Confession: I’ve been wondering for a while what to do with this site. You may have gathered this from the extreme lack of updates. A lot of material that might previously have appeared here has been going to other sites. However, it has occurred to me that if I wish to make anything of my creative efforts, I need to consolidate a bit.
What this site won’t be
I’m not closing anything down at the moment, just changing priorities. Coffee Notepad and Danielle Gaither Photography aren’t going anywhere, but they’re going to be more portfolio sites with less focus on writing. I’ll still post relevant material on those sites occasionally, but regular writing is going here. So nothing on this site will replace the content on those sites.
Also, for the time being, I don’t have an end goal for this site; i.e., I’m not aiming for a book deal or anything like that. That could change later, but for now, the goal is just to write honestly and frequently. That’s part of the reason I’m not shutting down the other two sites I mentioned; those have clear commercially-oriented aims. I might talk about issues relevant to those topics, but not in the same way I would over there. For example, any future photography articles I post here are likely to center on my inspiration or creative process, rather than the gear or settings I used.
What this site will be
In the previous paragraph, I said that my goal is to write honestly and frequently. The former is self-explanatory, but how frequent is “frequently?”
For now, it means every weekday, barring illness and major holidays. It might seem odd to make this such a priority, especially without a plan to monetize in some way.
But here’s the deal: if I don’t have a creative outlet in my life, I’ll die.
Maybe not physically, but emotionally. My guess is most people have gone through phases in their life where they’ve felt emotionally numb, and I don’t recommend it to anyone. To live your best life, you have to start by being honest with yourself.
I wouldn’t say I’ve been actively dishonest, but it’s fair to say that I’ve been bottling certain things up for a while now. I looked back on an old blog I did a few years ago, and I realized how valuable it was to be working out my thoughts on a regular basis.
Don’t worry, this isn’t an excuse to talk with “no filter” or to put anyone on blast. That’s not my style and doesn’t typically do any good anyway. But perhaps I have been too concerned lately with how certain things might be perceived by others or how I could spin things a particular way.
I had some success with this a few years ago with that previous blog I mentioned earlier. That blog had a bit more of an obvious focus, but part of that was due to said focus being a dominant force in my life at the time. I think the real benefit was from working out what was on my mind, and that’s what I intend to do here. It’s possible that as I continue to write, a focus will emerge. Or that it won’t.
In any case, I’m committing to posting here every weekday (again, barring illness and major holidays) for at least the next 3 months. That should be enough time to see if anything interesting has emerged, at which time I’ll reassess the situation. I look forward to the journey!
Is there anything in particular you’d like for me to talk about? Let me know in the comments!