What’s the use of a blog about about public spaces?
The coming of December marks 3 years of almost daily, at one point twice daily, blog posts here on MyWHaT. The effort has been an attempt to weave seemingly random items of interest into a semi-coherent collection of intentional ideas for our public spaces. Mostly locally focused, but not always.
At times, MyWHaT posts have been introspective or reflective, other times exploratory, introductory, matter-of-fact, wistful, or, perhaps for some, forward thinking. Sometimes freaky or tricky. Often posts have been upbeat, positive, funny, or arousing; more often, they have been a bit cranky (see also, here, here, here, here, here and, certainly, here…) and sometimes poignant and sharp, perhaps a bit academic or pedantic. Mostly, the goal was to be encouraging, if not useful.
It is actually fun, interesting, and empowering. Many mornings I wake up without a clue as to what I will write about. The next thing I know, I’m typing. And, despite the vulnerability that washes over me when I put a strong view out-there, I’m eventually able to use that energy to build confidence.
I’m not confident that I have all the right answers, in fact I’m fully aware that I can be wrong; often, I am. Still, there’s confidence knowing that you can be wrong and learn from that point. Engaged readers, both those who comment and those who introduce themselves on the streets, are critical to that learning aspect.
For the rest of December I’ll be taking a step back from the blog. I’m less certain than ever of the blog’s future and need some time away from a daily blog to reflect on that. As well, I need to access my new postion on the city’s planning commission and explore how I can play a role in a more open public process in that position. It may indeed be by maintaining MyWHaT, another blog, a combination, or through an entire other means. I do know that open government is one of my priorities.
I may chime in during this month (it is hard not to) and from day to day I will post from the archive a “sticky” to the front page. Otherwise, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or on the street; I love hearing from you.
Parting question: How has a specific MyWHaT post, or type of post, been useful for you and/or your community?
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