Adjusting to Polyphasic Sleep

When I started sleeping polyphasically 10 days ago, I didn’t think I’d last beyond 4 days. I love to sleep and have a propensity to hit the snooze button a few times per morning wake-up. But now I’ve gotten up by 6am for the past 9 of 10 days, something I’ve probably never done in my life.

The adjustment wasn’t as brutal as I feared, although I’m not completely adjusted yet. The period between waking and my first nap has generally been the worst, but the past two days have been tolerable. I’ve found that waking up in the 5-6am range, with nap 1 at 9:30am-10:30am and nap 2 at 4:30-5:30pm works well for me, as I’m a night owl and have zero trouble feeling great during the evening hours. I just need the naps as pick-me-ups throughout the daytime.

The thing people keep asking me is “what are you going to do with all that extra time?” My answer so far has been “I have no idea.” I’ve also been so tired during the early part of the day until two days ago that it wasn’t exactly useful time. Now, however, I have on answer: I’ll be writing on this blog more. The rest remains to be seen.

The New mattwie.be

You might notice that things look a little different around here. Since business has picked up at Soma Design, I’ve been writing on this blog less and less. Over the last year I’ve been toying with the idea of a radical redesign to 1) amuse myself and 2) to hopefully prod myself into writing more–while I’ve only published 11 posts since the beginning of 2010, I have 22 draft posts in varying states of completeness. My favourite of the bunch is tentatively titled “Battlestar Galactica, Rationality, and Human Nature”–look for it soon.

I have more to say about the redesign on my Soma Design blog, but the short version is this: it’s all about the writing and not at all about anything else, like my WordPress theme. It’s also a responsive design that should adapt itself to a plethora of devices. It’s also a bit rough around the edges still.

Finally, I’ve now made the switch over to the mattwie.be domain. The old mattwiebe.com URLs will redirect to their counterparts on the new domain.

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Three Years

Three years of blogging are now behind me, which I suppose some would call an accomplishment. This blog hasn’t turned into a conversation hub, nor has it sputtered out and died like so many of my friends’ blogs have.

Not having a “following” has been very liberating. There are people who read this thing—some even do so consistently—but I’m not worried about hanging on to a readership by continuing to churn out the same type of writing. If there has been one constant in my blog thus far, it has been change.

My blog, like much of the rest of my life, is a very solitary endeavour. With one exception: this blog has a potential audience of the entire planet. A very odd position for an introvert to be in.

Now, for an excuse to dig into my stats: this is my 364th post in the three year life of this blog, meaning that I’ve averaged a post every three days. In the past year, I’ve had 9527 visitors and 14,322 pageviews. My most popular post published in the last year was On Valedictions, which currently appears as the result #14 on a google search for valedictions.

81% of my visitors use Windows, 16% use Mac, and 1.7% are on Linux. Firefox beat out Internet Explorer 45% to 43% for browser share, with Safari finishing a distant third at 8.2%. 51% of my traffic arrives via search engines, with matt wiebe, valedictions, and variations on “modern day parables” being the top keywords used to arrive here.

USAmerican visitors make up a whopping 55.6% of my visitors, which means that I should try harder to hector them. Fellow Canadians finish a distant second with 23.2%. The Philippines won out for non-English-speaking countries with 1.1% to finish in 5th place. All told, I’ve had visitors from 116 countries.

Well, that was a bunch of numbers. Expect more words in the following year. Hopefully some of them witty, some of them challenging, and some of them profound. Likely many will be garden-variety ignorant. This blog is a work in progress, and to whatever readers are out there with me, thanks for putting up with me. Here’s to another year.

Writer’s Block

Making this post is like a blank slate that doesn’t seem to fill up no matter what I throw at it. I’ve started writing and rewriting it countless times, each time using the backspace key to perform what once was a much more satisfying task of rolling a piece of paper into a crumpled ball of disillusionment and heaving it across the room.

I’m beginning to think that this writer’s block (blogger’s block?) is because the things that I’m really craving to write are not things that are meant for a blog. Or at least, they’re the kinds of writing that I wouldn’t want to put on my blog.

I don’t think that this means that I’ll stop blogging. On the contrary, I wouldn’t be surprised if it in some way frees me up to do more blogging, as I’ll have more than one channel for my writing impulses to flow in.

Creativity, flow!

Create a Morning Writing Ritual

Create a Morning Writing Ritual

The above article link goes out to all of the people out there who, like me, love to write and don’t feel like they do enough of it. One of the things that keeps me from writing as often as I’d like is that I wait until I feel that I have a topic worthy of writing about. When inspiration doesn’t strike in just the right way, I feel crippled.

Basically, this article recommends making writing a routine part of your life; a discipline. I think that he’s on to something.

I think that one of the keys to this for a blogger is that we shouldn’t feel like everything we write needs to be “blog-worthy.” I hadn’t even realized that I was thinking this way until I wrote this, but now that I realize it, I see that this thinking needs to change.