On Writing

I’ve attempted to make a few blogs over the years but I have never persevered with any one of them. I suspect the reason for that is I was just lazy. But in truth, I never knew what I wanted to write about, or why I was writing.

I was inspired to start writing again after I read Julie Zhou’s article Write in 2016. What I loved about this article is Zhuo is so clear about why she is writing and why it is important. I wanted to define the same thing for myself here. To serve as a reminder of why I should write.

“No matter who you are, I know this to be a fact: that you have interests. That there is something you go to bed thinking about. That there is some experience you’ve had that not everybody has had. That there are lessons you’ve learned in your road less taken. That there is some version of the world you’d like tomorrow to be.”
Julie Zhuo

I've come up with 3 main themes to write about:

1. What it means to be a designer. I want to share some of the lessons I’ve learned working as a designer at Canva for the past 2 years. From product design and user experience to management and marketing. Every day presents a new challenge and an opportunity to learn something new.

“The goal in all my writing is to share with the reader as if we were friends, sharing drinks, and they are genuinely curious about my story.”
Scott Berkun

2. Books I’ve read. Books have influenced my thinking and decision making in a way nothing else has. It was only mid way through my first year of university when I began to realise how valuable reading was. I was recommended a number books by my psychology professor which got me hooked. I want to return the favour and recommend books which might have the same effect on someone else.

3. What I’m learning. I'm always seeking new ideas on how I can do things better, how I can live better, how to be fulfilled. Writing about those ideas may be as important. And by doing so I can help to reinforce those ideas for myself as well as share them with others.

I’m sure this list of things to write about will change and expand in time—but it's good enough for now.

If you’ve got any thoughts about writing, I’d love to hear them. You can email me at matt@matthardy.co.