As a scientist, I’ve done lots of experiments. Some of them go on for a long time. But today, it’s time to think back on an experiment that I started six years ago: this blog.
I started during a time when a lot of people were getting on the blogging bandwagon. I joined the now-defunct VOX and in many ways VOX was like a proto social network. You posted, people commented, some of them you got to know and become friends with. WordPress has been a more solid platform by far, but I still miss those wacky days of early discovery sometimes. I got a little nostalgic, so I went back and looked at that first year’s posts to see what topics I focused on (in no particular order):
- Philadelphia Eagles football
- Books & Movies
How does that compare to what’s going on here on Stevil these days? I think the new set looks like this (in no particular order, again):
- Books & Movies
I’ve pretty much given up posting on Eagles football. I’m not sure why. Maybe there are only so many times you can talk about Andy Reid’s awful clock management before going crazy. I don’t do too many memes anymore because I figure anyone reading here sort of knows me already – though there was a huge readership changeover during the VOX to WordPress transition, so maybe I should do some of those again? Maybe, if I could find some good ones. I still play the piano, but I’m not sure what to write about it and no, I’m not going to post any videos of me playing – and maybe all my creativity and artistry is going into cocktails. It’s good to see that Books &Movies, Travel and Science have remained a constant thread throughout the years.
One thing I noticed is that I had many fewer posts this year. My output for much of the life of this blog has been around 180 posts per year. This year, that number went down to 126. This sort of bothered me, and I’ve thought a lot about it. Was I finally losing interest? I don’t think so. I thought of two things that have probably impacted my post numbers. Certainly, work has been busier and busier, so that’s probably cut into my unscheduled writing time somewhat. Also, I know I’ve probably been more active on Twitter than ever before and that a lot of the content that in the past would have been a short post here has now gone there. I don’t think that’s a bad change, though I’m not completely sure.
I still get an awful lot of joy from sharing my thoughts and exploits here and I’m thrilled when a post sparks a great discussion or strikes a chord with someone, regardless of whether it’s for fun or something more serious. I hope you’ll all keep coming back, because I love that you’ll spend a few minutes with me (and The Beloved and Penny) from time to time.
See you next year!