After long and thoughtful consideration, I’ve decided to make this blog biweekly instead of weekly.
Now, I suppose I could just stop there—
See, one starts a blog with the best of intentions. It’s a way to keep one’s writing skills sharp, for one. And you can put down all those pesky thoughts that are running through your head liked trapped animals: get them out into the world where they might do some good, as opposed to making you crazy with unbirthed ideas. And you pick a time interval—
So, for me, a hard look at the priorities here means that the numbers don’t make sense to even attempt to prioritize this blog over other life stuff. And such attempts would likely be fruitless anyway. I mean, I’ve been trying to prioritize the blog over other things for quite a while now, and look how well that’s been going. Prior to this one, I have exactly 400 posts on this blog, 37 of which are interstitials (that is, posts which essentially say “I’m not doing a post this week”) and 66 of which are partials (that is, shorter entries that I don’t consider full, “proper” posts). That’s 26%. But, if we look back at the most recent 100 posts (which takes us back almost exactly two years), there are 14 interstitials and 18 partials, which is 32%. So the ratio of non-full posts is creeping up on me. And, to add insult to injury, I still feel like I’m always scrambling to come up with a post.
I mean, I don’t mind if it feels like a chore. It is a chore: I’ve set myself a goal to write every week, and it’s not always easy to do that, but pushing myself to write even when I don’t want to is part of the whole thing. So if I was feeling pressure (only from myself, of course, but pressure nonetheless) to come up with 1,500 words every week, and it was a bit stressful, but ultimately rewarding because I was achieving that ... well, that might not be so bad. But to be constantly feeling like I’m failing, and then to be actually failing on top of that ...
Plus there’s another issue as well, a bit more subtle. When I first started out, I just put everything here in this blog. Oh, sure, I labeled them all—
So I’ve been pondering starting even more blogs, such as a separate blog for my music series, or a separate blog for gaming—
So I’m going to give myself some breathing room. I’ve made a decision that I will only make a full post (to whichever blog) once every two weeks. My initial goal is that I will make either an interstitial post or a partial post—
Hopefully this new schedule will breathe some new life into my writing, whether that’s here or in new vistas on other blogs. As always, if I do post to other blogs, there will always be a pointer to it here. This is my “master blog,” so to speak, and this is the place where I will always go to compile statistics and count words and get (and sometimes post) my overviews. So, if you were inclined to want to read all my writings (and I know that’s a hell of a big “if”), you can still do so just by keeping up with this one blog. And hopefully the extra time will allow me to explore new blogs, explore more topics, and explore the existing topics in more depth. This could be an exciting change.
Or it could totally flop and I could end up missing even biweekly posts. There’s really no way to know without performing the experiment. So, here we go.