Patrick Ward words, code, and music

Back to Blogging

It’s time to get back to this project. However, I’ve come up with a few rules for myself:

  • I’ll try to blog every day, but I won’t sweat it if I miss a day. Chances are, I’ll schedule posts a few days in advance.

  • Word counts are for poseurs - well, at least that’s what I’m telling myself now. In other words, I’ll write as long as the post requires. I’ll let the content determine length.

  • Content is King, but only if it interests me. I’m not going to worry about piquing the interest of others. If it’s worthy of my time and I find it of interest, I’ll write about it.

  • Inspiration will rule. Perhaps it’s telling of my own chaotic thought processes, but some days I feel like writing fiction, others I feel like being semi-profound, some days I’m insanely silly, and others, well, I’m just plain odd. It’s more fun that way.

  • Controversy and criticism will be accepted. I’ll admit my skin is thin, but I’m willing to accept the consequences of my thoughts. Perhaps it’s better if I do wander into a battle of words at times. At the very least, I’ll learn something.

  • I expect to be wrong at times, which is a good thing.

  • I’m not going to worry about a focus right now. My lens is perpetually out of focus these days, so why should my blog be any different? Calibration is an active process, so I might as well get started.

So, why am I starting this up again?

I have so many things I want to discover, so much to learn and share with the world. It just seems a shame to keep it all locked up inside. So, why not share these experiments and explorations with everyone else? Time, she is a wasting.

Besides, this is a practical exercise as well. Regardless of whether or not others read, or care, about my words, it’s a space for me to think out loud, to catalogue my daily discoveries, to be creative, and do a little mindful sharing. Life is so much more enjoyable for me when I’m actively engaged in it. And this blog is one way I’ve found to remind myself of that engagement. It’s an exercise in mindfulness.

There you go. That’s the plan.