Coming up with something meaningful to share twice a week for over six months has been a challenge. You can only write so many how-to posts and explanations of the basics before you start to run dry.
In order to keep the blog alive, I turned to my daily life for inspiration; every once in a while, something interesting (and not always music-related) will happen that sparks the idea for a blog entry. A conversation with a friend about our respective reasons for going to music school inspired this post, while a general feeling of non-productivity earlier this month led me to take greater note of how I spend my time.
I also pay attention to the things that I'm struggling with. I've found that whatever it is you're trying to do better at, other people are usually working to improve within themselves too. It's rare to have a challenge that no one else has ever faced. Take Pride In Your Side Job was a surprisingly hard post to write and share, because it showed me that I hadn't been very kind to myself. But I shared it because I know lots of other people feel the same way I felt and crave the same validation that I needed.
Most of the time, though, it's less emotional than that. I draw a lot of inspiration from my own students; if one of them is working to understand a concept, I'll use that concept as the basis for a post.
The short version is, this blog comes from everywhere. If I've interacted with you in any way, you've probably influenced it. So thank you!