Derek Tillotson


I've been making an effort to blog for years now. I do it from time to time, but I always get caught up in things that shouldn't really matter (posting daily, making the site look nice, talking about things I don't otherwise care about, etc.). Having been writing fiction lately, I've really learned about my own feelings as it comes to blogging: I'm too focused on it at times.

The times when I'm too focused make me feel like I'm not focused enough when I'm not blogging. The result is me focusing too much on those that shouldn't really matter and not enough on the entire point of why I write: To better myself and feel happier.

I had a conversation with someone recent where they asked about writing and creative endeavors. I just shot from the hip and said "I find that I tend to feel noticeably happier when I'm writing regularly." The more I reflect on my writing, the more I know that to be one hundred percent true. I've said it before on other blogs: My life feels worse when I'm not writing regularly.

But when I get too obsessed with things that get in the way of writing, I eventually stop writing. That leads to me reading less, learning less, and focusing less on creativity and self-improvement. No matter what I do, it all comes back to writing.

I decided to do something different then. For years (like, over a decade), when I've hosted blogs or websites for personal use, I've relied on WordPress. It's easy, it's free, it's what I'm used to, and there's a ton of documentation on it. There are plenty of reasons to use it. But at the end of the day, there are so many bells and whistles in WordPress that I never use. It's a real mess when I'm just trying to put down words.

That why I'm getting basic.

As of right now (January 23, 2020), I've shifted this site to straight-up HTML. There's no comment section. There are no widgets. No logging in. And not even any CSS at the moment (though I'll probably start fiddling around with that on a rainy day). Right now, I want to make things as simple as possible, so I can focus on words, not...things that aren't words.

Maybe at some point, I'll realize this was a mistake. I'll notice that I hate formatting these posts for HTML and I despise the lack of graphics and colors on my site. But I suppose I'll deal wit that when the time comes.

Written January 23, 2020
Updated January 24, 2020

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