Two common questions asked of me: How the Old Simo website and the concept behind it come to be? Why did I decide that this blog was necessary?
I always had an interest in broad range of subjects, and like a true Greek in essence, I have always enjoyed the process of examining all sides of an issue and hopefully coming to sort of conclusion. Though a conclusion, answers, or suspected answers can be very satisfying, I found the journey to reach that point to be even more satisfying. The process of researching, theorising, speaking to others and listening to different points of view is very important. So what could I do with this interest and what could I do with something that was very quickly becoming a flame of passion in my life?
For many years I resisted signing up for a Facebook account. For some reason, I could not see the point of joining the social media wave. Perhaps I wanted to retain a level of disconnection and anonymity. However, in 2010 I finally gave in and ‘crossed over to the dark side’, which is what many friends posted on my wall as soon as they saw that I had activated an account. In the beginning I wasn’t very active when it came to posting on my wall and commenting on other people’s posts, but then I discovered pages that could be “liked”. From Huffington Post to BBC to Al Jazeera to Bloomberg to The New York Times. To my delight I found my news feed flooded with daily injections of information about stories that were of mass interest to me. So I started becoming active in threads on those pages. Eventually my Facebook friend circle grew. Initially I only had actual real life friends and family, yet I felt perfectly fine with sending friend requests and accepting friend requests from acquaintances, colleagues, and yes even random people that I had never met. This was probably due to the fact that there was virtually very little personal information about myself on Facebook.
For many years I was running a successful menswear fashion label. I was in charge of business development, marketing, sales, and account management among other things which kept me very busy. I would often work long hours, day and night, and though I was very disciplined I always made sure I gave myself a good hour for lunch and I would take an hour dinner break if I was working late. When I was working late I was always on my own, so my Samsung android phone would keep me company, and in particular my Facebook account. I had worked out that whilst I was not interested in showcasing my personal life on the platform I was very willing to be open about my thoughts and opinions on just about everything. I had all these wonderful topics circulating in my mind relating to politics, economics, technology, social matters, sex, arts, and pop culture. The great thing about this was that the option of topics seemed never ending. As long as the world turns there will always be something to talk about. So during my dinner breaks I would post a topic on my Facebook wall. It usually consisted of a statement and/or a question and was often was accompanied with an image or a related news article.
As I continued this ritual the interest and interaction from my Facebook friends increased and virtually became a large team of people reading, interacting, and contributing. Many wonderful perspectives have found their way onto my posts. I realised how wonderful this ritual was. Not only was I enriching my knowledge and learning from others, but others felt the same and they would contact to tell me how much they enjoyed my posts and how they enjoyed the challenges that they posed and the frequent entertainment factor. The posts were also often entertaining as much as they were informative and challenging, and they could also get quite intense and occasionally caused rivalries. I suppose that my usage of Facebook made me somewhat of a divisive personality. I’m sure that not everyone on my wall liked or approved of my method, but you will never win over 100% of a market. After years of success on my personal Facebook page, it seemed right to take my project to the next step: the creation of my own website blog for anyone in the world to access and use. Give it to the world and see what happens. I am very happy to report that so far Old Simo is doing very well. Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout the construction of this project. There are countless people, so I wont try to name everyone but you all know who you are. BIG BIG THANK YOU!