Saturday, January 19, 2013

What's new in 2013?

Haven't posted in a couple of months. We've been really busy getting settled into our new place here in the Texas Hill Country.  Before moving, we would travel out to our property and spend a week or two working on projects.  In between trips, we documented and blogged about our sustainable efforts. Recently, now that we live so close to our property, we don't really have much time between projects.  So, I just haven't been writing lately.  

The good news, on the other hand, is that we are working on a lot of projects. Much progress has been made lately, and we are very excited about it.  Some of our projects are complex in scope and are overlapping in terms of their implementation timeline.  Even more exciting is that the systems we are building and implementing also overlap in functionality to support our future homestead and ranch.  So, I have a lot to tell you.

Just as a garden is a system and you have a process to maintain it, a blog is a system that needs to be maintained.  In the 7 Habits book, by the late Steven Covey, when a process seems to become stale or takes more effort than you can sustain, then you should take a step back and reevaluate the system, your purpose for it and your ability to maintain it.  The habit called "Sharpen the Saw" is the habit that advocates taking time to think through  changes, analyze tools and methods, and practice.

So, that's what i'm doing with this blog, I'm sharpening the saw. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with family, friends, and meet new people that have similar interests.  The purpose is the same as it ever was.  

So while my topics have always had the same theme, how we are trying to make choices that are sustainable, now I need to make writing this blog a sustainable process so that I can post more regularly. 

Besides the location and lifestyle changes that we've made recently, there have been many technology changes since we started this blog a couple of years ago.  Topic-wise, I would like to share more about our sustainable projects and the progress of our cabin, ranch, gardens, orchards, wildlife management, and total homestead.  I would really like to know more about the people that are reading - where are you, what drives your sustainable efforts, and what projects are you working?  

Over the next couple weeks, we will be reevaluating the format of the blog, how we gather information for the blog, and how we present our ideas- the media we use (pics, video, audio), and how we distribute our postings.  If there's something in particular you would like in this blog, please let me know by commenting below.

So hang in there, I'll be posting to you again real soon.

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