Published: November 2016


The funk is real.

November was gruesome. The angst and hate of the election season. Print jobs that went sideways. A washing machine that stopped working and had to be replaced. A much-loved mentor died. The end of the semester loomed. Complicated holiday schedules. Personal issues and professional issues that swirled together in a maelstrom of chaos. I was in a funk. And the funk spilled over into the blog.

I didn’t feel like writing.

A couple of months ago, I started a couple of “weekly” series. The idea was that it would be easy to keep on schedule if I had these structured posts. About midway through the month, I ditched “On Typekit” because it just wasn’t working. I’ve enjoyed the Designer Toolkit posts, but I’m starting to think it’s not something I want to do as a weekly series.

I was reasonably productive, even if I wasn’t writing. I designed a logo for a new podcast and the redesigned my Sketchbook B and In Store Columbia logos to match the style. I started to post older posts to Medium. I got back on Dribbble. I’ve been working on the award design for this years’ InShow cube. And I’ve been experimenting with some prototype podcasts and even some animation for a possible video project.

But I haven’t felt like writing. And to be honest, I still don’t feel like writing.

I was really happy with four posts this month: Martin Luther, Content Strategist*, Twitterless, Formatting a really long web address and Remembering Judy Davis. And I want to focus on more posts like those. So that’s the plan for December… focus on the longer stuff and don’t worry about how many posts I finish and post. I plan to keep In Store Columbia and Forgotten Slides rolling along.

Finally, it's the Advent season. Which means it's time for my annual Advent Resolution: To prayerful consider the coming year. Using the beginning of the church year to prepare for the beginning of the calendar year. I don't know if I'll post much about my reflections like I did last year, but that might be what I need to break out of the funk.


* Technically, Martin Luther, Content Strategist was posted in October. But since I posted it after October's summary, I'm including it here.


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Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. In his spare time, he struggles to be productive. Follow Bob on Twitter and Instagram.