Posted by danspira
(#27 of 27, final post in the series)
After re-visiting 26 posts from last year over the past 30 days, it’s time to wrap things up. The goal of this “blog feed-forward exercise” as I described it, was threefold:
- Focused output
- Reflective practice
- Sheer experimentation
Re: 1) Definitely got the focused output — but it took a huge effort. As usual, I was being more ambitious than I initially realized. But I got it done with only a bit of faltering… well within the acceptable parameters of self-imposed high standards.
Re: 2) Got a boatload of reflective practice, in a much deeper and rigorous way than ever before. Even when I came across an oddball post that seemed irrelevant and/or poorly executed, I was able to draw out value from it by forcing myself to revisit it in some way. This was particularly true when I considered a sequence of posts which had continuing threads or themes, but looked at them in reverse order.
Re: 3) Got a decent amount of sheer experimentation out of this exercise. However, because of the daily pace and competing personal and professional demands, I could not fully experiment as much as I would have liked. I’d love to put together a graphic map showing how each of the last 26 posts related back to the corresponding 26 posts from 2014, with icons indicating the approach taken on each pairing. For example, in a couple of cases I re-blogged a post. In one case, I split out a post into two posts, and in another case I combined two into one. Many of the posts were reversals, some were refutations, others were remixes or extensions. Got to play around with visual and audio elements a bit, too.
One of the biggest lessons for me was seeing what it was like to blog every single day. It had all the elements of a grind, and it often felt lonely, but I did manage to get some feedback — both online and offline — during the process. Some of my “interaction” with fellow WordPress bloggers during this time helped improve my perspective and/or validated thoughts I hadn’t yet fully articulated. For example, the essay “Why I Write so Personally, Publicly” resonated deeply. At least one real world friend offered solid encouragement and insights. I now realize that I miss the dialogue and debate that I used to have in comment threads with my buddies, especially Nareg. Having bolstered my writing skills by running this mini-marathon of 27 posts, I’m now interested in slowing down the pace and delving deeper with a stronger element of conversation and co-creation.
All of this ties in neatly (of course) to the first two posts from 2014 — one of them written by me (“Rough and Refined, Filipino Style: Sinawali Eskrima”) and one ghost-written by contributor Jake Broce (“6 Tips for Making and Sticking to an Exercise Regimen”). My two biggest takeaways from this past month are:
- I need to keep writing on a regular basis — not necessarily daily, but more often than once per week; and
- I need to engage with a chavruta – a learning partner — whenever possible, to generate some creative and intellectual sparks.
As for now, it’s time to rest and recover…and take a few days off from the blog.
Onward into the rest of 2015.
About danspiraMy blog is at: http://danspira.com. My face in real life appears at a higher resolution, although I do feel pixelated sometimes.
Posted on January 31, 2015, in Art, Blogging, Information Design, Social Media, Writing and tagged collaboration, Creativity, patterns, practice, reflection, reflective practice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.