No. If I wonder how someone is doing these days, it doesn’t help me to see that they went on vacation last week, are upset about something in the news, or even got a new job. That’s not the big picture.
Think of what you’d tell a friend you hadn’t seen in a year.
Like, “Still living in Dallas, though considering moving to Austin. Working at ABC. Really getting into cycling. The kids are age 3 and 6. I’m reading a lot of Pema Chödrön, and listening to a lot of jazz piano especially Brad Mehldau. I’ve stopped taking on web design clients, since I’d rather keep improving my back-end database work.”
That’s what a now page is for. You can’t get that big picture from any other outlets I’m aware of.
Margaret Atwood once said, “You’re supposed to do one thing. If you do more than that, people get confused.”
It’s not just that other people get confused – you yourself get confused. You love all these things, but you feel like you’re supposed to pick one.
My answer to “what do you want to do when you grow up?” is “everything.” Which is born out by my coding, writing, printing, bookbinding pursuits.
I’ve long admired the weeknotes of my friend Ton, and the monthnotes of my friend Peter, but I’ve never got it together enough to be that regularly retrospective; I’m hoping I’ll be more successful at this project; I’ve already got a reminder to update the /now on January 28, 2019.