I’ve been asked a couple times by friends why I haven’t done any writing, meaning longer-form stuff- about life in Japan. Short version: gaijin bloggers are a dime-a-dozen, so beyond flooding everyone on the photographical side (hello instagram and my other tumblr ::: followplzkthx) I decided to wait a full year before I started putting pen to paper.
That deadline is coming up soon. August. It’s been a crazy span of time with a lot to absorb in terms of culture-shift, changes in personal life (marriage, illness and recovery in the family) along with the mundane day-to-day business (like: I’m going to the dentist on a regular basis for the first time in 15+ years because I can actually afford it here! Ask me about my root canal. You know you want to.). All of which makes me glad I visited three times before I made the big jump.
So… I’m not sure where I’d post. Do I want to maintain ANOTHER tumblr? (Hell no)
kansaisukiyanen is a photo blog that says what I think needs to be said, and using my standardgrey tumblr as a venue for anything thoughtful seems pointless since I found that doing anything that requires work beyond hitting “reblog” always gets lost in the dashboard flow and slips by unnoticed by randoms and peers alike.
That’s the nature of tumblr, I suppose, and specifically this one, the one you’re reading right now—-it’s always been meant to be my image/link dump and scrapbook of my interweb trawls over morning coffee/bedtime whiskey; my “ooh, pretty blinkies/neat ideas” procrastination playground while I catch up on the headphones. So despite 1,000+ followers, it’s unsurprising to me when my writing vanishes while some image shared from, I dunno, haw-lin or but does i float explodes. That’s why I usually don’t bother.
Heck, I’ve moused over the “delete this tumblr” button more than a few times.
And, I’m busy. Of course. I’m writing this when I should be doing three other important things, nevermind trying to make work, pitch, hustle. Life is very different now, and that might account for the writer’s/general creative block too—-only published two pieces this year (Daido Moriyama review in Border Crossings — what up, Mr Twerdy! — and a feature on Phonography/Field recording in Blackflash) so…yeah.