What it’s like to blog for almost 7 years
After a while, you get the feeling that you’ve already had that idea … and then discover it’s not just de ja vu. Here’s Paul Ford, noting a phenomenon similar to my experience of strolling through Avery’s archive:
[I]t kept happening: I’d have an idea, search through my archive, and find that I’d already had that idea, some variation on it, six years ago. I was, without a doubt, repeating myself. Spinning the wheels of my hobbyhorses.
Just this week, I had the occasion to respond to a question a reader sent via email by linking to half a dozen or more of my own posts from years gone by. It was just the latest opportunity to realize how much ground we’ve covered together around here. I’d lie to say I don’t sometimes wonder if I’ve worked this plot of land enough. Perhaps it’s time to let things go fallow for a while. But the strange thing is, I still enjoy it all very much - far too much to give up. True, I don’t get to blog as much these days as I once did, and obviously one’s own predilections and interests evolve over time. But there’s a satisfaction to be had from this enterprise that has been and remains unmatched for me, even if there may be some inevitable rinse-repeat repetition from time to time.Email this Post