On Reclaimation

A couple of years ago, Wil Wheaton decided to try and reclaim his blog. He said (and I’m paraphrasing here) that he felt like the sorts of things he’d used to share on his blog had all sort of diverged into various postings on social media sites, and that had then made him feel as though things that he posted on his blog had to be Big or Important in order to warrant a post, and he didn’t want to be in the position of feeling like he couldn’t just share whatever he wanted on his own tiny corner of the internet.

For a month, he posted on his blog every day. Just something- a link, a picture, a few words about a project he was working on. The idea was to break down the barrier of feeling as though things had to be “worthy” of being posted, and to just share whatever he wanted to share in the moment. It was, as he determined at the end of the month, a mixed success: he did post every day, which was part of the goal, and he did break through the barrier of feeling like he couldn’t post. But… he also lost a lot of creative momentum on other things he’d been working on, because he was now spending time and energy finding and then posting things on his blog. He concluded the experiment, and went back to blog posting maybe more frequently that the immediate past, but not as frequently as he once did, and he’s fine with that.

When I read his posts, though, something about them really stuck with me, and I’ve been turning it over in my head for a while.

This blog has been around for years now, and it mostly seems to exist to archive the tracklists for my Dreamlights Radio shows. I used to try to post regularly about the book reading project I’m doing, or about my photography, and every so often I’ll get all het up about politics and post about that. But… those have all fallen off. And I definitely do share that sense of, “but is it worth making a blog post about?” But that’s silly, and I don’t want to be stuck in that static space of just avoiding doing anything here because I don’t know what I want to be here. The only way to figure that out is to post things, I think.

So, consider this a reclaiming.

I’ve got some projects in the works, and I’ll be posting about those semi-regularly here. You can also follow me on instagram (/nmariekerr) or twitter (nmkerr), if you’re into social media. Or, you can sign up for my shiny new TinyLetter, which I’m really excited about! I started it as a way to talk to people in a more systematic but also chaotic way- it’s a series of mini-posts instead of a full blog post, if you will, and I’m intending for it and this to complement each other. You can sign up for it, and read the archive at http://tinyletter.com/nmkerr. I hope you will.

In the meantime: further bulletins as events warrant!

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