Blogging Lulls Begin Insidiously

You fail to blog by blogging to fail. Or failing to plan. Or deciding that you’ve got a bunch of projects occupying your mind and you can’t even begin to reckon on a subject for a post. Or, you don’t actually decide that, it just becomes the default and then you’re seven days into the month and you haven’t written anything and how could this happen and what is wrong with your COMMITMENT, BRO.

And sometimes you get one of these meta-posts started and suddenly you’ve come up with a real subject for it and you can transition into it and your meta-post just looks like a prologue, and then you can change the title and it actually becomes that. This is not one of those times. I am producing a post bereft of content, and I am fine with that. It is a truthful depiction of reality. Thus it is not actually bereft of content. I should write all my blog posts like this, so it can resemble a LiveJournal from 2008. That would be Throwback, but not so Throwback as to be obviously Trendy Nostalgia.

This means that we have reversed the polarity on Nostalgia. It used to be that Cool Nostalgia was aimed at stuff from 20 years ago, and stuff from 10 years ago was so lame we were pretending we had forgotten it. But that would mean being Nostalgic for 2001 now, and we’re still sniffing around the pre-Internet era. Who can even describe 2011 culturally? It was forever ago, and also yesterday. The whole century is going to be like this.

Even complaining about it has become lame. There’s no solution for it, except making something new, that excites people. No one wants to risk the capital for that. Or rather, they haven’t figured out how to do it, yet. Tenet was an attempt at that, but it didn’t take. So maybe the Stuck Culture that others have lamented is like the Trench Warfare of WWI. Nobody likes it, everyone’s trying to solve for it, but they haven’t figured out how yet. We’ve not had our cultural stormtroopers yet. And we probably won’t like that when we do.

Now I have started blogging about something else. Should I change the title?

Nah.

Minor Page Updates

I spent some time farting around with HTML yesterday to get my Published Books Page to look like something other than a bullet-list with hyperlinks. My knowledge of HTML is completely basic – I know what tags are and how to close them – but it looks pretty good.

I did even less to my Preview Page, as everything I have available on Tablo, except for one thing, is already published. (Naturally, they aren’t available in full. You must pay to read the ending).

I’m also giving thought to migrating  my old dead politics blog over to a separate WordPress blog, that I might update it occasionally. But then I might have to migrate the politics-related posts here, from the pre-2016 era, over to it, and that just seems like a lot of rearranging the chairs at an empty restaurant. Then again, I got a lot more hits when this place was andrewjpatrick.com, so what do I know.