This Blog in the Year 2020

The plan for 2020 is…

…there is no plan.  If you clicked to read more, then more you shall receive.

You have been warned.

Which doesn’t mean anything ominous in the slightest.

And that’s not to be sarcastic…

But sincerity is hard to type.

Okay, okay, enough with the bullshitting, right? But seriously, my blogging plan for 2020 is that there is no plan. There’s no list, no series, no musical events or video game extravaganzas, not even a rundown of how things might go for the year. The only thing that will remain steady are my reblogs from Virtual Bastion, which may or may not remain on Mondays. In fact, I will likely remove the “Schedule” link from the top menu. Hell, I’m also looking into reformatting the look of this space once again. While I like this newish theme, there are a couple key things that I don’t like about it, and I’m not sure its format lends well to a blog that, for all intents and purposes, may be quiet for awhile.

I’ve already alluded to the fact that this has been a tough year for me personally, and that I think my drive for blogging has taken a bit of a hit as a result. Having put a lot of thought into this online nook, its meaning and value, over the past couple weeks, I’m ready to finally admit that I really do need to step away from the keyboard for awhile. I’ve tumbled around tons of ideas of how to keep some sort of regular presence here outside of the VB reblogs, perhaps by declaring loyalty to a different schedule of fewer posts per month, or promising to at least continue the Monthly Maunders, but in the end, I think a clean and true break from writing for at least a solid month or two (or more) is the way to go.

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, but one of the things I’m declaring for 2020, is that I’m going to strive to be honest with my time. Laying it all on on the table, this year, and most particularly since the end of the summer, I haven’t had time for this blog. Again excepting VB posts, the time I’ve used to produce original content for the past many weeks has come at the expense of me using my time more wisely and to deal with what I well know are far more important and necessary matters. It’s nothing something I regret, but it’s also not something that I could maintain even if I wanted to. And, it’s not fair to anyone reading. I know the kind of content I want to write and the kind I’m capable of writing, and guys, the stuff I’ve been writing isn’t it, and…well…I think you know that.

So what does this mean for next year? The truth is, I’m not sure. I know I want to set aside most casual Internet-ing for a month or so and take solace in a little real world solitude. My posts for Virtual Bastion will continue unheeded and I’ll be around reading and commenting when time allows. My primary offline goal is figuring out if/how I want to reset and reconnect with this thing I’ve created of my own volition. This isn’t a formal hanging up of my blogging hat, rather, it’s an I’m going for a walk moment. And when I get back, I’ll be ready to talk again. Hash things out. Ruminate and formulate. But not terminate. Right now, this remains too precious a space for me to do that.

And it’s worth mentioning that if I do feel like writing during this proposed break, I will. Nothing here is completely set in stone.

Whatever comes of next year, whether I write some posts, a few posts, or no posts, it’ll be for the better. So here’s to a happy and reflective new year to all you you – readers, cheerleaders, and friends. Whatever comes of your 2020, may it be good, may it be great, and may it exactly thing thing you need to make of it.

…just settled down for a long winter’s nap.


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