I’m not saying blogging is obsolete, just that I’ve had a lot of outlets for my views lately that aren’t here, and also everything* has been sufficiently terrible that I’m not sure I want to publicly express some of the views, etc etc.
But I try and do this sort of thing at least once a month andI’m sad that the scroll-down has been disrupted by that. Will do better. Nag me as @johnb78 on Twitter if you think there’s something I should write about.
*my personal life is actually quite good for once but either you agree the world is falling to pieces or you’re at the wrong place.
Good news #1: I’m not dead; good news #2: the blog’s not dead. Rather, I’ve taken a month or so off thanks to a combination of bad things, good things and neutral things.
Bad things: major unpleasantness from commenters I respect around some of the things I’d written about Julian Assange; the realisation that some of the things I’d written about Assange – not necessarily the same ones – were not things I was wholly proud of having written; and (non-Assange-relatedly) a fairly horrible break-up in real life, which was entirely my fault and not something that’s sympathy-warranting, but which made me cut down on my online presence generally.
Good things: an awesome and amazing month being an utter tourist all over Australia [*] after some of my favourite people took time off to trek 15,000km across the world and visit; the emergence of a proper summer; the presence of paid work that needed doing.
Neutral things: the death of my router and a mild eBay failure which mean it took a fortnight to sort out a replacement.
Anyway. I’m now back for the duration, not least because my Masters degree in Digital Communication & Culture starts next month. I’m looking forward to such activities as explaining in detailed academicese why this article is an absolute load of arse, for example. Oh, and obvious digital communication joke.
Other Things To Look Forward To: why the fatuous idiocy of the NSW Liberal Party doesn’t matter as much as you might think; something about beer; something about Tim Worstall’s book. Be excited.
[*] May contain elements of lie. “All over NSW and Tas”. “All over Australia” would be more like a 5-year break…