It felt like something was missing, so I’m going to try writing again.
I have started a number of different online blogs and they always end up fizzling out sooner or later. With Motown To TreeTown, I started it following Penelope Trunk‘s advice that you should focus your blog on a specific topic rather than making it a general “Dear Diary” type blog. (I’d cite the exact post where she advised this but I can’t find it anymore, and I’ve subsequently realized Penelope Trunk is completely batshit anyway so there’s no point in taking her advice as gospel.)
I was super into urbanism at the time so that’s what I decided to blog about, and I needed a niche, so I focused on my own peculiar geographic circumstances. And it worked pretty well for about a year and a half. I pushed myself and kicked out over a hundred posts, many of them quite lengthy. But eventually I got depressed about the subject matter (because frankly southeast Michigan is kind of an urbanist’s nightmare), distracted by, well, living my life, and tired of spending so much of my spare time in front of a computer screen. It was starting to feel like work, and I already have 45 hours of that per week not counting time spent commuting.
So I’m back, and I am going to keep my ambitions modest: 1 post per day, 100-200 words, this time no topic constraints. I thought about starting an entirely new blog and thought, Why bother? I’ll just keep what I have now and re-brand things as I go. What’s important is getting the words out. Eventually I think I’ll just write under my own name and register a domain name like, say, MarkMaynard.com. But I think I’ll hold off on that til I’m safely and securely self-employed, which may not be too far off.
I’m already at 250 words which is tl;dr so I’m going to wrap this up. More to come.