Friday, December 22, 2006
This post will be my last of the year as I will start my annual hiatus from blogging once I hit the "Publish Post" button. Look for me to be back here by January 2, 2007.
I find myself feeling a bit rushed (and preoccupied) at the moment, mainly due to the numerous things I still need to do for the holidays. If this post seems a bit disjointed, that would be why....
Looking back at the previous two end-of-year posts, I see that I never posted blog stats for last year and that I have gotten out of the habit of keeping track of them this year. So just for kicks, I'll go ahead and pull up the stats for comparison of all three years now:
|TTLB creature||wiggly worm||crawly amphibian||flappy bird|
|blogshares valuation (B$)||1,000.00||25,586.63||45,959.95|
(1) This is sitemeter's automatic projection for the month based on visits in the past week.
While it is fun to see the old corporation growing, such statistics really do not mean all that much. Why? Because the value of any activity to the person doing it cannot really be measured by comparing his output to that of others.
Is blogging a worthwhile activity to me? On balance, it has been, but it has also been disappointing in some respects.
On the positive side of the ledger, I have gotten myself into the habit of keeping an eye out for developments in politics and culture to the point that it is becoming second nature: I can be quite efficient at it now. I have also noticed over the past couple of years that my thinking about the relationship between philosophy and politics has become clearer and more sophisticated. I am not so sure that blogging has helped my writing, although it has taught me several things about writing in general and my writing in particular. Among them:
- I need to become better at judging whether something I want to have published is, in fact, good enough for publication.
- I need to raise the bar a little. Blogging is fun, but it will not advance my opinion writing career as much as getting into a print outlet.
- Blogging is easy. Writing a column is hard. I need to do less of the former and more of the latter.
On the negative side of the ledger is that blogging takes quite a bit of time. I do not recall exactly when I decided to blog at the frequency I have maintained over the past year, but I decided to do it in part just to see whether I could. Well, I can and I know that I can, but I am feeling somewhat ragged right now and wondering how valuable this knowledge really is!
Even though I have been able to blog rather efficiently, I have come to realize that I cannot continue at quite the frenetic pace I have maintained over the past year. I am sure that for blogging to continue to be as worthwhile as it has been to me that I must continue posting regularly, but I will have to post less in order to have more time for other purposes. (A facility at work I have been waiting on should finally be complete and I want to devote more time to getting myself seen in print outlets.) Also, I over the past year, I have felt like I was working two jobs most of the time. I have no problem with that, but I want to realize more tangible benefits for this amount of effort.
I haven't worked out how I will adjust my blogging to achieve the best balance between good, regularly-published content and time for other writing, but finding that balance will be my major goal over the next year. So expect changes, but don't expect me to tell you what they will be, because I don't know myself!
In the meantime, I plan to enjoy some time off with my family and hope all of you can do the same. Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog. I wish all of you a very merry Christmas!
PS: Internet connectivity will be spotty. I may or may not get to comments or email over the next ten days.