April 25, 2014
So, you might have noticed that like a rude, ugly man with no money and bad acne, this blog hasn't gotten much action lately.
It's not that I haven't thought about this blog - and you, the readers - every single day. I have. It's that I haven't had much to say. Or, rather, I've had a bit to say but little time to say it.
[In a nutshell, here's what's happened since I last posted - I'm still working my ass off for the government and pretty much loving every minute of it despite the fact that the hours are long and the pace is exhausting. My face is healing but I've still got the beard because, well, you know, it's turned out to be a pretty kick-ass beard. I'm drinking less beer and losing a little weight so I don't look like, well, the Pillsbury Dough-Boy with a cool beard. The kids are good. My wife is working a full time gig which she's slightly afraid to love since it involves kids that aren't hers that just happen to be autistic. And, well, I think you're caught up.]
I started blogging more then ten years ago. Almost eleven. Things changed over those eleven years. Blogs became an import voice in the national (and international) dialog. So too did they become commercial enterprises. Bloggers were divided by category - geographic, political, dads, moms, comedians, corporate, government. Everyone had to fit into some nice, neat category and lost were those that just wanted to, well, wanted to express themselves.
Blogs have dwindled. Gone are the days when blogs held sway. They've been supplanted by 140 character text-bites or the brief Facebook posts. Maybe during these eleven years we've developed shorter attention spans. Maybe we're less willing to read anything that isn't categorized into something nice and clean.
In this day and age, I feel like I'm some kind of founding blog-father. And I feel like the relevance that so many wonderful writers infused into the medium is lost. And that saddens me.
I haven't gone anywhere. I've just grown a little discouraged. And a whole lot busier. But I haven't forgotten the fantastic people who've read my blog for so many years. I'm still thankful for you. I may be a bit less prolific but I'm still here, thinking my thoughts, and appreciating you for yours.