As you may have noticed, I have not been blogging frequently. In fact, since I aired this website last April I have only written two blog posts! That was definitely not my intention when I started out. I wanted to regularly show my work, to give you a peek behind the scenes, a peek into my lab.
Instead the only posts I have written have been about work I finished. What happened? Well, it turns out I find showing my work, especially the process, very hard! Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an introverted person. I generally don’t open up easily to people I don’t know well. I ‘watch the cat from the tree’ as we say in Dutch. (Ha! That sounds so wrong in English! What I mean to say is that I usually see which way the wind blows before I open up.) Also, I am not very adept at small talk. I like to talk, but mostly when I think I have something important to say.
That leads me to excuse number two: I often assume I have nothing worth sharing. When I scrutinize this thought I think I may not always know whether something is worth sharing until I do. After all, one of the reasons I do want to share is to hopefully get some reactions from you and use those as input for my work. So if you read this, please let me know your thoughts about what I share. They are very much appreciated!
Which leads me to excuse number three: sharing more of my process makes me feel vulnerable. Think of all the opinions people will have! However, as stated above, I also want those opinions to grow in my work. I guess there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Finally, excuse number four: I tend to make things difficult for myself. When I started this website I decided I wanted to publish everything is English and Dutch, which of course means a lot more work than when I just write in one language. So, starting today I will only write the blog posts in English. This should make it easier to regularly write something.
Please say hello in the comments to let me know you are out there!