Ah yes, a blog post about blogging. who doesn’t love such a thing? Anyway, you may have noticed a complete lack of blog posts for the last little while. Perhaps you’ve wondered if I had been abducted by an Amish community and therefore was unable to communicate electronically. Or, you chocked it up to powerful bout of laziness and went about your business.
The answer is neither (though the Amish are an ever-present threat). Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to improve my ability to focus on my highest priority tasks. With the increasing number of commitments that are competing for my attention, I have to get better at picking my battles and letting the less important ones slide. And not to crush the spirits of the blog-fans out there, but this blog was one of the things I let slide. The prospect of forcing myself to blog on a schedule and post up content even when I didn’t have anything to say was unpalatable.
Despite the armada of interesting but unprofitable activities I take part in, my primary focus has been my next novel. It’s gone a little bit more slowly than I hoped, but I’m plucking away and I’ve finished the first third of it. And as I’ve been toiling away on it, I’ve still been gathering up ideas and themes for a variety of blog posts. Some topics have been thrust upon me unwillingly, as my life takes an occasional unpleasant turn or two, but that’s the cost of doing business.
You may have also noticed that I’ve changed the name of the blog to something much less interesting. There are too many topics I’d like to cover that have almost nothing to do with parenting, and it felt like I was misleading you, my wonderful audience. “I wanted to read about his kid and now he’s talking politics? WTF!” A classic bait’n’switch. So, by changing the blog into something a little more generic, I can write about the disparate bundle of ideas that clutter up my thinking without feeling like I’ve tricked you with false advertising.