Berin’s Rules for Blogging

Following up on Berin’s Rules for Social Media, here are Berin’s Rules for Blogging. A concise set of guidelines and expectations around what I do here in this space, as well as why and even a bit of how I do it. This should be considered a living document, which means I reserve the right…

Monastic Discipline and Deep Work

I’m reading a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, about how the internet and modern life have forced us into a pattern of shallow and superficial thinking. We live in sound bites, YouTube clips, and constant interruption. It’s hard to dedicate time to deeper, more meditative contemplation on any issues. It’s a problem because some…

The Difference Between an Artist and a Product

Over the weekend Katie and I watched Saturday Night Live, and we got into a discussion about, of all things, Ed Sheeran. Now, neither of us are fans, but we don’t have anything against him, either. He’s just not our cup of tea, and we’re not his demographic. We did agree that we respect him,…

Embrace the Power of Your Creative Process

The theme running through everything for me today is the relationship between art, the artist, and the audience. Katie’s head is in this space because her Master’s thesis, and her Ph.D. proposal, touch on the value of art education in relation to the agency and identity of art educators. I’m thinking about it because it’s…

I Am Neither Dead Nor Dreaming

In the coming weeks I have some very aggressive deadlines. To be able to hit my marks, I won’t be posting here or on most social media with any scheduled regularity. It’s not unplugging so much as adjusting priorities around how I utilize my time. I’m just going to be less chatty for a while.…