I am starting to feel more content visiting the folks in the blog roll and making comments than coming up with material here. The funny part is that I am not sure exactly why this should be. Chalk it up to an amalgam of several factors including plain boredom, other goals starting to take precedence, and more complex emanations that would take too long to explain.
To summarize the last 5 years of blogging, there are 3 types of writing which have dominated the site.
- The Early Years - Lots of politics and activist writing. These pieces resulted in lots of comments, little in the way of changing minds, but a lot in the way of straining friendships. Interestingly, new readers were not much to be found during this time. My friends span a great number of points of view and while I feel the need to vent publicly sometimes, I try to spend more time pondering the fact that all these folks are bright people and have their reasons for their viewpoint.
- The Travel and Living Log Entries - These were the most fun to write and it seemed the most fun to read. The comment count fell a bit, but the feeling of fellowship actually grew as did the number of new readers from outside the pre-Internets Snabby circle. Other family members joined the scene and the satisfaction level was higher for me. These became harder to produce primarily due to two factors. First, we've written about all of our traditional activities already (Oregon Country Fair, Oktoberfest, Verboort Sausage Festival, etc.) and, while we enjoy recreating tradition, we don't see the need to rehash it other than to allow others the chance to share the fun by attending the events themselves. Second, our digital cameras are either deteriorating or lost. We lose that proverbial thousand words for every picture we can't post. We will fix that when we can but, for now, Kaputski!
- The "General Entertainment" entries - These entries include the personality quizzes including such gems as: Which cast member from All in the Family are You? What Underarm Deodorant are You? and the always popular Which Serial Murderer are You (ok, these are all fakes, but I wanted to have fun!)? They are great for blogs because they create content when your muse is out back smoking a cigarette and are entertaining to comment about. There was also Kool-Aid blogging, the Snabulus Caption Contest, and other comments on entertainment and pop culture. Some of these were quite popular; others not so much.
So writing a different kind of blog software might be in my plans. I say "might" because I have a number of other crazy programming ideas I am working on, so this one may get backburnered or not depending on my personal whim. After reading Stephen Colbert's I Am America (and So Can You), I realized that one column writing is not the only method for blogging. Maybe there are other things that can happen like writing smartass comments in the margins so you aren't confusing the reader with parentheses, etc.. So I am going to start looking at how to play with web pages in the same way that Meebo.com can make a web page act as an Instant Messenger to maybe make blogging a bit more free-form. Maybe something will come of it; maybe not. If
my wackiness catches on, I may use Snabulus.com as a delivery vehicle and it will be more of a commercial site (except without the annoying kinds of advertising: I hate that). If that happens, I want to be sure I have a KickAss logo so the experimentation there is likely to continue.
Anyhoo, I am not sure where I wanted to go with this, but I guess the bottom line is that I might be blogging a bit less for a while. Moody, Ladybug, and InfoGeek are sure invited to fill in as desired, but they all have lives (and sometimes other blogs) as well. If my blogging software actually goes anywhere, I may ask for beta-testers. If you want to get burned repeatedly by cranky software, I say GO FOR IT and reply in the affirmative.
Above all, may your 2008 allow you to attain your goals, cope with this tumultuous world and its tempestuous economy. May we all treat each other better and with more respect, try to walk in the shoes of those who are oppressed and less fortunate, and may tenderness and gestures of goodwill triumph over zeal and callousness in the coming year.