I will be going to Nome for over a week, March 12-21 and will likely not get on my son's computer to post. It seems a good time to simply get away from social media, even that as thought-based as blogging. To keep things flowing, I thought it might be good to pre-load some older posts that I thought still had value now, and string them along at one per day to launch while I am gone.
I guess this provides positive evidence for my narcissism. I think at least 25% of my posts from November 2006 should be brought forward, sometimes with a little added commentary. A decade ago, other bloggers did "Best of..." and I did a fair bit of it, too. At 500+ posts a year, I don't think I'm going to m ake much progress. I don't think I'm dying anytime soon, but when I do, I think I can still provide thoughts of interest for years to come.
Of course, I would think that.
Some of you are still here after all these years, and I can recognise your tone and ideas still. Thank you very much. When one maps it out, blogging has been part of my environment for 20% of my life, both in writing, and in reading (including some of you). I don't think we can disparage the changes that have occurred in the national argument that much, even though there are definite downsides of fewer full books, shorter attention span, greater impulsivity and perhaps anger in discourse. Other than my head-in-a-book years from age 8-28, I think I have learned more in the internet years than in the years previous. The pattern is uneven, and there is an apples-to-oranges aspect to it. Yet there it is. I know more, and it is because of knowing you.
Or maybe not. What I read from 2006 is pretty similar to what I think now, so I have only perhaps refined it somewhat.