Wearing the Same Thing Every Day

Someone told me years ago that Albert Einstein had a closet full of identical suits so he didn’t have to think about what to wear each day. Never did I make an attempt to confirm whether that was true or not (until recently), but the concept stuck with me.

Finally, after years of pondering this notion, I decided the only thing stopping me from wearing the same thing every day was me. So, I started wearing the same thing every day.

Of course, I didn’t want to wear the exact same clothes every day because that’s either really gross or an extreme amount of laundry. Therefore I had to embark on buying a repeated wardrobe.

The thought of what outfit I would wear every day had been on my mind for awhile, but now the rubber was meeting the road. I had to make a decision and buy some clothes.

the Doug Burgett uniform (2017)
Black jeans, t-shirt, and Nike running shoes became my uniform.

I chose comfort: jeans, t-shirt, and running shoes. I also chose black, since it’s as formal and classy as a jeans, t-shirt, running shoes combo can get, IMO.

The Results?

I’ve worn this outfit consistently to work for the past month and a half, roughly. Some people have asked questions, such as “didn’t you wear that yesterday?” Or, “all black again?” But for the most part, people don’t say anything. And that’s great.

My decision to wear the same thing every day was about me, not others. I hate thinking about what to wear. I hate thinking about what clothes to buy. I still wear other things on the weekend, or any time I’m not at work. And there are days at work when this outfit just isn’t the best choice.

Most of my days, however, no longer include me thinking about what to wear. I merely grab my clothes and put them on.

It’s simple.

It’s wonderful.

It’s an experiment, if nothing else.


Blogging Experiments

What you’re seeing now is the fifth version of my personal blog. Each previous iteration was essentially an experiment that led to the next. All versions except number four have been archived and are no longer available for public viewing, but below I’ve included a screenshot and some information for each. I am doing this for two reasons. One, I simply wish to document what I’ve learned throughout this process. Two, I think it’s a good lead for version five. Hopefully you can find your own takeaway or inspiration within this history as well.

Version One (2009)

Doug Burgett blog number 1
Doug Burgett blog version one

In many ways I’ve come full circle from version one to version five. My first blog was more or less a blog in the traditional sense. It included posts on a variety of topics, some personal and some professional but all written in first person. I realized at some point a majority of the posts were best suited for a private journal. This prompted me to journal more often and formulate a better definition of what I considered blog-worthy content.

Version Two (2010)

Doug Burgett blog number two
Doug Burgett blog version two

As I developed version two I fell in love with several blogs that had unique page layouts for each post, so I decided to take this route with my presentation layer. The result was great, but each post was extremely time-consuming and I quickly realized this was an unsustainable approach for me. I learned how to produce better articles through this experiment, but the real benefit was learning how far I could push a custom WordPress template.

Version Three (2011)

Doug Burgett blog number three
Doug Burgett blog version three

After version two my primary interest was to push WordPress customization further, so for version three I created a flexible template that functioned like a blank canvas and decided to do away with writing articles. The navigation was eliminated forcing users through an archive listing to find content. The entire project was quite abstract and I did away with it because I missed a more traditional environment to share ideas and thoughts. This experiment will most likely influence the direction I take my experimental art site, Cool Groovy Funk, which is currently under development.

Version Four (2013-2016)

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Doug Burgett blog version four

Seeking a more traditional environment for sharing ideas I decided to embrace a standard WordPress template and force myself to focus on content. It worked. I was very pleased with the frequency and quality of my posts in version four. However, over time I found myself sharing this information through Twitter instead of my blog. At that point I realized I was mostly micro-blogging, a term defined by a limited character length. I want to write and I want a blog that is designed to showcase the written word.

Which brings me to…

Version Five (2017-?)

Once again I’m back to seeking that traditional blog space, but this time I’m embracing long-form writing.  It will be interesting to see where this version takes me, but if I had to guess I would say to blog version six.