Last week I celebrated my own anniversary of solar orbits completed, and this week I am celebrating the seventh anniversary of this here blog. SEVEN YEARS. Seems sort of crazy, but there you are.
The title refers to the total number of posts that I’ve made over that time. Again, sort of crazy. It has felt like I’ve been blogging less frequently than in years past, and being a scientist I decided to examine the data. Here’s a plot of PPM (posts-per-month) over each calendar year:
That’s a pretty easy trend to see — there has certainly been a decline over the last couple of years after being pretty darn consistent for the first five or so. Why? I’m not sure. I’m sure there are several factors, though in reality, I think the main reason is that I take the disposable time that I used to use for writing posts for other things — social media, WWF games, actually doing my job.
Also, I have been trying to pick and choose post-topics a more carefully, so I’m not doing many “get to know me” memes like I used to, because really, I think you all know me pretty well by now.
Is there anything to do about that drop off? Should I do anything about it? The last thing you want is a personal blog to feel like a chore, but sometimes I do miss writing more. I think sometimes ideas that would have made good posts get truncated into status updates on social media — and that’s sort of a shame. Blogging for me is hardly “longform” writing, but I do think it’s a good idea to try and organize my thoughts into something a little heftier than 140 characters.
So perhaps over the next year I will be able to make that PPM climb a little. I’ve started keeping a google-docs folder of post ideas, so maybe that will prompt me some. Of course that means when I sit down to write that I’ll have the discipline to not surf to distraction.
Speaking of surfing, one good blog-related thing that happened just this past month was the creation of a new Facebook group: The Vox Neighbourhood on Facebook. It’s been great to see so many old faces and find out what they’ve been up to (and if you’re a former Voxer and not in it, let me know, I’ll send you an invite). A lot of them don’t seem to be blogging any more, but some are — so maybe we can all encourage more of that [this is good] vibe again.
And, as always, thanks to everyone that stops in and reads here. I am constantly delighted and amazed by the interactions and friendships I’ve developed over the years because of this blog.