Today is just another day. Just another revolution of the earth about its axis (or another trip of our sun around the earth). Just another meaningless moment in existence, as the earth orbits the sun and the seasons change, as the sun travels with many other stars around our galaxy, as the galaxy meanders purposelessly through the universe. Today is nothing special. Just like every other day.
Today is not just another day. Today is something special. Today is the day that this blog has existed for one. whole. year. One trip around the sun, measured relative to the stars. One trip through the seasons, measured by the angle at which the sun travels through the sky. Today is a day I think back and laugh at some of the things I wrote, cringe at many of the other things, and feel proud about the odd good post hiding in unexpected places amongst the myriad. Today is a day I look to the future of this blog.
Today is something special. Just like every other day.
I’ve finally gone cold turkey and broken my crack addiction: the post-thesis euphoria has worn off, and I’m being productive again. At last my mind has replanted its roots firmly in “reality”, many an embarrassing thought or moment later. (Let’s hope I’m the only one aware of the most embarrassing things.)
This blog has come a long way in just a year. As tempting as it is to delete the past, the past should not be forgotten. Remembering the past helps us look towards the future, a future for which I have high hopes. So where is this blog headed? As usual, only time will tell. However, general strategic and tactical guidelines include reducing the quantity of posts again, likely dropping back to one or two per week, and attempting to maintain a stronger focus and sense of purpose. Most of the time. Even if this purpose remains hidden to the reader. For comic relief, Jess (the jester) might write some fiction.
From the software side, I need to make more significant progress on mengelmoes: this blog needs it. In particular, while I love my regular commenters, I suspect some of the people I wish would take part more actively are frightened away by our typical discussions. This does put quite a damper on certain aspects of this blog’s future. If mengelmoes is ever more than vapourware, it should hopefully allow the participation of multiple communities instead of forcing everyone into one. This should allow this blog to take a more serious stab at becoming what I’ve been hoping it can become.
The aim, the main purpose, remains education, including science education, and battling to make some kind of positive difference in my local community. I’m slowly beginning to realise that world domination can indeed take some time, so let’s start small.
Many dreams have died. Many ideas that could have been great, got lost along the way. Many ideas were simply stupid. May the death of old dreams mark the birth of new dreams.
And may every future instance of a reader disagreeing passionately or becoming hopping mad, be an intentionally provoked reaction. Muhahahahaha!