A Return To Simplicity
"You used to be all about the music, but you've changed!"
This is a common refrain heard from musicians upon learning that one of their band members is leaving them and setting off on a solo career.
Long-time readers have recently commented that my blog has changed. It is not because I am setting off on a solo career, but rather because, more often than naught, I am now playing with a band to the tunes of Q&As and guest postings.
I have given considerable thought to all of the comments in last week's posting and I have finally concluded that my recent feelings and consideration of throwing in the blogging towel did not stem from my whirling life around me, but rather from the fact that "I" have been absent from my own blog for some time now.
Although I have been blogging for close to five years, my blog has grown larger than myself in a certain sense. I now routinely stockpile two or three weeks worth of postings so that I never have to feel a daily blogging pressure. I admit, these days I also rely too heavily on Q&As and guest postings in order to ensure that I can continue posting on a regular basis and alleviate this nagging feeling of pressure. I have used them as a crutch. But now, I have decided to make a change.
Starting today, I will no longer post on a routine basis out of a sense of obligation. I plan to post less and less Q&A and guest postings and more and more postings containing my own thoughts and ideas. This is not to say that I will never post links or quotes postings. I still intend to post the stockpiled postings that I have in reserve and the postings that I have committed to others to post over the next few weeks. Afterward, however, when this reserve is depleted, readers may begin noticing that the postings' frequency and format on my blog begin changing.
Without shifting my focus on simplicity, I am plan to return to the standard I originally set for myself. I may have deviated off the road for a brief stretch over the past year or so, but now I plan to return.