Gray Matter


It’s Time for Something Different, Something That Isn’t a Chore

something differentAfter more than a year of working on this blog, and more than 14 years on other blogs and non-blog websites, it’s time for something different. Something that doesn’t seem like a chore. When I wrote about my general lack of enthusiasm and motivation a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t kidding. And that’s just part of what ails me.

The Things I Write About

I’m not one of those bloggers who can just whip out a blog post about anything at anytime. That used to be me, until about 10 years ago, but nothing like me today. It probably has a lot to do with my age (now 60, but closer to 61). Blogging, overall, has changed into something barely resembling what it looked like when I started in 2006. There was a lot of support for it back then.

When I write about personal events every month, it’s time to move on. I don’t want a personal blog and I don’t want to talk about my personal life. It’s boring. There are things I like to write about that aren’t personal, but they take a lot of time to properly research. I won’t write about something I know little about.

What Others Write About

I don’t like to follow trends. They tend to be temporary distractions for the people who actually read them. Let’s take today, for example. It’s the 20th anniversary of “9/11”, the terrorist attack in New York on September 11, 2001. I’ve come across dozens of blog posts and news articles about it. Within a week, most Americans will have forgotten about it (again).

The things I write about need to have lasting value, even if it’s only for a few months. That’s probably why I can’t write anything for days at a time. I can’t get inspiration from the latest social or political gaffe making its rounds on the net.

The Plan

I intend to start over (again) but in a different way. Although I designed the CMS for this blog myself, I don’t want to use it anywhere else. I may not have a choice. I hate the idea of relying on Blogger or WordPress. Although I find web development interesting, it doesn’t translate into meaningful conversations. At least, not for me.

Even if I use a blogging platform, I don’t intend to blog, in the purest sense of the word. I want to write information articles and that’s about it. Some I can refer to myself as often as anyone else.

When I feel comfortable about it, I’ll kill this blog off, just like my old ones. An average of 100 visitors a day accounts for nothing more than random visits. In fact, I don’t intend to write anything else here. I’d rather go outside and rake leaves, the only kind of chore I can relate to.

The New Site or New Sites

When I set up a new site, whatever or wherever it may be, I’ll post a link to it here:

RT Cunningham

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Author: RT Cunningham
Date: September 11, 2021 (UTC)
Categories: Blogging
Tags: web development

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