My kid discovered the old patch bag today.

“To really understand the meaning of life, we have to go beyond thinking and experience the vast scale of life directly, with our own body and mind.”

– Dainin Katagiri Roshi

There’s something magical about getting up early to watch the dawn break. Coffee in hand, I drink in the silent moments before the day’s fury begins.

CADY 3-in-1 Corner Rounder - surprisingly useful.

Well, it finally happened. I had to increase the Blink Shell font size from 10 to 14 point on my iPad Pro 10”.

Write-Only

If you sip a glass of wine, you might think of a few nice things to say about how it tastes. If someone dumps a barrel of wine on your head every thirty seconds, the nuances can get lost.

I’ve been on a bit of a social media sabbatical recently. To be fair, it’s been more like a “visual internet” sabbatical. With the exception of a few favorite RSS feeds, I’ve stepped away from Twitter, deleted Facebook (something I should have done long ago) and swapped news sites for paper books, magazines, and NPR. Podcasts stayed because I have a long car commute, and it’s much harder to mindlessly skip between audio files.

As part of this experiement, I’ve been trying to replace digital with analog whenever possible. The Field Notes and Bullet Journal are back, and tasks and calendar items are managed (often poorly, but still managed) on paper. My goal is to reduce the number of times I need to go to a device even for “productive” tasks. I’m highly vulnerable to useless distractions.

The result of all this is a return of focus, centeredness, and even creativity that feels like it’s been gone for years. The refresh grind had left me feeling burned, without enough energy to even pick a medium, much less make anything worthwhile in it.

Writing is enjoyable again, although it’s 99% dreck that will never leave the tired pages of my Leuchtturm1917. That’s OK. Writing dreck is better than not writing anything at all.

Twitter is tiring, but Micro.blog is interesting and the people are nice. I’ve even reopened my rage-quit-in-2012 Instagram account @themindfulbit. I can’t believe Facebook has actually let the service succeed on its own terms. Now it seems like the only major social media site that’s worth joining. I’m back and it’s fun.

My next experiment is going to be called write-only social media. While I won’t be obsessive about it, the goal is to get closer to 90% create, 10% consume. Realistically, it’ll be a success if I can surpass 50-50. My non-creative time will prioritize interactions over mindless consumption.

There have been a few updates to my site to support this new plan. Posts for all destinations will originate here. Starting stuff on your own site seems like a good idea these days.

For RSS addicts like myself, my existing RSS feed will continue to host longer pieces with linked quotes and commentary as before.

Micro-posts and images will also be posted here, but will show up in their own feed, cleverly named Minor Difficulties. RSS readers aren’t great with title-less posts, but the feed should still work fine if you prefer the shorter stuff in Reeder or Fiery Feeds. Those same images and micro-posts will also get routed to Micro.blog if you prefer to see it there. Photos will be artisinally hand-posted to Instagram, because they don’t have an API for anything more modern. Twitter is still TBD.

I’ve even added comments to the site, but they’re not what you think. Click on the “Leave a Comment” link below to learn more. Prepare to be underwhelmend.

As always, thanks for sticking around through all my creative floods and droughts. The internet is full of nice people, and they’re the ones who make it all worthwhile.

Carbon SA keycaps on my WASD v2.

It would be great to originate all my posts (image, text) to all my destinations (Instagram, Micro.Blog, Twitter, here) by simply posting to my blog. Unfortunately, it looks like Instagram doesn’t take RSS feeds as input.

Just doing a little bit of micropost testing. It’ll be nice to get this working finally.

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