I’m not dead, yet…
It’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve posted here. I apologize.
I’m not dead. I’ve not forgotten this blog. I’ve not changed my lifestyle – at least not intentionally. I’ve missed a few emails, and I’ve not been keeping up my normal standard of responses for those that I’ve actually managed to reply to over the past couple of months.
Life gets in the way sometimes, but I’ve let life run over me for long enough and it’s time to start pushing back again.
It’s time to start writing again. I’ve kept up with reading. In fact, I’ve read more than 30 books so far this year, and it’s only mid-March. If I were to devote even just a portion of the time I spend reading, watching TV, or playing video games to writing, I’d easily have 50 more blog entries by now if not a more tangible piece of writing.
Writing is catharsis for me, but I definitely have not spent enough time doing it lately.
In some ways, I feel a bit like a 12-stepper… I keep falling off of the wagon and I keep recommitting myself. I feel better about it each time, and I stick with it for awhile, but then life gets in the way again.
I’m going to begin a new experiment.
I have nearly a dozen half-finished blog entries on my google drive. With two notable exceptions, I generally don’t post anything until I’ve reviewed it, edited it, re-reviewed it, and generally feel like it’s both well written and of a reasonable length. I’ve always been afraid of making too small entries – feeling like people deserve a good chunk of content when they give me their eyeballs for a few minutes. And in truth, even when writing short pieces like this one, it takes me about ten times as long to write, read, edit, and publish than it does for you to read it. But I’m going to start trying to be a bit less of a perfectionist. I’m going to publish more pieces, even if I don’t feel like they’re perfect, and even if I feel like they’re too short or perhaps off topic.
I started this blog as a place to rant about the things that I saw going wrong in my own local BDSM community. I gave the address to one person and expected my audience to grow to maybe 10 or 20 over time. I never expected what actually happened, and I didn’t properly set my own expectations.
Eventually this became a place of instruction, and while I enjoyed that for a time, it was too impersonal, too clinical, and too removed from my own feelings on the matter to be compelling. And then I started to write more personal stories, and that is when I started to find everything a bit overwhelming. I don’t think even I realized it until now.
Catharsis is difficult to find when the prospect of engaging in your cathartic activity is so daunting, and so I basically quit.
But I’m not really a quitter… and the fact that I haven’t been updating the blog has always stuck in the back of my craw like a … stuck in the back of your craw thing…
So – once more with feeling – I’m back.
You can expect more updates, but they might not be the solid blocks of BDSM University goodness that you’re used to, nor the long winded personal diatribes, but perhaps something more manageable and sustainable.
I’m Rant, I’ve been here all along and I’m not going anywhere, even if I might have been hiding for awhile.