Welcome to the brand new Minding Your Own Business blog.
(Insert red bows, shiny chrome, and that fresh-out-of-the-package smell, here).
As a burgeoning entrepreneur I’m interested in the stories people tell about their businesses: What they do, how they do it, and why? I listen a lot these days. The more I listen, the more I realize – doing business is about building community.
People love to talk about their businesses, and I love to listen. This pairing strikes me as a recipe headed for goodness. Think: peanut butter and jam, basil and tomato, nuts and chocolate, fries and ketchup – you see where I’m going with this.
Each week I write about a different business – an interview with the owner, a little research, a few keystrokes, and voila, we get to learn about interesting people and the cool stuff they do.
Rules are made to be broken. But, you have to make them in order to break them. With this in mind, and all the flexibility of an Olympic gymnast, I propose:
- We limit Minding Your Own Business blog posts to businesses in, and around, the Victoria area.
- We define business in extraordinarily inclusive terms – non-profits, corporations, solopreneurs, partnerships, your four-year-old daughter’s lemonade stand, and so on.
- We aspire to be generous with each other in the spirit of building community.
While we’re on the topic of community building, I want to give an arm-waving, shout out to Paul Holmes and all the folks who contributed to WordCamp Victoria 2011. Creativity and kindness percolated through the halls of University Canada West last Saturday as WordPress novices and veterans gathered to share information. Warning! The enthusiasm and generosity of the organizers, and the speakers, is contagious – direct contact may lead to blog inspirations like this one.
You + me = a team. I write stuff and you read it. The more I know about you, the better this works. So please, feel free to comment, suggest, feedback, rant (gently), rave, muse, ponder, or whatever expressive verb works best for you.