After some consideration I have decided it is time to integrate and rejuvenate my blog space. I’m kind of getting into the minimal-is-good mode. Blame it on my new running style.
About 2 years ago I decided to take this blogging thing seriously in support of my writing. For reasons that seemed very correct at the time, I created three different presences. One for my writing, one for running and one for photography and other graphic endeavors. I love running, writing, music, taking pictures and a slew of other things. They all contribute to what makes me whole.
As I published my first book (SYN:FIN) I read a lot about what a blog should do and how you should approach it as a means to support your enterprise. There were a lot of recommendations on how to use social networking to leverage blogging, tweeting and links to your books. I started following other authors and watching their activity. Being an intelligent ape, I tried to see what they were doing so I could copy it for my own success. To tell you the truth, there is so much going on in the world of social media that I am not sure anyone really has a handle on it. Clearly, there are some very successful people out there (John Locke comes to mind immediately).
But I struggled. I wanted a purpose to my blog that targeted my writing. My other activities were of interest to me, but would take the light off of writing. That led to my fragmentation strategy. I have written some very good blog posts and shown some beautiful photos. The links are at the top of this page. They will remain there for a while as I reconfigure things.
About 18 months ago I decided to change my running style from wearing technical shoes to running miminalist. It took a freaking year to let my legs and body adjust. Of course, I have been running for 40 years, so the muscles did what they needed to do. That conversion was the impetus for my second blog which chronicled that transition.
Life is a work in progress. I’ve learned a lot over the past year or two. And what amazes me is what I learned about running totally informs what I learned about writing. And my job. And my life.
None of us is that simple. So why should I segregate my blogs into separate views of me? I kept struggling with keeping the crossover of my interests from polluting posts in their separate domains. That finally led to me stopping posts for a while so I could understand better what I wanted to communicate to the world.
Then it dawned on me. Those who enjoy my writing will probably like to hear me write about what I am learning about running. Or be enchanted with the abstract digital images I pull from the world around me.
Listen, I have lots of friends who run multiple blogs and do it very well and for good reason. For me, I don’t think it makes sense anymore.
That means you all will get to see other aspects of my life. Hear about how my body responds to the workouts I put it through.
See the colors and compositions that populate my mind. Let me rant about how my fingers stumble on a fretboard as I try to learn a new fingering. You will get my observations. If nothing else I am a very observant person. That doesn’t include the piece of trash I left on the counter that I will walk by five or six times and not notice. I am a man, after all. I’m too busy observing to notice shit like that.
I’m pretty excited about taking this new path. I think it will be a fun ride. I’m glad you are going to join me. Welcome, again!
More than anything I want to hear from you! I love to read your comments, good, bad or otherwise. Check out the links to the other blogs and get caught up. If that sounds like a homework assignment, it is.