I’ve been involved in NLP for about 7 years now, I started off purely and simply interested for my own person development (as I believe a lot of NLP “practitioners” are, very few actually see private clients) and then started to see a few clients. As I went on I decided to get a website to promote myself and about 4 years ago set up www.personalchange.co.uk in its 1st incarnation. One of my aims of this site was to try and connect personally with everyone that visited, there were so many sites out there that are bland or just a hard sell (“buy this ebook and change your life” rubbish, or “I am the bestest NLP bloke in the world honest, come train with me….” shite). I got the idea from Robert Anton Wilson’s site (who posts a monthly “thought”) and the Barefoot Doctors site (who does a daily “Doc Box”), if you haven’t visited their sites, I highly recommend that you do. Blogs were around back then, but very few people had actually heard of them. So I set up a Daily(ish) NLP Tip on my homepage with my rudimentary knowledge of html, and updated it as often as I could, giving out tips, ideas and general musings.
I did this for about 3 years but started to find it a real hassle updating the site each day, blogs were becoming more and more popular, so eventually to solve the technical issues, I set up this blog. It was (and is) only meant as an interim measure until I can get a live journal or similar on my website (as with most of my plans it is “coming soon”, but I have so much on at any one time “soon” could mean 2007!).
The tricky aspect of getting in the habit of pouring out the secrets of existence every day, with the intent to help as much as possible by promoting the advantages of NLP and through that gradually developing a bit of a way with words and that combination leading to occasional spurts of eloquence and spot-on-ness that take even me by surprise, when they come as they do out of the blue and then continue beguilingly for a few days or so, is trying to decide what to say. Do I just ramble about what I am up to, what I am thinking and interweave that with an odd NLP tip, or do I do a cold and hard “technique” driven blog, with just a tip or a quote each day? What is the level of the people who read this (and I know I get quite a high readership of this blog because I use site meter!), are they people who are totally new to NLP and trying to figure out what it is all about, or are they already well versed in the art and are looking for little extra hints and tips to improve? So, where do I pitch it? Beginner, or advanced? I hope I get the balance.
I’m only human and sometimes events conspire to denude me of the requisite time and space to apply myself, for believe me, to turn in a decent entry, I really do have to apply myself fully, (not actually being a genius) so there are inevitably times when what I’m writing, while well-meaning and definitely comprising at least one small nugget of something useful, is actually, from an artistic integrity point of view, just a load of old bollocks.