My posting schedule was interrupted last week: I was away for a couple of days, visiting family and socialising with nice people, then I was recovering from all that, then I just didn’t have anything pre-written to put up here and wasn’t in the mood to come up with anything new.
I’ve been trying, for a while, to maintain some degree of discipline with this blogging lark, and have been fairly consistent in posting every day for some time, often twice a day with a Linksplat or a quickie. And I think I’m kinda done with that now. It’s started to feel like an obligation, it’s not as personally rewarding as it could be, and it’s a distraction from other things I want to be achieving.
I’m still going to engage with the interwebs on matters skeptical, political, and otherwise of interest. I’m just going to stop trying so hard. I’ll keep blogging, but only when I have something that I’m just itching to say, and the act of getting the words out of my brain and into a text file is a sufficient reward in itself. I’m not going to let myself feel obliged to be a good blogger for anyone else any more. I wanted to for a while, but I’m studying for a professional qualification, I’ve got a novel to redraft and a bunch of short stories to sell, and one of these days I might even have a job again.
My priorities could do with a bit of shifting around, is my point.
With luck, it’ll mean that on the selective occasions when I do post something, it’ll be more worth reading and less hurriedly dashed off (though don’t hold your breath). I’m hoping to engage in more depth with things on Twitter and Facebook too; subjects that would previously have gotten a brief write-up or a Linksplat mention you’ll now find me wittering about on there. Feel free to follow/friend me if you want to keep up with that.
(I’m feeling a bit disheartened with YouTube after the reactions to my last video – despite a lot of kind people telling me they liked it, the comments are full of oblivious idiots accusing me of being a religious lunatic – but maybe I’ll reappear there eventually too, if I can think of anything worth doing.)
Thanks to everyone who reads and comments and whatnot here. Hmm, it seems to add an unavoidably maudlin and melodramatic tone to start thanking people, as if I were retiring after twenty years, or straightening my affairs before heading off to Dignitas. I’m aware that I’m not announcing a dramatic lifestyle change for anyone, especially not you, but still.
I’ll probably be back with a rant about something that’s annoyed me before too long. But it’s going to have to wait its turn, behind learning how to bookkeeperise things and telling stories about zombie detectives.
(Ha – I didn’t notice until after writing all the above, but this decision happens to immediately follow my 1000th post here. IT’S A SIGN!!)