If you were to ask why I haven’t written in a few days, there are a lot of possible answers that I could give you. Most of them are true, except for the one where I tell you that I didn’t write because I was held captive by samurai – that one’s not true….yet. Among the more “real” responses to that question are “because I was moving from my dorm to an apartment”, “because I was completely caught up in trying to learn buffer overflows and wouldn’t rest until I could get one to work”, “because I felt that I had nothing to write about” and “because I was taking finals and writing final papers”.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about how I want this blog to go. I seem to be leaning in the direction of making it much more tech-oriented, despite the fact that certain sectors of my psyche get very angry with that idea. I’m not worried about those sectors, though, so I plan to start doing a lot more tutorials and writing about technology in general. It’s something I think I can do well at. For close to six months, I’ve used this blog basically as a place to dump all the thoughts of a day out of my mind, a process which, while being quite therapeutic, probably yields incredibly uninteresting reading. Not that I’m just in blogging for the popularity – readership really isn’t my primary concern. But I’m realizing the power of the blog platform and that it’s totally within my reach to do something awesome with it.
So with that new knowledge (or assumption), I’m going to attempt and change the focus of this blog just by changing what I write about. Expect much more knowledge to flow forth from my brain to yours.
I’ve noticed that it’s really interesting for me to go back to some of the first posts I made on TSM and see how differently I approach the challenge of blogging than I did when I was starting out. You can tell, if you read the first week or so, that I really had no idea what I was doing when I started out. Every day it’s a different kind of post; usually short and singularly focused. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I know what I’m doing (unless you want to believe that, in which case: rad), but I can at least say that I understand a little better how to write a blog than I did back in October.
It’s often challenging coming up with interesting content, especially when my modus operandi is to use my recent activities as a jumping-off point. That strategy usually works pretty well when I’ve been doing lots of interesting stuff, but there are times when that’s definitely not the case; that’s when it gets tricky to come up with content. I’m preparing for what I’m sure will be a dearth of interesting events over the January part of winter break by taking notes on things that I could write about when they occur to me – finally giving my sweet Uglydoll notebook a workout! The interesting content thing won’t really be a problem until then, with Christmas and new year’s and all that, but I’m getting ready.
So, if you’re someone who comes around here often, thanks for stopping by. And stay classy. And thanks for stopping by. Really, it means a lot to see that I get a decent number of views. And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary, full of loathing and self-doubt, and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy mixed-up internet of ours, there’s still a little place called Three Stegosaurus Moon.