I haven’t written a post in almost a year.
It has not been a good year for me. I’m not going to go through all the things that went wrong, the bad choices I’ve made and how it all ended up the way it did. At least not now.
I’m working hard on looking forward. I’ve got a couple of strategies in mind.
This is now the 3rd reference I’ve made to a new project I’m working on, and the lack of explanation is probably getting annoying. But I don’t want to say anything until I’ve got the basics in order. I’m doing that now.
This new project requires me to fight the lizard brain hourly. For a long time, I worked for the company that was “safe”, did the job that was smart on paper but really not for me, and poo-pooed any instinct I had to build something better.
Not anymore. So cross your fingers for me as there is a lot of work ahead. But if I’m right, it will be fun and challenging and even good for others.
I am the person who doesn’t blog because she doesn’t think she has anything good to say. Maybe I don’t. But I have been reading a lot of Seth Godin lately, and he makes a good point.
You have to make something (art, actually, but you should read his stuff to know that he doesn’t mean painting or sculpture necessarily). It’s a habit. Maybe you publish it, maybe you don’t. But thinking that your masterpiece is going to shoot out of your fingertips after months or even years of just thinking about it isn’t going to happen.
So I’m going to give a shot, and I make no promises about the topics I’ll address.
I can say this. And it’s stupid (lizardly, you might say). I often don’t blog because I hate looking for the fucking images. Finding photos that I’m allowed to share, resizing, giving credit where needed – it’s a huge pain. AND, most of the time they add nothing to what I’m writing.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have images on your site, or that not having images with my posts will make them better. It will just make it more likely that I’ll get one out the door.
Maybe I’ll get to the point where I actually pay to subscribe to one of the many quality photo sites out there. The images will be better, and they’ll require less work on my part. But those hundreds of dollars are better spent paying my mortgage at the moment.
If I post a picture, it will be mine. One I take because it makes sense to me. And it might be crappy. I’ll try.