A friend asked me on Twitter: “What’s your promise to the world? What are you giving to your audience that no one else is?”

Once upon a time I would have thought long and hard before responding to this sort of question, trying to come up with something suitably ambitious and impressive.

Now the answer is easy.

What do I have to offer that no one else can? My perspective. I’m a writer and a curator, and this is my little corner of the web. The unique combination of what I write, share, or rant about is what I have to offer.

This kind of answer doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. That’s because what they really want to know is: “What you’re doing – can you monetize it?”

Can I? I dunno. Probably not. Maybe sometime in the future.

There are other ways to make money.

And I do know that doing this – writing, collecting, sharing – makes me happy. If I’m lucky, I might make you happy too. How much is that worth?

It’s a small, good thing. For now, that’s enough.