This site has its origins in a culture blog I launched in 2005 during the golden age of MySpace. After building a community of a dozen contributing writers, I handed off that blog to a talented writer/researcher in 2013. After a couple years wandering in the bloggy wilderness, I reacquired the culture blog in 2015. I then killed off the blog in 2016. Then in 2018, I started from scratch with A Self Observed, the site you see here.
Most of you could care less about how this site came to be, but for the few like me who find origin stories fascinating, here’s the background:
In 2002, I took a break from university to pay off outstanding debt to the school. During that time away, I learned to review and record the quality of used books for online sale at Archives Books in Edmond, Oklahoma. Archives was an amazing brick and mortar store with winding pathways and treasures waiting to be discovered around every bend.
Their success inspired me and I thought one day I too could open an online bookstore. In 2005, during the height of the MySpace boom, I bought a domain name with the intention to launch an online store. I had 2,000 used books I rescued from a library sale and I began listing books for sale on Amazon and Alibris while I researched how to set up my own store on CultureFeast.com.
The name was meant to describe the wealth of literature available, and I believe it could have been great. But while I searched for an e-commerce software I could both understand and afford, I launched a blog via WordPress so the domain purchase wouldn’t be a waste.
Culture Feast has been a personal blog, a multi-author community site, a ghost town, and a Medium.com microsite. It’s been around in one form or another for so long, but the bookstore concept passed a long time ago.
My permaculture mentor Cliff Davis used to say “There’s no such thing as failure. It’s all just feedback.” And that’s the gist of this story. Like Edison, Washington Carver, and Steve Jobs, each iteration provides feedback that informs the next step forward.
I’m launching ASelfObserved.com to perform a crucial function: to process what I observe in the realms of intuition, social dynamics, emotional health, wellness, and personal development. If you can read these words and still want to stick around, drop me a note and say hi.