I know that in some cases when most blogs go inactive the authors are out leading incredibly exciting lives and are just too busy to write. Or sometimes the authors are going through a major change of life: moving, getting married, having kids, etc. Maybe the authors have been horribly injured and are stuck in a coma and can’t open their eyes let alone compose a post and source images.
None of these things happened. Here’s what happened:
I ran out of things to say.
It wasn’t that i said everything i had to say, not in the least, its just that I got to a point where i felt that every post needed to be a well crafter article with references and deep thoughts. I forgot that the soul of blogging is that its a conversation, I write and you respond. So I moved to twitter for a bit and posted on there my random thoughts, but eventually that became too much to keep up with. I felt that if i wasn’t actively engaged all of the time I was just a broadcaster and not a part of the conversation, so I stopped using that too, and then both went silent.
Of course, I’ve also been focusing on a bunch of things going on in my life – I started a job in DC a year ago (which I can’t write much about). Before this I had been unemployed for 9 months, during which time I took my licensing exams and passed, making em a licensed architect in Virginia and DC (after filing for reciprocity). The combination of stepping out of the day to day practice of architecture and the end of my internship period coupled with starting my own firm lead to a little bit of blogging withdrawal. I stopped reading local blogs and stopped finding things to have opinions about. Then, this summer I moved into an apartment in DC during the week and continue to live in the burbs on the weekends, this makes my commute manageable instead of a 1.5 hour each way nightmare. My apartment is a shared 2 bedroom + office in Southwest DC, where I have the 7×7 office which is a study in minimal living. Its just large enough for a twin bed, a table a dresser and a chair. I use a folding rice paper screen as a door, which while effective doesn’t really provide privacy. In addition, one of my roommates is my business partner for my architecture firm, studioSML, llc, so I’ve actually gotten a lot more involved in working on that. And lastly, and a future post topic, my sister got married and I designed and built a chuppah (jewish wedding canopy) for her out of Copper plumbing, canvas, and decorative cording.
So, I guess I did get busy, a bit. But I’m back, why? Because I’ve started feeling the need to talk about architectural things again. I won’t make any promises on the regularity of posts, nor the depth and breadth of their examinations. But I’m glad to have refound a reason to blog. 1
- You may notice that the blog looks different; I upgraded wordpress when I came back to the blog which broke the old theme I was using. I still have some tinkering with the site to do to get it where I want it. ↩