Creative people work in chapters.
This is something I heard yesterday in a podcast that really grabbed my attention. The speaker was sharing their story, telling how every 8 years or so they wind up getting into something completely new, and they saw it as a natural state of the creative person.
It’s normal for most creatives to move between projects and passions, closing one chapter in order to start the next.
This is me.
(Or for any other Jordan Jesse Go fans out there, “It Me! I’m That!”)
My life is a story of chapters, from music to anime to video editing to blogging to photography to travel to coffee to reading to…
Many times I’ve thought about telling my story, writing those chapters one by one, since many chapters of my life have a definite beginning and end, but usually I’m focused on whatever is currently taking over.
Hobbies and passions are like a fire. It starts with a spark, and I pile on plenty of sticks and logs until it burns strong and bright. I try to keep feeding the fire, always assuming it’s the last fire I will ever build, but it gets more difficult to find suitable logs and eventually it starts to burn out.
And in those last days, months, even years, I’m just fanning the coals, trying to keep it alive and thinking “what happened?”
That’s the end of a chapter, and that’s something I am learning to appreciate. Part of my creative nature is always going to lead me to find something new.
What does this mean for The Coffee Minimalist?
It means changes are coming. I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of this blog, the way it’s changed over the past 3 years, and what I should be focusing on right now.
To be honest, this blog never recovered from the very first time I took a long break. I don’t have an audience, a base of readers who regularly tune in, outside of a few family members and friends perhaps. Most of the people landing on this page arrive at some of my oldest content, searching for tips on home roasting, traveling with the Aeropress, and sometimes minimalist-related thoughts.
I’m not helping any of those people anymore. I have nothing to share on roasting or using a travel coffee kit, and more and more I have nothing to say about the coffee I drink, at home or otherwise, because my mind is on other things.
So what am I doing here?
I have things to write about, they just don’t have anything to do with coffee. I have some important personal projects that are taking over my life for the next couple years, and I haven’t decided just yet if I’m going to use this space to share my story or if I need a fresh start.
I might just clean up the place, archive a lot of the old stuff so that I’m not luring new readers with false hopes of roasting and cupping practice. Or I might wipe it clean and continue my online persona as The Coffee Minimalist with a completely new blog, no old content, just the start of a new chapter.
The only thing I know for sure is that my coffee-obsessed chapter is coming to a close, and it may not come back for a long time, if ever. Anyone who’s met me in the past few years wouldn’t think that possible, but the same could be said of anyone who knew me when I was a musician, or when I was leading one of the biggest anime fan groups in Florida. I always dig deeply into whatever I’m currently passionate about, but that doesn’t mean it’s forever.
Creative people work in chapters. And it’s time for me to start a new one.