A couple of weeks ago I made an entry on this blog declaring that I was going to start writing a post every day. A week later, after missing a couple of posts, I lowered the bar and said I’d make at least one post each week. Guess what? It’s been more than a week since I posted anything.
Blogging is not easy. Sure, it’s easy to log into WordPress and post something. But it’s not easy to be committed to doing that on a regular basis. It’s even more of a challenge to have something relevant to say and give people a reason to want to come back and keep reading.
I’m half wondering if I should just retire this blog and put up a simple “about me” page. I’m reluctant to give up on the domain name, but the fact is I have limited time and a few too many things on the go, balancing my work, family and other interests.
Too many digital distractions
In this digital age I find there are often too many distractions – too many things eating up my time. This last week I unsubscribed from at least 15 email lists. It’s not that I lost interest in the content, I just don’t have time to deal with all the emails I get on a daily basis. RSS is no better – it’s just a different format. Still loaded with more content than I can possibly keep up with.
One of the mailing lists I didn’t unsubscribe from is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits. In fact, I would say that on a subconscious level a couple of his recent posts about minimizing time spent online had an influence on my decision to cull my email subscriptions.
The truth is, as much as I find technology interesting and use it frequently, I feel like there’s an overload of information and too many things to try and keep up with. Blogging on a regular basis seems to be one of those things and so I’m removing any obligation to write x number of posts x number of times per week/month/year. I’ll write something when I feel like it. For the time being I’m cutting down on my number of options, in terms of things I can do with my spare time.
I’ll still post things here. It might be words, pictures, or a combination of the two. Photography itself is enough of a hobby to keep me busy. I also want to get back to reading more. Real books. Not digital ones. I aim to cut down on the number of digital distractions, and in this way simplify things a bit.
I might let you know how it goes.Read More