Before launching into a somewhat heady blog post about my two-month absence from old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com, here is a little tidbit, an ambient nature recording I made a few days ago in nearby Shindagin Hollow. Blue Jay, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Veery, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and more … Enjoy!:
Finding My Way Home:
I officially launched old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com in early May, after nearly ten months of work on the website. Then I fell silent. My last blog post is dated May 4 and now it’s early July. So what happened? Perhaps some of you are interested in knowing.
I guess you can say I fell out of the flow. What do I mean by that? Well, the “flow” refers to my ongoing immersion in nature, coupled with the social part of it … sharing with others. If all is going well, I am not only immersed, but I’m also not overloaded and I’m in a positive frame of mind, excited to share my discoveries through old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com (which I’ve set up for that specific purpose).
But I got overwhelmed with things. My extended work on the website had exhausted me and spring was literally “slipping through my fingers”. I found myself running around in panic, trying to grab (videotape, sound record, etc.) as much of the unfolding as possible.
I was also busy spending gobs of money on new equipment (portable jib, portable dolly, new cameras, new lenses, etc.). All of this stuff needed to be thoroughly field tested and there just wasn’t enough time to do it. The birds and flowers have their own mind and they weren’t about to wait for me to get my act together.
Thus, my experience became one of deep frustration. I actually got depressed enough that I was questioning the sanity of founding old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com in the first place. How on earth would I be able to find the time and energy to go through with it all?
Well, now that it’s summer, I am settling down a bit. I’m beginning to taste bit of the flow and I don’t feel so rushed. Natural events are still zooming by, but I’m accepting that I simply cannot catch it all.
Furthermore, I’m taking a hard look at the way I’ve set up old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com, especially my workflow for NatureWatch vignettes. I’ve concluded that they’re too difficult to create, what with all the “additional information” I’ve been providing in support of each featured video. Surely I can make it easier on myself and others who might join in the effort.
The solution? Why not keep NatureWatch simple by publishing compelling videos accompanied only by brief but supportive essays? Why not stay focused on the poetry of it all, on providing tasty “bites” rather than full course meals? My plan is to simplify, to streamline the process of publishing, to make the old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com vision do-able in the short run, which is all that counts right now anyway. Right?
So I’m now settling-in, feeling a more balanced internal rhythm, and also feeling much more positive about old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com. I have a number of new NatureWatch video projects in the works, and hope to publish the first one very soon (featuring the Wood Thrush). Yes, I am FINDING MY WAY HOME, after two months of being pretty much unable to do anything with my newly-fledged non-profit. Exciting videos are on the immediate horizon, so please stay tuned!
p.s. Many thanks to Lisa Rainsong, who has helped in the interim by publishing a couple of blog posts, and also to Wil Hershberger, who will soon be posting as well. Good work guys!