This entry says November 23, but in fact it is December 9th. I am writing entries as fast as I can, pulling in stuff I was thinking about from the time that the “official” date says, but writing it with the advantage/disadvantage of two weeks of passed time.
That this situation occurred is a result of a silly promise/intent I made to myself and my wanting to fulfill said promise beyond a reasonable measure. As part of becoming more prominent a public figure, I figured a frequent, well-written, content-heavy-and-punditry-light weblog would be a good item to have around. It certainly would, among other things, give me the skillset of writing a lot and writing it quickly, and the advantages therein. It would also give me a body of work.
At first, it was going to be seven days a week. A little while in I determined this was insane and knocked it to weekdays. I also took the position (and still do) that one day is one day; if I had another thing to write, I’d do it the next day. This way, people wouldn’t be crap-flooded like I see other weblogs do, where each day is this running torrent of stuff to wade through, and a lot of “oh, wait, one more thing” happens. So I had to compromise the initial promise, but it was structural.
But I’ve discovered another thing, which Flack and I discussed on the telephone following his lapband surgery – maintaining a weblog is not the same as “doing” stuff. If I put more and more weight into my weblog writings, I will inevitably have to pull that time and energy from somewhere else. Conversely, if I am working on ANY of my projects, be they outside or on the computer, there’s just no time for me to effectively write in the manner to which I am accustomed, that is, with actual content.
I could easily pull this off if I did indeed sink into that approach that I see many take: include a link, ass-yammer for a paragraph, talk about yourself for half a paragraph, and push that puppy into the world. I hate that and think it does little for the writer or the reader. It’s when I see someone take something they bumped into, be it online or off, and then use that little grain of intellectual sand as the base for something grand and greater that I think this whole medium of communication really takes off. I enjoy reading that and I hope they enjoy writing it. So, my insistence that my readers are fed by the entries alone and the outside links are dessert means this is a pretty intensive situation.
So my intention, currently, is to continue this catch-up, and post all the way to December 31st with a wrap-up, a review of my year, and then I will kick things back to a more appropriate situation: updates and postings as I am capable of doing them. This means weekend postings will likely return but that a day or a week might go by with nothing from me. If I’m skipping, it more than likely means I’m up to something. Just recently I redid artifacts.textfiles.com over, scriptwise, in preparation for making it better than it current is. That was a 4 hour project. That time has to go that way and that’s less time to write about, say, shadow narratives or the stunning quality of my butt.
Anyway, back into the time machine.
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