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New Theme!

I kept having some formatting problems with my old theme, and thus wasn’t particularly happy with it.  Unfortunate.  I spent a good while getting the colors and the patterns all setup.

Lesson learned:  Try a theme for a while before committing time to it and modifying it.  This should’ve been obvious.  Anyways, this one looks really similar, just black/grey instead of blue.

Stories, not journals

Way back when I started this blog, I immediately undertook a long, aggressive, solo motorcycle trip which involved crossing the rocky mountains on a motorcycle in February (no fairing!) and riding 1,000 miles in one day.  It involved 15-nights on the road, with only one night in a tent, and one night in a hotel – the rest spent with friends, both old and new.

Since this blog was new, I decided to try and keep a journal of the trip and post it here for content.  I think I had delusions of writing a story reminiscent of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which is a fantastic read, by the way).  Oh right – no editor or anything.  Just post, and do it right the first time.  Hah!  There is a big problem keeping a journal:  When being so aggressive, there’s little time to write.  Damn.  It definitely wasn’t what I wanted.

I removed them because they don’t add the right kind of value.  If I feel motivated (and I’ll admit that this truly is an “if”) then I will make a singular post about the experience, and why everyone should do something similar.  It ultimately is a cornerstone of lifestyle design.  It definitely fits in the realm of a mini-retirement.  It’s a great example of how to make the best of what is commonly considered a bad situation, and the associated repercussions.

In other words, I learned a lot.  It’s worth writing about.  This post is a placeholder.  If there’s significant backlash, then I’ll either re-post them, or be more motivated to do the re-write.  It’s up to you, dear reader, to let me know.

Directional Change

One of the intents behind this blog was so that I could learn.   To be honest I’m still not sure what I’ll learn from it in the long run, but I have learned something over the past few months:  My intended scope for this blog is too narrow.  In fact, it’s so narrow that most of my posts don’t even fall within that scope.  The original scope was to be an outlet for my creative energy, preferably in the form of articles written about various things I create.  Physical things, like a desk lamp.  The problem is, I guess I don’t create those sorts of things as much as I imagined I might.  It could easily take a year or more to complete one project, and I try to only have 2-3 concurrent projects.  2-3 posts per year doesn’t really justify having a whole blog dedicated to that subject.  I need more like 2-3 per week.

So I’m changing the scope.  In a sense I did from day one, I just didn’t acknowledge it.  So from here on out, it’s just going to be a “personal” blog, in which way I’ll be able to post anything that I think is worth posting.  Hopefully somewhere along the way I’ll figure out what I like to write about that people also enjoy reading about, and then we’ll all be better for it.

This is more of a mental shift for me than a dramatic change for the blog, since I’m basically just seeing what my blog has become, and realizing that since almost every post is “off topic” then I should just change the topic.  So here goes for a sort of directional Darwinism.  I’ll write what I feel like, see what’s most popular, and then try and expand in that respective direction.

That’s it.  Enjoy!

Stepping Stones

Alright, this is just a general update to let my readers know I’m still alive and kickin’.

Recently moved to Southern California, and am getting well settled in here. There should be some legitimate updates in the not-too-distant future, so look for those… Might continue with the motorcycle theme, as I’ve been thinking of addressing the topic of commuting on a motorcycle. It’ll probably be a little while before I can get down and put some projects together to showcase here, but I have a few really great ideas that I’m excited to do over the next few months!

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