For over three and a half years, I’ve posted to this blog six days a week, with occasional breaks for vacations and visitors. You may have noticed that in the past month, my six-day-per-week schedule has gotten a bit scattered. That’s because my time commitments have also gotten a bit scattered. I’ve taken on a couple of new projects that will require not just time, but also writing brain space, and some of that space will have to come from the blog part of my brain. The discipline of daily posting was a great challenge and good for me in many ways, but I need a different kind of discipline now: the ability to focus deeply on one thing, for a long period. That’s pretty much the antithesis of blogging.
In addition, while putting together the loooong posts such as the Gravity review and my posts on the Alcobaça Monastery, I’ve remembered how much fun it is to really sink my teeth into something substantial. But that sort of writing doesn’t lend itself to a daily schedule, either.
So I’m jumping off the daily wagon. I’ll continue to post, probably two or three times per week, and possibly two or three times in a single day if I run into a bunch of cool stuff that simply must be shared. But I will no longer hold myself to a schedule. In the meantime, I’m going to see if my brain remembers what a long attention span is, and what I can do with it. There might be some retraining involved. There might be chocolate involved, too, since researchers keep finding that it’s good for memory and attention spans. Some excellent chocolate from my hometown recently arrived in our mailbox, so I’m off to experiment.