This has been a pretty amazing year for travel for me, but not so amazing in terms of blogging all that travel. Alan Levine wrote about that “sad position of back blogging” during his current trip to Australia, and then proceeded to be his usual blog machine self.* I’m not sure how he is able to blog so much on the road, I personally find it quite challenging—and even harder the more I travel. Part of that is my lack of organization, but I also know I’m a sedentary blogger. I tend to blog most consistently when I have settled back into a quiet, couch-based routine at home.
I can manage to get off a few posts while traveling, but they often feel rushed and haphazard. What’s more, when I take two to three week trips like I have this year, I tend to not blog them at all given the time that passes from car to couch. That happened with my trips to Sweden, Ireland, England, as well as my cross country Route 66 road trip with Mikhail. Not a post about any of it. I only lightly blogged Australia, and in the end New Zealand probably faired the best. But arguably the biggest shame of it all was how little I blogged about Domains 17, there were several conversations during that conference (not to mention Martha Burtis’s amazing keynote) that still resonate with me. I have been meaning to blog about a number of them, and I’ll take the last month of 2017 to simply catch up. I promise to have no new experiences of any value in December just so that I can polish off my blog post to-do list before January.
The idea of being smarter about building processes around how I sustain not only my blog, but also my photos, videos, Tweets, bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc. constantly dogs me. The increasing sense of carrying around a digital debt in relationship to managing and organizing my digital artifacts is something I feel acutely, but I’m also well aware I’m part of a broad network of folks how have processes, work flows, best practices, etc. that they use and would be willing to share. I want to start thinking and blogging about those processes more intentionally in 2018, and even work with a bunch of folks to spearhead something resembling a “class” around this topic? Alan Levine referred to it in passing as a crash course in “personal online sustainability” and I naturally gravitated towards an archive of one’s own 🙂
The idea of archiving and preserving some of the online work I’ve been part of over the last twelve years is something that is very important to me. Not simply to get rid of the sense of guilt when I think of all my unorganized digital life-bits that remain inaccessible across various storage containers online and off, but also because I want to be part of a sustainable web. I’ve had fun blogging and sharing photos, links, ideas, etc. over the years, and I want to make sure some of that is easily accessible and available (online and off) to my family and friends. These artifacts are probably the closest thing to a family legacy we’ll have, and the fact that so many of our memories are now tied up with digital media and the web (for better and for worse) means I feel obligated to start sorting some of that out. I’ll start the process now by documenting the blog gaps from 2017 over the next month—which will in turn force me to organize my photos on Flickr, which will make me upload and organize my videos, etc.
I’m really lucky I start blogging 12 years ago, because I could not imagine the fresh hell of having all of these memories strewn across third party social media services without the overarching organizing archive of my work that is the bava—it’s a mess, but its my mess.
*I counted at least ten posts since then in just over two weeks.