Looking over the archives, I see that I wrote my first blog post a year ago today. So today seems like a good day to make a ktismatics overhaul.
I thought about quitting. I want to write another novel, as well as a some more extended pieces on psychology that extend beyond the length of a typical blog post. I tend to write posts in clusters, devoting days or even weeks to the same topic. That style can make it hard for a reader to jump in on any random day without having to back up and read the prior days’ posts. So I thought about changing my blog style, making each post a self-contained item like most other blogs. But I’m wanting to get more focused rather than less so.
I’m also starting my therapy practice here in Boulder. I find it difficult to describe my orientation in a few words, so I’m thinking maybe the blog might help establish a context. I don’t want to turn ktismatics into a self-help service or an advertisement, nor do I want to depersonalize my posts and comments to keep from revealing too much about my own pathologies. But what the heck: I don’t claim to be the paragon of mental health.
Then I thought about stopping this blog and starting up a new one. I could change the look, the focus, maybe even the name. Maybe I’d find it invigorating. I could put in a link to the old blog for those who want to troll the archives, but I could more or less leave the old obsessions behind and work on some new ones. Again, though, why not just tweak ktismatics a little? My old obsessions aren’t likely to go away, and besides, hardly anybody reads the archives anyway.
So I’ve decided to carry on: same blog, same name, same general approach, but with a few changes:
- I’ve taken down the pages referencing my book on Genesis 1. Ktismatics began as a means of calling attention to the book and elaborating on the ideas it contains: generally I deem the blog a failure in achieving that end. Now it’s the practice’s turn…
- I’m going to add a page describing the practice, for those locals who might want to give it a try. I posted one version of such a description previously; I’ll put up a new one tomorrow. Of course if my experience in drawing attention to the Genesis 1 book is anything to go on, then the blog page about the practice is likely not to draw much attention either.
- I’ve added a blogroll, mostly because it makes it easier for me to consolidate in one place the links to blogs I read regularly. This use of a blogroll is probably obvious to everyone else, but it took me awhile to get it.
- I might use the upper left sector of the blog for announcements. E.g., if there’s a movie I intend to watch and write a post about, I can let people know ahead of time in case they too want to watch it and engage in discussion.
- I might start categorizing the posts a little more informatively. If I can be bothered, I might even recategorize the archives.
- I might start printing off copies of the day’s post and distributing them around town. If I do this I might add to the post a very brief description of the practice, thereby creating a weird sort of sales brochure. If I get ready to do this I’ll post an example of what the “ad” part might look like.
For those of you who read ktismatics on a regular or occasional basis, thanks for following along. If you have any observations or suggestions about the blog please let me know.