A lesson I learned during my web design days is that, if frequent visitors to your website see the same basic layout and the same basic information too often, chances are they’ll cease being frequent visitors.
It’s not necessarily because they stopped liking you, or what you have to say / show / sell.
It’s that they have come to see your site as being too complacent.
And they may not realize they feel that way about your site.
But, the fact remains: seeing the same thing over and over again, no matter how pleasing to the eye or soothing to the soul it might be, does in fact get monotonous… boring …something you tend to pass by without much notice…something you eventually ignore.
I found I was experiencing a similar problem with my walks through the woods.
It still comes across as strange just typing out that claim. I had beautiful scenery during the spring daylight. Energizing chilliness during the winter. Clarity of sky and thoughts at night. And, every once in a while, I got to enjoy sharing the woods with the wildlife.
But, I was reaching the point where I wasn’t coming up with any new or original ideas.
And, as much as I didn’t want to pin this slump on walking the same route every day for over two years, that’s exactly what it was.
So, I changed paths.
Actually, I created several new paths for myself.
The photo above is the only one I thought to take so far during my relocated walks.
Yeah, I was that overtaken by all the thoughts that the new scenery sparked.
An oncoming train in a back alley-looking part of town may not look very scenic to some people, but, as I already said, these new paths gave me something different to see, which sparked my imagination…which is exactly what I was looking to do.
Oh…and I’ve always been a train fanatic.