Every personal blog as an obligatory “it’s been a while” post, and this is mine. It’s been about two years since my last confession, so I thought I’d catch you all up on what’s been going on with me in the meantime.
Why did you leave us?
The reasons for that are technical and stupid. Shortly after my last post I left a very stressful job and was all ready to jump back into writing, but I was a little strapped for cash and I let my URL for the site laps. After I got all that sorted, it turned out that WordPress.com in their infinite wisdom have decided not to allow you to just buy the ability to add a URL to your sites, but instead only allow you to do that as part of their more expensive subscription services.
I totally understand why they made that change, and I think it’s probably a good one for their business considering that life on the web is becoming more and more about jamming all of your personal data into social media sites so that they can sell it back to you, and less about having a curated online presence.
But it pissed me off at the time and I decided that I would spin up my one site on some hosting that I already have. As it turns out, hosting your own personal blog is a bit too much of a pain in the ass for me and I would much rather have WordPress do it for the low, low price of one of their subscription services. It just took me like two years to get there.
Was that it?
I think like a lot of people, world events have made creative endeavors seems really pointless and every time I sit down to do one I feel like all my energy has been zapped away. I haven’t been writing much fiction either. (Although I have written some.) And my podcast has seem to have finally run its course. I’ve alway struggled with having the energy to be creative and the current political climate have not made things any better.
It’s not all gloom and doom, however. I did get married in the last two years. (And right now anyone who has gotten married is like, “Why the hell didn’t you just lead with that. Of course you haven’t had time to write.”) The wedding was great and one of the best days of my life, but God damn did it take up a lot of my time with planing and being stressed out.
Why are you back now?
My life is a lot less stressful then it used to be. No, the political landscape has not gotten better, and in fact, we’ve now pretty much lost Net Neutrality, but I can deal with it a lot better and I don’t internalize it like I used to. Plus my default position on world affairs is always one of hope and I’ve finally gravitated back to that.
Plus, not to get too preachy but I think the attacks on Net Neutrality and the corporatization of the web are more of a reason to be running a personal site not less of one. Our words are part of who we are and we should own that content outright.
But most importantly, I like blogging, I’ve missed it and I want to get really good at it. Plus, I have this theory that writing begets more writing and I want to pursue more creative things in the coming months. Hopefully this is the start of more updates from me, and I’ll be doing some more tweaks to the site. (It’s one of my favorite parts about blogging.)
If you got this far, thanks for reading the site and with this, we resume our broadcast day.