It’s been some time since I made a return to personal writing; my last article on my personal site of yore was posted approximately two years ago.

In that space of time, I feels as if I have grown greatly as a writer – the anathema of what I’d expect having been producing news on a daily basis at the expense of reflexive writing. A return to personal writing feels almost mythical.

In that period of time, I’ve further been occupied with one particular form I’m least enthusiastic about; academic writing. 4 years of study in the media globally – and locally, in South Africa – somehow gives the simultaneous impression of sharpening and dulling your senses as a student.

On one hand, you become acutely aware of any hypocrisy you’re about to write, and on the other, understanding and working with that hypocrisy becomes a kind of truth.

I’m happy to say that, as a writer, I’m happy with the current state of my vernacular and tone. I feel that my work on Bandwidth Blog has developed a nice formula that’s honest as well as edgy, and my personal goal this year is to refine that into as transparent a style as possible. While I don’t really agree with the Flesch reading test or its outcomes for language, there is something to be said for what Oscar Wilde famously laid out in his 10 ironic commandments.

So, I’ve made a return once again to my own personal – but certainly not private – space on the web. As I’ve gone forward to announce so many times in the past, byansmith.press is now my new online home.

“On one hand, you become acutely aware of any hypocrisy you’re about to write, and on the other, understanding and working with that hypocrisy becomes a kind of truth.” 

Here, I hope to keep a small oasis where I can cultivate the digital projects that mean something to me, and continue to engage with them reflexively. Of the posts that remain here, all of them have been ported from my previous web presences and mean something to me.

For instance, my first real-time news article, Gay Rights group stages Kiss-In in Cape Town City Centre, is a strong reminder that we all start somewhere. I hope to keep it here as a small part of a digital legacy which, perhaps, one day I’ll be able to look back on fondly.

There’s still much I wish to post here in time, or when current political conditions have passed; not least of which is a controversial/political video project I produced last year.

My goal is to further begin providing weekly updates here; less on the state of my general life – you can follow me on Twitter (@bryansmithsa) for bite size digest of those – but more on the state of tech, the world, and my thoughts in general.

To surmise a return to personal writing? It’s good to be home.

PS: the cover image of this post is Russian artist Anatoly Vyatkin’s QWERTY keyboard monument. Rather poignant.