So a generalist? As I started reading further, I found articles that supported the idea of the generalist in the working world. There were two articles, The Secret Power Of The Generalist -- And How They'll Rule The Future by Meghan Casserly and How To Be A Generalist In A World Of Specialists by Todd Henry.
The article by Todd was especially interesting to me as he spoke about Emilie Wapnick and how she “had many aptitudes and interests, and was successful at many of her pursuits, yet she didn't feel right settling into just one”, realizing eventually that “there was nothing wrong with her, it's just that she was a multipotentialite. This is the term for someone who has many interests and capabilities, and may thrive more in a generalist role than as a specialist.”
That's me! I thought to myself. And though these articles were specific to the working world, I found them and the ideas they presented to be very useful to me for my blogging.
Truth be told, I probably needed the encouragement of this kind and these articles provided it. I didn't have to be a one topic blog. Yet, to be honest, I somehow knew that I didn't have to be. I knew bloggers who covered multiple topics.
Yes! I thought this is it. I finally got it figured out. A general blog touching on all the things I found important and interesting.
So how did I end up with the name Ang the Generalist? Realizing that Jill of all trades could potentially be derogatory I started searching for alternative more positive ways of saying the same thing.
My search took me to Wikipedia:
“In Elizabethan English, the quasi-New Latin term Johannes factotum ("Johnny do-it-all") was sometimes used, with the same negative connotation that "Jack of all trades" sometimes has today.”
We can debate the validity of the Wikipedia article but that was good enough for me. Realizing that I wanted my blog to reach as far as possible, I checked the other languages section of that Wikipedia article and the other languages were just as unflattering maybe even worse than in English.
I then considered, how else could I say that I'm skilled in various areas? I thought, general, but that wasn't the right word. Then it came to me, generalist.
So I got to searching. Actually, before I even started searching I had settled on the name Ang the Generalist, but I wanted to make sure I'd spelled it right, so I typed it into Google to check the spelling. But checking the spelling led me to a little research on the word.
The first sign I was heading in the right direction was the definition right at the top of the page: “a person competent in several different fields or activities”.
In my next post, I'll talk about my findings.
Wikipedia. "Jack of All Trades, Master of None." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 17 Apr. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_of_all_trades,_master_of_none. Accessed 25 Apr. 2018.
Every time I started and stopped a blog or a writing project I thought it was because I wasn't capable or interested in my topic. Other times (such as my Weight Trip Facebook page) I thought that the information I was sharing, while initially interesting, became boring and repetitive. Truth is I got bored with writing the same old thing.
I thought that just like an education and a job, I had to choose one area and stick to it. So I started multiple single focus blogs, neither of which lasted very long.
I'm a person with many skills. From my days in high school till today, I am aware that I can be and am very at many things. Yet the things I was skilled at were either not my passion or didn't provide an income. The things I was passionate about and invested my time in didn't easily translate into work experience for the regular working world. I was between a rock and a hard place.
Then one day while researching investment platforms for non-US citizens, I had the most random thought. It struck me like a lightning bolt. Why don't I just do one blog with all the things I want to talk about? Why hadn't I thought about this before?
So what did I do? I started searching for an available domain name. I first thought of Jill of all trades but it wasn't available and as I read the origin of the phrase and the potential for it to be interpreted in a derogatory manner I decided it wasn't for me. So what was the next best?
Look out for my next post where I share the rationale behind the name of my blog.
Hi I'm Ang the Generalist! I'm a nearly 30 yr old Jamaican woman.
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