February 13, 2009


You may have noticed a drop-off in the frequency of posts here. There is no mysterious or even good explanation for this, other than the fact that I appear to be in some sort of general funk for which I can point to no specific cause. I am managing to stay nominally productive in the face of the crush of boring, repetitive, soul-crushing and sometimes seemingly pointless and thankless tasks before me. I look at many of the items on my to do list and think "who cares?" (Except there's usually an expletive in the middle there.)

It manifests itself as beginning blog posts which are never finished, because if they take longer than a couple of minutes to write, they look stupid, obvious, and boring to me, and get deleted before you are subjected to them.

I still have a drive to express myself, minimally -- see my still-active Twitter stream. And I'm (science help me) even becoming somewhat active on Facebook now. Won't you be my neighbor?

I could point to many external factors to blame for my funk. Fears over the economy, a run of bad weather, a string of increasingly antisocial and unsatisfying interpersonal interactions... but experience tells me that the cause of and therefore solution to these moods is largely internal, not external. And that solution is to dive right in. That's how it works with baking. You will never bake bread until you start baking bread. And then you're a baker. Writing is the same way.

So, since I see this blog as a thing of value -- back in I dive. No matter how boring or obvious, if I start a blog post, I'm going to try to finish it. Damn the quality. Historically, quality assurance never was a serious concern of my blog.

This post is not an apology; rather it's a preamble for me to thank you for sticking around during the droughts. To those who do not stick around -- fuck 'em. Who needs 'em? :)

Cheers and onward.

Posted by James at February 13, 2009 8:34 AM
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That's the spirit!!! I understand the general ennui completely...been going through a bout myself lately.

It's always a good thing when I get an alert that there are new posts here.

Posted by: Bull at February 13, 2009 10:52 AM

It's that time of year and the economy and news inn general isn't helping any.

On the plus side the days are getting longer again. It's actually been light out when I leave and return from work again!

Need to organize a gathering in the near future. Will contact you guys soon but think about keeping Pi Day open.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 13, 2009 11:07 AM

James, I check your blog all the time just to see what's what. Your blog is a touchstone, and I'm glad for the occasion when we can all chit chat together.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 13, 2009 12:20 PM

I know that feeling all too well. WHAT WILL I WRITE TODAY?

For the record, I can't recall ever finding your posts boring or obvious.

Posted by: Karen at February 13, 2009 1:23 PM

Thanks for saying.

My fall-back position is to post more and more about bread. There are always more pictures of bread...

Posted by: James at February 13, 2009 1:55 PM

I have even LESS time to blog now that my "job" has become a potentially 24/7 quest to find a new job. Any time I spend online, I feel guilty if I'm not doing job-hunting stuff. I try to finish up as quickly as possible (which isn't quick) and then get AWAY from the computer.

Posted by: Julie at February 13, 2009 2:27 PM

I haven't found any of your blog posts to be boring... but when I'm in a funk, I'm never happy with anything I write.

Posted by: Julie at February 13, 2009 2:28 PM

You're doing fine. Every blog post can't be OpEd worthy. Sometimes you have to rant about getting the fork stuck in the toaster.

The news is terribly inspiring isn't it? Then there's the general stuff of interactions with our fellow 'humans'.

Hang in there. This offensive winter will be over in about eight more weeks (according to my crystal ball). Then, when the weather is nicer, you'll feel better but you won't want to waste your time at the keyboard!

Posted by: Kitten Herder at February 16, 2009 4:59 PM

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