After this goes live and until I get around to publishing next, it’ll say “(3001 fragments)” on the ongoing front page, which the majority of you who are currently looking at a feed reader never see. Three thousand is a lot. But they’re coming slower than they used to; does this trend lead to silence?
Check the numbers; August had the lowest post frequency since I lurched into motion in February of 2003. It’s not just me, there’ve been a few successful bloggers writing, over the course of 2008, about slowing down; for example, Petite Anglaise this very morning.
In The End, Silence? · Well yeah, we’re all gonna die someday. But for now, the thought of not having a writing space on the Web, whether anyone reads it or not, makes my blood run cold. I’m totally not going to force myself to write; I long since learned that the only things that work here—in the sense of starting conversations, or of making me happy when I accidentally revisit them—are the things I wrote because they wanted me to write them.
Why? · Well, Twitter is one reason.
Another is, that as I’ve written this year, I’m looking for another windmill to tilt at, or a big project to consume me. For now, working on various Atom stuff (come to ApacheCon 2008, NOLA in November, if you want the details) and Sun/developer-community liaison work keep me plenty busy.
And inside Sun software, the hottest creative energies are going into JavaFX (unfortunately, I just don’t get whole RIA thing) and OpenSolaris’ IPS (unfortunately, I’m a packaging moron) and multi-language NetBeans (they don’t need much help... well, I do report bugs). I’m internally pushing some ideas that I think could be impactful; but it feels like an in-between time.
Thank You · This is the important bit: I am so absolutely genuinely grateful to whichever aspect of Life, the Universe, and Everything that has arranged that there be people who actually read what I write, from time to time. So thanks to you all, and I’ll try not to be boring for the next three thousand.