought same in 5-10 years from now.
- "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is today."
- I feel like this list of quotes took me no effort at all. But a few years in, there's ~1,000 quotes to refer to.
- I built Awesound very very slowly, learning to code, figuring it out as I go. But hey, because all the effort was in the same direction (ahem, lots of pivots, but roughly the same direction at least), the result is something actually valuable: people depend on Awesound to run their business.
- I want to get better at writing. Doing more note-taking in public might encourage me to write more, and ultimately write better. It should also encourage me to finish notes. I regularly jot down notes. Typically, I don't sweat the details, or worry about formatting or typos, since it's not obvious I'll ever read them again future. But sharing notes in public forces a higher bar.
"Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you" – Austin Kleon, author of Show Your Work! via Peter Duffy