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Bringing This Blog Back to Life

I have been struggling with what to write about on this blog for the last few years. I’ve written about all sorts of random things, more to keep the blog alive, and keep in practice than for anything else. I’d like to change that. I’d like to write something that was as impactful as the Going Paperless series I did for a few years. But so much of what is written today is echoes from elsewhere that it is hard to know what to write about.

Part of my struggle with what to write is that I enjoy reading blogs that are not necessarily centered around one theme. I prefer to read things that are like old newspaper columns, where the subject of the day could be virtually anything that piqued the writer’s fancy on that day. That is what I have tried to do here, although for a while, I’ve restrained myself on this because of the notion that I got in my head that a blog should be focused and not so scattershot. Well, I’m disabusing myself of that notion now, and while I do plan to focus on certain themes from time-to-time, I’m not going to restrain myself from writing about whatever is on my mind, regardless of how mundane it might seem.

I’ve given it some thought, however, and I am going to start by writing something new. I won’t commit to saying it will be a series yet, but it is something that has been on my mind a lot lately: being a writer in a complex digital world. I’ve sketched out at least three posts on this subject, and you can expect to see them shortly. I stopped writing about going paperless because I felt the posts started to become repetitive. Writing about being a writer in a complex digital world might also become repetitive at some point, and I hope I recognize that before repeating myself too often.

Repeating myself is something that I worry about. This blog has been around since 2005, and there are, as of this writing, 6,421 posts. I’ve written about just about everything, and it is hard to remember what I have written before. Sometimes, I’ll get partway through writing a post, and what I write seems familiar. I’ll do a quick search and found that I’ve written about the subject already four or five years ago. If I have something new to add, I’ll recast the post in that light, but more often than not, I find myself repeating things I’ve already written. So part of my goal with my renewed effort here is to touch on some things that I haven’t written about as much. If you do find me repeating myself, cut me a little slack, and know that I am now consciously trying to avoid that.

As always, I am open to suggestions. I didn’t start blogging with a master plan, but over the years, if I have any one goal, it is to write with an eye toward entertaining, to occasionally write about how I do things, with the hope that others might benefit, and to steer clear of the extremes that might generate a lot more traffic, but don’t add much to the conversation. If you have suggestions for things you’d like me to write about, drop them in the comments, or send me an email.

Chh-chh-chh-chh-changin’

Do not adjust your computer screen.  You are, in fact, in the right place.  After 3 years and more than 3,000 posts using the "Flexible Square’s" template for this blog, I decided it was time for a change.  You know, like rearranging the furniture in the bedroom, or painting the office a different color.  What you see here is the result..  I happen to like it, but I imagine it will take some getting used to.

And for those of you (like kruppenheimer ) who may be worried that the content of the blog will change, never-fear:  the content will be as inane and trivial as always.

Readercon Recap

I still don’t have Internet access at home, and so I wrote my Saturday recap of Readercon this morning and back-posted it. You can find Friday here and Saturday here (Saturday won’t show up on Friends’ pages as it’s backdated).

Updates are coming!

No, I haven’t given up on the blog. I was away for the long weekend. Big updates and new is coming soon in back-dated posts. I will let you know when those posts have been completed. Stay-tuned…

UPDATE: All caught-up. I’ve backdated the posts for the weekend so if you read this on your “friends” pages, you will have to visit my blog directly to see the backdated posts.

Cast of Characters

A couple of months ago, Vicky suggested that I should include something in my blog that describes the people that I refer to, especially for people who don’t know who I am talking about. To that end, you’ll notice a new link on the side bar called “Cast of Characters”. This page describes the more common people who appear in this blog. While it is not yet complete, there are quite a few people out there now and so if you are ever wondering who someone is, you can always check the cast of characters page.