Ideas of March
I present my offering for #ideasofmarch in reply to Chris Shiflett's call to writers that we rededicate ourselves to our craft(s).
I’ve done this before. I’ve looked at my blog and realized that it’a been a while. If I were to plot the frequency of my posts, the resulting diagram would likely show a spike in activity around the new year (a time of reflection and resolution) and long slow times during the remainder of the years (when I’m ‘busy’).
I could say that there are times when I don’t have much to say. But that’s lazy. There needs to be an effort to find or formulate the words. It takes practice to be an efficient and proficient writer. Sometimes I am out of practice. That’s when the extra effort is needed to keep the mind moving and the words flowing.
As a side note, typing on an iPad also requires practice.
I think I’ve done a better job this year. I rely heavily on the generosity shown by other, more talented designers and developers who share their knowledge and wisdom in their blogs. I claim neither knowledge or wisdom but still feel the responsibility to give to the community of communicators after taking so much. Perhaps my own small insights will be of use to someone.
Of course, I write this post to a blog that is very much ‘under construction’. WordPress powers this blog and I am actively editing the theme. It’s happening in a ‘mobile first’ fashion so the site actually looks better on a phone or small tablet. I’ve worked my way up to the 640px breakpoint. It’s like living in a house that is undergoing a renovation of the electrical system.
However, part of my resolution for this new year was (as always) to actively be a designer. Being a designer (and web publisher) is not just a job. I have to live life with my eyes and mind open. I need to intact with my peers. I need to keep learning and keep writing. So thank you Chris for your call to arms. And thanks to all the other writers who will also answer.