This blog is 10 years old this month.
I didn’t even realize it until yesterday.
I was reading through the archives of a blog I just discovered. The author’s archives went back to 2012.
It made me wonder how far mine went back, so I checked.
And lo and behold, February of 2009 was my debut here. And I have amassed close to 700 posts.
When I first started, the idea here was that I would be on the lookout for things that inspired me, and then write about them. Thus the title, Inspiration Location.
That didn’t last long, though. After a while I just found myself writing about whatever I was obsessing about at the moment, inspiring or not.
Now the idea is to chronicle my thoughts as I tend my streaks and develop my projects.
Back in 2016 I self-published a little book called The Project-Driven Life. It’s basically tips and tricks for finding out who you want to be when you grow up. It involves tending streaks and completing projects.
My next project is a book called The Yoga of Everything and I have started maintaining some streaks that will help get it finished: writing 1K words daily, reading, meditating, and blogging here once a week.
But, back to that new-found blog.
Whenever I find a new blog, the first place I go is to the About page.
I want to know: Who is this person? Where do they live? How old are they? What do they do besides blog? Do I have anything in common with them?
I want to see their picture. I want to know a little of their backstory.
I don’t have an About page currently. I changed WordPress themes recently and forgot to include one.
Maybe that’s a lie.
Maybe I didn’t forget.
Maybe it’s just that I hate writing About pages. They never seems to fit me and they keep going out of date as my life morphs and changes.
For example, if I say I’m a 66 year-old yoga teacher living in northern Pennsylvania, is that an accurate description? It’s true, of course, but is it my true deal?
I don’t think so.
What if I say: I’ve been writing every day in personal journals for over 40 years?
Now, that might be getting closer.
I think it’s because if you’re the kind of person who writes down your thoughts every day, and keeps doing it obsessively for decades, you’re defined by that activity.
We are what we repeatedly do. ~Aristotle
And you also find out that you’re that weirdo that needs to write down your thoughts every day.
But seriously, a journal is a place you go to describe yourself, analyze yourself, contemplate yourself.
And then, if you do a strenuous amount of editing, take out all the gibberish, remove the nonsense, and give your words a beat to dance to, voila, you have yourself a post.
Which is basically what I do here.
And have been doing for 10 years, apparently.
If you’ve been following along here, for however long. Thank you. It makes me really happy to have readers. So onward!
Persistently. With reverence. For a long time. ~Patanjali