I come from a military family and am quite used to moving from place to place. As a hopeless itinerant, I’ve lived out of my car for months at a time, and I know well the value of space. If my entire life can’t fit in my car, I have too many things!
Indeed, gifts are stressful to me because they often take up space, that oh so valuable commodity. My grandmother once bought me a toaster oven as a graduation gift at a time when I was living out of my car and it took effort for me to be grateful for it. (What was I supposed to do with a toaster oven?!)
This attitude is starkly in contrast with some of my friends, mainly those who have lived in the same place for the entire lives…some whose parents have lived in the same house THEIR entire lives, and their grandparents before them.
I was helping a friend to clean out his barn last weekend; the barn has been in his family for several generations, and it is full to the rafters with just…stuff. Fascinating stuff, some of which should be in a museum, much of which holds sentimental memories for him, but all of which, to me, is too much.
So, one would think that I’d have a great mastery of this sense of space. But I have come to realize that I am quite careless with space when it comes to this blog. I am ready and willing to put dozens of photos of a hike in a single post. I realize, as I reach the limits of this space, that this habit is not only leading to a problem (where I can’t post any more photos because I am out of space), but also that I should check my blogging ego at the door.
By blogging ego, I mean that I should check the assumption that visitors to this space should want to see five million photos of a day of hiking (or a particularly cute bee), all in full resolution.
One of my resolutions for the New Year is to be more careful about how I use the space here, to clean and reduce old posts, and remove lower quality photographs from my site. Hopefully, this will make it a more enjoyable place for people to visit!
Spring cleaning, internet style.