When I wrote about ending this blog 2 days ago, I was in what you might call a state of mild confused desperation. These (warm summer) days, I'm:
• (joyfully) working on a new book
• trying to figure out how to get more of our books out in bookstores (where people can see them, and pick them up...)
• revamping our digital communications
• shuffling a ton of other things I want to do right now.
Life is rich.
Thank you guys for the comments. I mean, really! Stephanie gets it. I love ya too, Stephanie. So good to hear I'm connecting.
With the process of iteration, here's where I'm at this morning:
I'll keep the blog going. Thanks, George, Rick, Sharkey, etc.
I won't keep trying to do a post a day. Too stressful, and causing me to sometimes put up less-than-great stuff just to fill in daily gaps. I'll do a lot less posting stuff from other websites, but put up original material, stuff I've done or witnessed, photos new to the internet world. If you were checking it daily, now check it weekly.
Blogs aren't going to be eliminated by social media, any more than radio was eliminated by TV, or TV eliminated by the internet. They all have their function.
Other digital stuff In discussions yesterday with my two 30-something-year-old consultants, Sean Hellfritsch and my son Evan, we roughed out a plan: I'm going to do Instagram posts from an iPhone 6 (mostly when I'm out and around in the world). I'll also start tweeting again (fun!). We'll figure out how to coordinate our extensive home/shelter/building content on my blog, theshelterblog, Instagram, Tumbl'r, Twitter, linking back and forth. Facebook too. Sean's going to come up with a plan, Evan's going to do much of the posting. We'll get the plan together when Rick and Lew are back.
List of things I want to do: make knives (add handles to carbon steel blades), make leather knife sheaths with copper rivets, make abalone shell pendants, make garden furniture out of old split redwood fence posts (with tenon tool), catching rock fish, stripers (never caught one), keep clamming, skinning roadkill (fiddling with making a fur coat), seeking the little fish of the area (mackerel, smelt, anchovies, sardines) with throw nets, hunting (deer and pig), getting my 12' Aluminum Klamath/15 HP Evinrude back in action (motor just rebuilt) + going by boat to remote beaches to camp for night + just maybe, on a calm day, motoring into SF, taking bike, anchoring at Marina Greens dock, getting around city on bike, sleeping on boat at night…
Foraging and gathering, pickling, preserving various foods, building and tending compost piles, firewood + kindling, tending plants, skateboarding, paddleboarding, hiking, swimming, improving posture, building back upper body strength, stretching, yoga, hot springs occasionally, playing the bass (looking for fretless base guitar), practicing violin and ukulele once in a while, making some videos (doing one next week on office workout equipment), exploring in general, kayaking (another trip on dark night to be in midst of bioluminescence + a trip planned for 2-mile high-tide paddle and camp overnight), backpacking, going to Louie's (next week), exploring San Francisco and NYC, building a sleeping platform outside, learning to shoot photos and post online from iPhone 6, shooting pictures…
Everywhere I look there's stuff to do.
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