I chose this photo because it represents another way of looking at this thing I do here, in the same way I am rethinking the photos I take. I committed to posting a photo a day on my Posterous blog this year, all taken with my iPhone. I sometimes arrive at the time to go to bed and have forgotten to take a picture, so go searching around my house or neighborhood for something to photograph and post before turning in. This has resulted in photos of my new TV, my porchlight, the moon through the trees, and found objects like a tiny box of words in Spanish. If this seems a little counterproductive to the original intention, so be it. This photo project is also about continuity. A couple of nights ago I noticed my favorite scarf, a gift from my friend Ricky, who brought it home from India a couple of years ago. I began arranging it on my leg and taking photos of it, trying different windings, fringe or no fringe, and then different camera apps on my iPhone. The possibilities seemed endless. I have a huge collection of textiles, so this has opened a veritable garage door of choices for my late night photo forays.
I’ve been thinking that in the same manner, maybe I need to rethink this blog, as well. I started it in July 2008. I called it Reduction Physics because I sort of wanted to write about losing weight and getting rid of clutter. I think the title was tied to an idea I had that all things are related, and as you release one thing, you make room for something else. That was the physics part. I thought I’d be revealing my thoughts to all these people, and it was kind of scary and felt like a huge responsibility to get it right. At first no one really read it. It was a relief and a letdown at the same time.
Now, two and a half years later I think it’s time to maybe give it a revamp. I’ve changed the theme a couple of times, but have left the big picture pretty vague, I think. My categories don’t really fit what I write, it seems like. They don’t provide the organization I would like to see. Recently I was reading a friend, Lou Buran’s blog, and noticed that it is organized by pages. Very clean and clear. It is actually what gave me the idea to reformat this one. I think this will require that I step up to a different level of understanding about being a blogger. Different from writing a blog, no? We’ll see.
I’ll end with a question for you who read here: what posts (or sorts of posts) do you enjoy the most? Is there anything you ever hope I’ll write about? (If you want to know about something esoteric like elephants in the arctic, you’ll definitely have to look elsewhere. But within reason…)I look forward to your comments about this. Stay tuned for whatever comes next in this revamp!