A Fork in the Road

Well, there you have it. For twelve months I have posted on my blog once a week, with a few exceptions in the middle of the year. I have found it to be harder work than I expected, in more ways than one, and my best writing has rarely made an appearance because of it. But this was never meant to be Nobel Prize-worthy literature, only exercise.

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So now I will really begin the process of reanalyzing my blog and fine tuning its focus, going in at least a slightly different direction. My weekly posts are coming to an end. I plan on scheduling a post once a month now, only, and posting at other times whenever the mood strikes me. The scheduled post may or may not be on the same day every month–that I have yet to decide.

My categories will change a little, as well. I am not likely to write at length about Scrabble again any time soon. It’s much more fun to just play. I enjoy my travel posts, but I have found that I am already running out of places I’ve been–although I haven’t held very well to my original intention: To post only about one site or one aspect of a trip, and not try to write about everything, like I did with my lengthy Oahu one two weeks ago (that no one has dared to read yet). The categories will stay, I think, but may not have frequent new posts anymore. I have considered changing each category to its very own blog, but I would either have to delete the entries here or pingback from the new blog to here, and that sounds kind of silly. Also, what would be left of QWERTYness?

I have already added my History blog, but after Valentine’s Day I will only be posting there once a year, so that hardly counts.

I have explored themes for my potential new blogs, but the theme for QWERTYness is likely to remain the same. I will look at changing up the sidebar a little bit, and my “Where Are You From” is going bye-bye.

I have grown too attached to my stats page, so I’ve been trying to care less about that lately. Just today someone liked 11 of my posts without reading any of them. I am so honored that just the idea of my words inspires feelings of happiness!

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Sarcastic bunny.

 

That’s it for now. Change will be gradual, probably, but it’s coming. I have more important things to do, believe it or not. But I will be here as long as it continues to be fun!

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5th Thursday [4]: Resolute

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2015:

1. Unfollow Fox News on Facebook.

This was the easiest one on my list, and I accomplished it before the clock struck 12:01 01/01/15. I used to like the cable network, back when it truly was “Fair and Balanced.” It’s been a long time, though, since it has been either of those things. Now they only strive to balance out liberal media slant with their own, conservative slant. I ceased following them on Facebook because of the nasty, hateful comments people were leaving on even the most benign stories. Its followers are a bunch of Donald Trumps, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. Click.

2. Good Things jar – consider it daily.

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25 Innings

 

#11 of 11 questions in 11 days, in response to Writingspiration:

What would be your dream job?

The first thing that comes to mind is baseball. Not playing it, mind you, but something that has to do with it. Even though I have barely written about it on QWERTYness, I am in love with the sport. As soon as the World Series is over, I am counting down the days until spring training. Continue reading

Begone, Stress!

 

This is #2 of 11 questions in 11 days, in response to Writingspiration:

How do you de-stress after a long day?

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I have several things to choose from that help me de-stress after a long day at work. On the days I report to work before the sun strikes the horizon, I usually take a nap when I come home, but that’s only because I’ve stayed up too late the night before. Napping may refresh me, but it does not help me de-stress.  I tend to wake up thinking about what else I could have been doing.

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Where Have I Been?

That was really challenging.

I was out of town on a work assignment for ten weeks, and managed to somehow keep up with my blog for the first few weeks. But after spending too many extra minutes on the job, eating, sleeping, Skyping with my wife, and taking a few minutes to myself, there wasn’t much time left for creative writing. Nor was there much time for reading, so my book blogging wasn’t going to happen unless I referred back to books I’ve previously read, and there definitely was no time for that.

I will try to start again, although I considered a mid-year restructuring of this thing. A fine-tuning. I didn’t think it would be so hard to come up with new material about my dogs, and at some point very soon I will run out of places I’ve been (at least cities).  I can always write about Scrabble, but it is my book-reading habit I want to support the most. But where is the time?

It’s been a difficult and busy couple of weeks since I’ve been home. But I am going to try to set aside some routine reading time very soon. And get back on my blog on a weekly basis. One way or another, and in one form or another.

This is “Week 3: US Travel.” I just got back from Arkansas, so maybe I will write about that tomorrow.