Restarting the Blog

I’ve been off of updating the blog for a long while, and I’m not really happy with my earlier posts, so I’ve decided to remove most of my stuff and start over from a clean slate.

I remember that I always preached about trying to put out the best content you possibly could. Habit of Excellence was the name of the article I talked about. Well, when I look at my videos and old articles now, pretty much only one of them I’m satisfied with is the Malaysia post which I ended up leaving up. And it’s not matter of me lacking skill or talent to do better. I simply didn’t work hard enough on the old posts, let alone the videos. I see my videos for what they are – pretty unbearable to watch.

I’m not going to cease making videos. Instead, I’m going to work hard on them, record and re-record them, cut and polish them, do my best the really deliver excellence, just like the article said. I simply wasn’t practicing what I was preaching earlier, not in any facet of blogging. However, video is not my medium, so I’m not going to be using it on every video.

Because another thing I preached about was consistency – and blog wasn’t a consistent part of my life. It might have been consistent thing in my mind, but if the only consistently relating to it is consistency to put off writing into it, of course it’s going to not work.

Now I have a set time to write and/or work on the blog every day. It doesn’t mean I’m going to post every day. I aim for once a week, but if I am to work hard on really producing quality content, even that might be too often. But at least it will mean that blog will now be a consistent part of my life.

Lastly a scrapped feature of the project is book reviews and other random reviews. They just didn’t fit to the overall feel of the blog.

If you’ve got any comments or think some other posts besides the one about Malaysia should be resurrected, feel free to make a comment.

6 Responses to “Restarting the Blog”

  1. Sergio Felix October 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Hey Jarkko, do whatever you feel is right man, if that means restarting your blog just go for it.

    I really think you were doing a wonderful job and even if you believe your older information wasn’t good enough, it may have been good to have because people can see how you progressed over time.

    Now that it’s gone, well it’s gone, focus on the important bits for now and stop worrying about how good or bad your past actions are.

    You are the PRESENT anyway!

    All the best and hope you can keep it up man, speak soon.

    Sergio

    • Jarkko Helenius October 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Sergio. The old posts are only in the “trash” folder so should I change my mind about them, I can still save them. I left the first post up to have that contrast of improvement anyway.

      I will need to still think about, there are some borderline posts but I might instead want to revisit the same subjects later and do a better job covering it.

      Indeed I’m present and I’ll start pounding in new content to the blog soon!

  2. Janie Thomson October 21, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Hi Jarkko. I’ve always thought you were too hard on yourself. It’s good that you strive for excellence, but if everyone started at excellence there would be no room for growth. I’m glad you saved the first post for comparison. Apart from anything else, when new people start out on their journey into blogging and look at your blog they will be able to see where you started and how you’ve progressed, and how much work it has taken. That’s encouraging, you know? It’s your human story, and it makes it seem possible for them.

    • Jarkko Helenius October 21, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Yes well I do agree with you. However, I don’t feel like the content that I put out was even the best I could put out at the ability I had at the time. I was disappointed with the effort I had on the posts, not my ability.

  3. Akos Fintor October 23, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Hey Jarkko,

    Your post reminded my the documentary called “Jordan Riding The Boss”, where Michael Jordan just gave up on basketball to become a baseball player.
    Well, it’s your life and you’re free to whatever you’d like with it.

    Cool blog!
    Akos

    • Jarkko Helenius October 23, 2012 at 4:31 am #

      Thanks, though I think a better analogy would be giving up playing bad basketball to play it better. That’s the way I see it. Cheers.

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