I dig this blog. A lot. I've really enjoyed creating a space where like minded lovers of all things wooden and good can come together to revel in some of the fabulous footwear that fashion designers have dreamed up. If I had my way (or as Melissa would put it, if I were Duchess of The Universe), I would devote at least three hours each day to researching, designing, writing, and uploading a brand new post. Because I dig shoes. And this blog has been an excellent portal for sharing and celebrating that passion.
But the reality is that I've got this day job. And it helps me do things I like to do. Such as buy new shoes. And pay my mortgage. And avoid declaring bankruptcy. So that's the trump card that gets played on my free time every week. When the workday needs more of my time on occasion, I'm forced to give it. I know it's not brain surgery, but whenever I do have to stay late it's precisely because I can't just walk out at quitting time with the patient lying on the table. Some of my discretionary time must necessarily go to fulfilling my responsibilities as an employee.
And then there's my passion for music. I've been very fortunate that my performing group of 2-1/2 years has taken on some momentum and promises to keep growing. I love what we've accomplished with our regular residency at a music venue in Chicago. And I'm even more enamored of the potential this group has to blossom into something more should the stars align. There goes another chunk of my weekly time and energy.
And then you know I have to spend some time surfing around on the internet ferreting out clogs, clog boots, wooden sandals, and more. It's my preferred means of winding down. Kind of like watching TV at the end of the day. But without all those annoying plot lines and distracting dialogue to keep track of. Just images of cool shoes to gaze upon and savor. Usually with an Add to Cart button near at hand.
Long story short: there are only 24 hours in a day. And since I've got to spend at least six of them getting some sleep, I'm running short on ways to get a proper post prepared for your enjoyment and mine on a weekly basis. The spirit is willing, but around 1:00 A. M. each night, the flesh rather insistently says, "We're going to bed. Now!"
As a result, I've been feeling in a bit of a funk. I've wanted to get a new post uploaded here on ECHID every weekend for the past month, but my success rate has been disappointing. When faced with the prospect of tracking down images and archiving URLs and cobbling together copy, I just can't find the two hours or so needed.
But then, a new idea crossed my mind. What if I really, really streamlined the process here? What if I made my posts simpler and more spontaneous. Instead of doing the research and commentary that I've invested time in before, what if I just grabbed a screen shot from my browser and supplied a link and let you enjoy the slideshow of images? It won't quite be the sort of posts I've indulged in when time permitted. But it will, I think, keep this blog from languishing while I wait in vain for three uninterrupted free hours to miraculously manifest themselves.
Shall we try it? It'll be an experiment for both of us. But I think you'll agree, it'll keep the pulse ticking in our little corner of the internet.
So here goes!
Spotted on the Jeffrey Campbell website.
May I direct your attention to the line in the product description that states "Wooden platform sandals"?
Also spotted where Jeffrey Campbell sells his own designs.
Check out the crazy geometry of the toes!
Spotted on the website of Cordani.
You may remember me raving on ECHID last fall about the Jalisco clog pump from this same maker.
There! What do you think? I bet I can make this work on a more regular basis. Let's cross our fingers (and keep wearing clogs) and see how it goes!