Sun of Denmark

Winters in Denmark are very brutal because of the lack of daylight, and the COVID-lockdown of 2020 only made it worse. I didn’t use to be affected by the darkness, but living with a foreigner experiencing her first Danish winters, I became much more aware of it.

Some years back, I started following @SunOfSeldo on Twitter. It’s an account that writes daily tweets about the advancement of daylight between winter- and summer-solstice, and finds this wonderful balance between quantitative measures of minutes and seconds of added daylight, but also writing qualitative, emotionally uplifting statements about the sun.

https://twitter.com/SunOfSeldo/status/1361130358830432259

This winter, being back in Denmark, I realized that Sun of Seldo tweets about the daylight in San Francisco doesn’t map that well to Denmark. Additionally, I felt lonely having just relocated back to Denmark and being stuck in COVID-lockdown. I thought maybe I could start my own account, and @SunOfDenmark was born.

https://twitter.com/SunOfDenmark/status/1360846234546810883

I spent a bunch of time studying how to calculate the daylight of a given location, but didn’t seem to get the right numbers. I reached out to Laurie Voss, the person behind @SunOfSeldo, and he was very kind in giving me access to the tool he built to monitor the daylight for a given location, as well as providing some interesting statistics for it.

Writing #

As someone who hardly ever posts anything anywhere and work inside confidential structures normally, it felt intimidating to start tweeting. Finding my voice, especially as Danish is a very different language than English, and at this point almost less preferable or comfortable for me to write in.

The first week or two, I wrote each tweet daily, whenever I reminded myself during the day. That quickly became unsustainable, mostly because I found it hard to be creative. Instead, I started writing a week’s worth of of tweets every Sunday. The act of compounding the writing made it a much more interesting creative process. Instead of thinking about each tweet separately, I could start building up narratives, and think about a weekly progression.