Gap year: 2019

I’ve been blogging for a little over a quarter of a century. Of course, we didn’t call it “blogging” in 1994. I had an AOL homepage, and I used it to post pictures, workout tips, and journal entries on what I was doing in school. I shared long essays on philosophy and politics on Usenet. Eventually these things got called blogging.

One of the cool things about doing this for so long is that I can look back and see trends: the ebb and flow of my moods, ideologies, and styles over the years. I tried out different formats: “reaction pieces” where every article started out with an anonymous quote of some comment I saw online; “dialogues” where I tried to explore issues with conversations between fictional characters; long “objective-voice” researched essays; shorter “reflections” where I focused more on own experiences and feelings.

2000 to 2009 was a gap decade. In the first third of that decade I wrote a lot on LiveJournal. The middle third my life was rocked by trauma. The last third was recovery. Somewhere along the way, I permanently deleted my LiveJournal account. I wish I hadn’t: it would be interesting to be able to preserve it here, and see it in context with the rest of the flow of my writing over the years.

2019 was also a gap year for my blog. It’s been rough, but I’ve been through worse. We will see what 2020 brings.

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