~ Dale Dougherty
MAKE Magazine, Issue 1
Well damn. Who does that sound like?
I don’t dig around in hardware, usually. (Usually.) In fact, what I am often follows more along the lines of something Merlin Mann and Danny O’ Brien said in that same first issue—“Some of us like solving puzzles a bit more than we like solved puzzles.” I am recognizing myself in this magazine; I am recognizing myself in people I met at SXSW. I see the word “Entrepreneur” in front of Alex Beauchamp’s name on her site and I think, That’s like me. I see “Maker” and I think, That’s like me. I think I am an adventurer, and that’s all only a little bit of who I am. But it feels like a quest. I need to know. What am I?
I feel as if I have been working so hard to be something I had to be, I have forgotten to look to find out what I really am. And now that I’m looking, I’m discovering that it’s not as easy as it looks, knowing what you are.
I recognized myself in the Boss Lady panelists. I recognized myself in what Violet Blue is doing, creating herself as a brand but at the same time letting her SELF shine out, blogging, podcasting, vlogging, all these things that tell her audience who she is. I see more and more that there is something that I am, I just don’t have a word for it yet. Maybe I am making myself. But I want to name myself, too.
What am I?