Nine years and three months ago, I wrote the first This Week in Pictures (otherwise known as TWiP). My kids were still young-ish and in school. I was a work-at-home mom, taking care of the family and working on my crafty business. There was a lot of good fodder for posts, and it was easy for me to sit down on a Friday night and put together a round-up of my week.
Things are different now. The kids are adults and are off doing their own things. I’m spending nine hours a day at a desk, getting paid to write about software for other people.
I have begun giving up things that I once loved that are no longer working for me. The first of these was Project 365, which I had been doing for more than a decade. Having a daily photo project was so good for me at first. My photography improved by leaps and bounds. And more importantly, I really noticed the little things in my everyday life. The habit of stopping to take a photo has kept so many wonderful little details from being lost to the fogginess of time. But my lifestyle now doesn’t lend itself as much to the photo-a-day thing. How many images of my coffee cup next to a computer keyboard are really necessary, or at all compelling?
So I transformed Project 365 into a new project that worked better for me. Essentially, I told myself, “you don’t have to take a picture every day, just try to take a few nice ones every week, and keep paying attention.” It’s been nearly two years of that, and I think it’s been working well.
Buoyed by that success, I have decided to give up my weekly TWiP posts. Here’s why:
- I am routinely late posting them. It’s often hard to force myself to sit at the desk I’ve already spent a full day at, to process photos and post a weekly post.
- It zaps my energy for other types of blog content. Remember when I used to post tutorials, shows-and-tells, or just my random thoughts about artsy crafty things? I’d love to still be doing that. I have several unfinished posts in my blog admin that can attest. But by the time I get a TWiP post written, I’m done. No energy left for other stuff!
Those are the biggest reasons. I’ve also noticed lately the captions of my Instagram posts have been getting longer and longer. They’re almost like short blog posts sometimes. So why am I doing that? Why am I directing my energy towards a platform that I am increasingly disillusioned by, when I could be publishing those things here instead? Duh.
So, TWiP is going away. But I plan to share more short blog posts here. And there will be more tutorials. And more shows-and-tells. You may not hear from me every week, but then again, you may hear from me twice some weeks. Three times, if I’m feeling prolific. I’m committed to keeping this blog active. I’m just finally accepting that a weekly TWiP post is no longer the best way for me to do that.
See you back here soon, I hope. I have a new polymer clay workspace I want to show you, and I’ve got my latest knit to talk about, among other things!