26 January 2013

The Privatization

If you are a careful reader of this blog, you may have noticed that I have slightly changed the publishing schedule of my blog. Up until the middle of January, I have been publishing 2 articles for every 3 days. I have started that pattern from February 2011. It provided a sort of rhythm and schedule to the blog, as before that, I would have stretches of days where I had something to say, and then there would be lulls. Looking at the Archives of this blog clarifies what I am talking about: there are months when I would only have a handful of articles, and there are other months when I have an article for almost every day of the month.

Since February 2011, the publishing rhythm of this blog has been steady, and I have been writing about 20 articles per month. However, that is about to change, slightly.

I have come to the realization that I have less to say nowadays than before. Sometimes, I would look at my blog's Control Panel and see how many articles are still lined up waiting to be published, and I would silently remark, "Uh oh, I only have 6 articles remaining. I better come up with something to say." Before, I would not have this feeling. Instead, I felt "Uh oh, I have 20 articles still unpublished! I can't wait for this entry to be published!"

Hence, I am taking this as a sign that I am publishing too much. Therefore, I am slowing down my publishing rate, and will now only publish an article every other day. So with this slight change, instead of having 20 articles per month, I will go down to 15.

So why the change? Is this blog becoming silent? Well, not exactly. The thing is, sometimes, there are things I want to write, and yet on second thought, I prefer to keep those thoughts to myself. Sometimes, when you have something precious, it is better to keep it to yourself than to broadcast it to the world.

Maybe I am just being sentimental and sappy. Perhaps the real reason is that I am already 30 (yes folks, I am done with my twenties), and my energy isn't the same as what I had before. Heck, I have been doing this for 8 years now. Perhaps, my priorities have changed. Perhaps, as much as I am into documenting my life and writing down my thoughts, I also want to do something else.

My main worry is that I don't want writing this blog to be a burden. I don't want this to be an obligation. Instead, I want this to be a hobby, you know, something to look forward to at the end of the day, a repository for my thoughts (and pictures). So, instead of being self-pressured to write more articles just because my article queue is being depleted, then I will just reduce my articles.

So there. Aside from that, I think another slight change would be that there would be more entries that just showcase pictures. Well, if I am decreasing my blogging activity, that means the proportion of the picture entries to the non-picture entries would change too, as my picture-taking rate remains constant.

So there, my life is rather public (you can google me and find lots of information about me, so what), but I think the times have changed. This blog will still be around, for the time being, but it doesn't serve a purpose for me that way it did back in 2005.

(Cubist Nudes, from my Art Institute of Chicago Series)

2 comments:

  1. When was your birthday? Belated happy birthday, welcome in your thirties... I'm almost there too ;-)

    Publish whenever you can and whenever is right for you. That's the key I think!

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    1. Zhu,

      Haha, my birthday is in mid-July. So yeah, I have been 30 for a few months now. :-)

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