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Six Month Review

It's been a long strange journey for the last six months. In reviewing my archives I've found that at various points I've summoned creative bursts of energy resulting in long thoughtful posts.

I've come to the conclusion that my writing comes in waves. If you're interested I feel a swell coming. Work, family, and other projects have diminished my available time for the last month or two. I still manage to update regularly, but some things I want to cover go unsaid for a lack of time. The tide had turned and I will have more time for writing now.

The other projects phase of my blogging life is coming to an end, at least for now. I've gotten this site, SportsBlog, MediaReview, and WizbangTech off the ground and running. I'm proud of the work I've done there. The process of building up a new site take a tremendous amount of time and energy, all of which distracts you from posting content to your own site. I'm not saying I'm never going to create a new site, but those thoughts are definitely on the back burner for a while. A personal benefit of finishing up the building phase of these sites is that I can get back to contributing to the sites, which I why I started them in the first place…

I like the mix here, obviously, and I hope you do too. The Wizbang format is not so limiting that it can't be what ever I want it to be that day. In fact, that's the house rule: Wizbang is what ever I feel like at the particular moment. I've been watching with interest the goings on at Amish Tech Support, as Laurence adds authors and prepares for the Dead Pool 2004. Does this mean he's hanging it up come January? I don't know, but I do know that my theory is that when blogging is more chore than fun 4 or 5 days a week it's probably time to move on. I only feel that way maybe 1 or 2 days a week so you're stuck with me for a while.

At various points I've considered making this a mutli-author site, but I'm not sure A) if anyone else would want to join, and B) if it is the right move. I will say this, the day I feel like I can't post something because it doesn't fit the theme, character, style, etc. is the day I start implementing a multi-author approach. Blogging life is too short to be limited by one's "persona".

When you start a site you make certain assumptions about the look, feel, tone, style, character, philosophy, etc. most of which turn out to be not exactly what you end up with months later. It is possible to blog yourself into a corner and become a victim of your own success. If you are a successful ranter and one day you don't feel like ranting you face a difficult choice: Publicly go through the process of redefining your site or strike out to a new location and retire the old site. This is especially true if your site name is something like Rant's R Us. It would be hard to fit short fiction into Rant's R Us.

I'm approaching the coming six months with a fresh perspective, a healthy attitude, and renewed vigor. Hopefully you will come along for the ride...


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