Last Wednesday was World Creativity and Innovation Day, designated by the United Nations “to raise the awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development”. Nice, but maybe something like that deserves more than one day.
For the first few decades of my life, I never thought of myself as creative. Maybe that’s why I gravitated towards math and science. They appeared to be mostly structured and more approachable for someone with little talent for something like writing or music.
At least, that’s the way those subjects were presented when I was in school. I only realized after a couple of years in my own classroomI that I had been misled. Good teaching requires a great deal of creativity, and that’s especially true of those “hard” sciences like mathematics.
I started blogging early in this century,1 partially as a way to push myself into learning to be more creative. Leaning into photography as an art form (as opposed to just documenting scenes) started about the same time.
So, I’ve been asking myself, is the lack of output around here just writer’s/creator’s block or a total lack of talent? Can I blame the pandemic?
While the upheaval of the past two-plus years hasn’t been fun for anyone, I know many creative people who have been impacted far more by it than I have. So I can’t and won’t use COVID as a rational for whatever issues I have making good use of this space.
When I first started renting2 this site at the end of the last century, I landed on the name Assorted Stuff because I had a variety of ideas for what I could do with a site on the web.
However, at my core I’m an educator, and my vision (if I can apply that lofty term) was always on helping people learn… something.
That “something” has changed over the years but that idea is a good place to start figuring out what want to do next with this space.
Thanks for reading my rambling brain dump.
The cartoon above is from FoxTrot by Bill Amend. He stopped drawing the daily strip in 2006 but the Sunday feature is still going, and still mostly funny. Both the “classic” and new strips are available on GoComics (which, at 20 bucks a year for all the comics you can handle, is a great bargain).
1. Almost twenty years ago!
2. No one gets to “buy” a domain name. The best you can do is get a ten-year lease and remember to renew when the time is up.