Feeling Brevity\’s Pull

My first post for this little website measured in at a cool 807 words. I was always more of a bullet-point guy than a screeder, but, even so, my posts from that era routinely topped 1,000 words. In 2003, at roughly the same time, we introduced both the Gambit and the Forum. The former was a avenue for us to do a daily, while shorter, update; the latter was your standard web bulletin board (except with way smarter comments and cooler avatars). By definition, my writings got shorter. The Forum dried up a couple years later, and, soon after, so did the institutionalized Gambit. (A Gambit still got posted occasionally, but not according to any specific schedule). After a brief flurry of publishing after implementing our snazzy new WordPress publishing tool, I pretty much stopped posting entirely. My last single-authored post was 14 months ago; even that one was pretty brief. These days, my sole avenue for written creativity comes courtesy of Facebook\’s status update feature. That\’s a max of 140 characters, in case you\’re scoring at home. (Or if you\’re by yourself.)

What happened? Why did I stop doing something I really enjoy? Well, three kids happened, although it\’s fair to say that that argument\’s crap, in that I always did most of my composition at work. In the spirit of fairness, I\’m doing a lot more at work than I was doing five years ago. So much that I don\’t have time to write a post, though? Not really. I\’m in year three of a Dubya-inspired news fast, but that doesn\’t mean I\’m without inspiration. I\’ve become way more picky about how I write, but maybe I don\’t need to be so persnickety when writing for fun. (It also doesn\’t hurt that Dain has just lifted their long-time block on my access to the WordPress site.)

Oh, right, my point: my goal is to write something each day; I\’m willing to wager most of that ends up here. So I\’ll be hanging around here a bit more; hope that works out with you.

As you were.







One response to “Feeling Brevity\’s Pull”

  1. alex Avatar

    “in case you’re scoring at home. (Or if you’re by yourself.)” . . . is STILL one of my favorite dumb jokes of all time.

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