Based in Chicago, Omerisms is a blog by Omer Abdullah. His posts explore Ideas, perspectives and points of view across business, sales, marketing, life and (sometimes) football (the real kind).

Omerisms Turns One

Omerisms Turns One

So, amazingly, and (to me) somewhat surprisingly, Omerisms turns one today.

When I launched the blog exactly a year ago, I had one simple goal – to write, consistently.

I’d been thinking about launching a blog for a long while, never entirely sure what to write about, whether I needed a singular topical focus, whether I should write long form or not. I agonized over what the ultimate goal was and whether anyone would read it.

Until I got to the point where I realized: I just needed to write.

Screw what conventional wisdom says. Forget what others have done. To hell with the “rules of blogging” (whatever those are).

So I started, with one simple commitment to myself: write 2 posts a week, every Monday and Thursday, week in, week out. (Over the last year, I’ve added podcasts to the blog as well.) 

My only rule was that the content had to mean something to me, it had to resonate in some way with my own ideals. I didn’t place any constraints on myself about the topic, the length or the language. If it felt right, if I believed in it, if it made sense in my head, I wrote it.

And here I am, 107 posts later (108, if you include this one).

I won’t say it’s been easy. There’s been a few Sunday or Wednesday evenings where I’ve sat scratching my head, thinking, what the heck am I going to post tomorrow? But I found something to say. And, if you'll allow me this one opportunity to indulge myself, I have to say I'm pretty pleased about that.

So, to each and every one of you who have read my posts over the last year, whether regularly, or periodically, I want to say Thank You. It means a lot to me that you’d take a few minutes out of your day to read my ramblings, to hear what I have to say. And I hope to keep finding things to say as Omerisms heads into its second year.

And, to those of you who have been thinking about doing your own thing – be it a blog or a podcast or any endeavor of any kind – be it commercial, personal, recreational, vocational, etc. – I have one thing to say.

Forget the ‘rules’ everyone is telling you to follow. Don’t listen to the negative self-talk.

You make the rules. You set the pace.

Put one foot in front of the other.

Just get started.

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