The punch in the face I needed to restart writing here. Also, gapingvoid is awesome.

It’s been too long since I’ve been here.

I can almost see the digital cobwebs hanging from the site.

That’s about to change.

While I had begun to seriously consider looking for another job, the process got accelerated a bit by losing the one I had. I might go into detail on that later, but for now, it’s a bit of a sore tooth I don’t want to wriggle.

That’s one big change.

I’ve been “researching” and “thinking” about updating Spikey Katfish for months now.

Never doing though.

I like to say “always be shipping” and “good enough is sometimes good enough” and “perfection is the enemy of the good.”

Acting on those beliefs . . . . not so much.

The image that leads this post was in my inbox this morning and was a little bit of a slap in the face, like, “yeah, been doing that.”

Time to stop not doing stuff.

Wait. Yeah, OK, that did make (some) sense.

My goal this year is to stop imagining the perfect while not even working towards good. Maybe along the way I’ll hit perfect now and then.

So here’s to more doing.

Work With Me — Writing/Content Strategy

For anyone who needs, or knows anyone who needs, writing and/or marketing advice/support, contact me. I’ll be creating a “Work With Me” page with more details, but don’t hesitate to reach out: or in the comments below.

Blogs, case studies, articles, infographics, etc. — if words go into it, I’ve written it over the last 25 years.

On the marketing side, content strategy, email campaigns, inbound — I’ve nearly a decade of experience there as well, particularly with HubSpot. For anyone who doesn’t know me, many folks I’ve worked with over the years have said kind things about me on my LinkedIn profile:

Anyway. More later.

More Energy

For the first time in years, I’m managing to lose weight. I’ve just about got off the extra holiday chub that I added and back to just being as fat as I had been.

There’s something about seeing “morbidly obese” in your doctor’s note that spurs action.

Drinking less frequently. Weights. Walking daily. Fewer chips. More fruit and vegetables. Smaller portions. Holy hell, who knew that shit all worked!!!! 🙂

Over the year, I expect that having more energy will lead to better writing here and, fingers crossed, more and happier clients!

Next Steps

The first step is this. These words here. A bit of a promise to myself to be here, be present, and be accountable — even if only to myself at first.

Then it’s a decision to make — is freelance a full-time possibility or do I want to work in an office/for someone again? (OK, sure, I’ll still be working for “someone”, but you know what I mean.)

Open question. As I sit and think now, I find that I really enjoy writing. Stringing the words together in a pleasing configuration makes me happy.

And I realized that the best complement I ever received as the editor of inform was a reader who said they ripped an article out of the magazine, put in on their bosses desk and said “this is what I’ve been trying to explain we want to do and why” and that launched the approval for a project that helped the business.

I want to write stuff that helps.

Time to get going on deciding how to spend the rest of my career doing that.



    1. Thanks, Dan. Weird, it’s been a struggle for years and, suddenly, not as much (though I am FAR from perfect and never will get to 100% healthy eating — one must have Popeyes and Taco Bell once in a while!).

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