A change of pace to break up a pattern

In the midst of data analysis and writing up results focused on one of the key insights emerging from the masses of information hidden within the remote resilience project’s datasets means making a change of pace from the rather frantic reading and writing I’d been lately doing. I’ve discovered, via experimentation, that the two are not wholly compatible if I want my analysis to lead to synthesis.

I found I need to let the themes and the patterns I’m seeing in the data to settle for a while undisturbed by other inputs or any other type of analysis for long enough for a coherent narrative or synthesis to fully emerge. I’ve reached a point where adding more information to my brain from sources outside of my dataset is not constructive.

This is new for me. What this implies for the blog, I don’t know.

If I consider the blog as a tool for thinking and writing and space where to navel gaze, as I’m doing now, or to analyze and critically look at other’s work, as I’ve done in the recent past, then there shouldn’t be an issue about, with, or for the blog.

On the other hand, I’m from the blogging generation who grew up under the pressure of generating content regularly and periodically – once we got started, as I did again this March. Its an interesting thought to ponder, this deliberation over letting go of the pressure to perform in public.

Of allowing the rhythm to find its own beat. Of lying fallow while seeds germinate elsewhere. Of leaving the door open to return as and when I choose, if I need to, but relieving myself of any sense of responsibility to show up regularly, just because I’ve been doing so of late.

Breaking patterns is probably the most powerful thing one can do right now on the internet, given just how rapidly they have begun to form and then creating a sense of pressure to generate content. Out of nowhere.

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