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Blog // Artistry
March 18, 2016

Winter Is Over – Or Where This Site And Blog Is Going Next

For the last couple of years, this site has been focussed on creativity, with a lot of the articles blogposts exploring what creativity is, and how we can get more of it in our lives. I’ve been trying to speak to a fairly broad audience, trying to answer the kinds of questions I get asked, […]

For the last couple of years, this site has been focussed on creativity, with a lot of the articles blogposts exploring what creativity is, and how we can get more of it in our lives. I’ve been trying to speak to a fairly broad audience, trying to answer the kinds of questions I get asked, over coffee, over meals, over drinks, by folks who work in all sorts of jobs.

That’s going to change.

Writing about creativity was a natural place to go, as I looked back on the process of leaving academia and going back to music, then moving into photography. It made sense to write a book about it and continue writing blogposts on the subject. But, I now feel like I’ve said everything I want to say about creativity, or at least, everything I can say without repeating myself a little bit more than you might want me to.

So, where do we go from here?

I’ve had a lot of fun making weekly YouTube videos, partly because it allows me to share my work and where I do it, like in this small tour of the studio. The videos are bringing back of the joy of sharing what I do and the tools I use to do it all. I have’t quite got the hang of doing reviews or onscreen tutorials, but it’s a lot of fun trying. I want to bring that kind of fun back to the blog.

So, you can expect more practical, hands on stuff.

Over recent months, I’ve written some very personal blogposts, some of the most revealing stuff I’ve ever shared online. From reflections on marriage, to the feeling of being injured, to childhood memories. Quite a few of you have noticed this.

You can also expect a lot more personal stuff.

Finally, I’ve realised that I share little of where I live. This makes no sense, because I live in Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest cities, a place that begs to be explored and shared.

And, you can expect a lot more slices of everyday Tokyo life.

Design-wise, the site is going to change a little over the coming weeks. Most of these will be small improvements. But, the big changes, to the nature and focus of the blog should be obvious. I hope you enjoy them.

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Toni 7 years ago

If this is becoming more of a personal blog, then I very much welcome the change.

    fernando 7 years ago

    Toni – thanks for your comments & I hope you enjoy the site. I’m not sure it’s becoming “more” of a personal blog, since everything I write is personal anyway. Over recent months I’ve written some of the most personal and self-revealing stuff I’ve ever posted online.

    What may have happened over the years is that some of the personal reflections when elsewhere. The columns I wrote for The South China Morning Post on parenting were very personal and also many of the stories in my book were also personal – all that that has never made it onto the blog.

Yi Shun Lai 7 years ago

Huzzah! I love your personal work, seeing slices of both you and your life. But you already knew that.

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