Refinding my Blogging voice


Needless to say, this blog has been awfully quiet over the past couple of months. It’s been an odd experience for me as I’ve never really had trouble coming up with things to post about but recently, when I open up the Blogger dashboard and click on “New Post” I, more often than not, end up staring at the blank screen for a bit then moving off to another site without writing anything.

I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but it’s understandably a result of the changes going on in my own world right now. I suspect a large part of it is the upcoming job switch towards the end of this week. It’s had an unusually long lead-up to the change – depending on how you count it’s been 8+ weeks since serious discussions started but a case could be made that this move has been 20 odd months in the making since I attended Dave Gray’s Visual Thinking school back in September 2006. I realized today that I actually registered the domain vizthink.ca on May 1, 2007. One year to the day before I’m due to start working for VizThink.

I hadn’t acknowledged it until know but I guess what I’ve been feeling is a sort of mental limbo. It’s been 8 weeks of having an intensely split focus, supporting and working at Clay Tablet, while anticipating and planning for VizThink (not to mention the added focus of two young kids at home). As a result I’ve found my creative energies have been completely zapped.

I’ve had moments of this in the past, a few days or a week or so, where I find I just can’t be creative. I stop writing, I stop taking photos, really if it isn’t core to getting stuff done, it just slides right off my radar.

I’ve also struggled a bit with what this blog will become as my role changes. It’s not like I’m just moving on to some other technology or translation related company. It’s a pretty big shift in day-to-day reading and what I’ve slowly started to realize it’s going to necessarily change the focus of this blog. As you may, or may not have noticed, I’ve already changed the name of the blog from “Found in Translation” to, well, nothing. It’s just me now, no theme, no “voice” yet to speak of.

I don’t have the answers yet but I expect this blog will evolve to become a bit more general interest (my interests) which will obviously include Visual Thinking, the odd bit of Translation but also just odds’n’ends I scrounge up from the web.

I hope you’ll stick around for the ride as I refind my blogging voice over the coming months.

If you’ve got suggestions, ideas or comments, by all means leave them in the comments section or drop me a message…

– Ryan

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