While I might not have been actually filming my blog, I’ve been in a Tumblr/Facebook-induced blogging stupor. Playing with the pretty pictures and reblogging other people’s memes and profundities got the best of me this year. But I’ve actually missed stringing words together and making cogent arguments on real (or imagined) issues of import.
So, I’m going to do a better job of hacking about on this site this year. I’ve been inspired by this nice piece by Stef Lewandowski entitled “Higher Resolutions,” posing the question: “can you commit to doing something everyday in 2014?” The author makes a case for dropping the annual rite of creating a long list of resolutions to achieve, and instead attempt to cultivate a habit or two throughout the whole year.
My wife, Emily, this year gave herself a challenge—to take a photograph every single day of the year. She’s stuck to it, and only on a couple of occasions didn’t manage to shoot with her SLR. She even took one on the day of the birth of our daughter! I’ll leave her to write a piece about what she’s learnt doing that, but the observation I’d make is that she’s found the process of having a creative rhythm to the year to be beneficial, not just in the act of taking the photograph and improving her practice, but in that it’s a long, rhythmic project that is in many ways akin to daily meditation or exercise.
So, I’m going to attempt to write several blog posts each week. Fewer pretty pictures, more structured writing.
After all, some guys just give up living and start dying little by little, piece by piece. Other guys come home from work and wash up, and go racing in the street–at least, that’s what I’ve heard.