I’m taking time off to evaluate my next project on this site. I should be back to some mode of posting from October 3rd.
It’s been a year since I started this blog. Its started off with making graphs for a few friends. In retrospect – I was delusional in thinking I would start a blog and post graphs, even more delusional in deciding it should be every day and then doing it 290 times in the past year. I’ve spent many many hours creating this – have to be delusional to love something so much to spend this time on it.
It started out as fun, but then most days posting was more rigor than scribbling on a piece of paper. Shipping is not easy! I have even greater respect for people who ship – making anything even in the smallest form and showing it to the world takes courage and even more courage to do it regularly.
What did this bring me over the last year ? Much more than I could have ever imagined. It served as an unintentional resume for my current job (at Visual.ly), was an outlet for self expression, tremendous personal growth, a platform where I could share the some of my thoughts on data analysis and the realization there is tremendous joy in sharing.
Why did I opt for this period of self reflection? I promised myself I would evaluate this at the end of the year. I think I may branch out to something different – my self expression may or may no longer be graphs and my attempts to teach may be more frequent than a bi-weekly data analysis. I need to check the direction I’m going and once a year is a good time to evaluate that. It still maybe the same for the next year – it’s necessary for me to take time out to think this through.
What’s next? I don’t know yet. As I said it maybe the same. But I do know that this blog will always serve the purpose of self expression, follow my curiosity and teaching. The medium maybe weird graphs, words, terrible sketches, data analysis or something else – that changes. The other thing that will be constant is that I will try to continue to ship with a discipline that pushes my self perceived limits of work ethic .
Finally and the most important – this one year of posting has not been mine. It’s a huge thank you to mentors and friends – who sometimes saw in me what I didn’t see in myself. A few mentions: Vid – for endless conversations and hosting, Amaresh for taking out the time out to read my data posts and give me feedback and thinking I’m not crazy, Graham – for reading posts when not asked to and giving valuable suggestions , Pablo – for reading posts when asked to and making me realize humor is so hard, Avinash Kaushik for the surprising support on Twitter – which would get me the occasional surprising crazy traffic.
There are so many more – some unexpected support on Twitter, emails and blog comments. Thank you to all.
Will be back soon.