Sunday, March 25, 2018

On Vectors

"They also all have to have meetings to decide what to do next. You can just decide on your own. That means that you can do something, force them to... figure out their next course of action, and... you can change direction, so that by the time they've worked out their response, it no longer applies. Start at the beginning. Move one step in the direction of your goal. Remember that you can change direction to maneuver around obstacles. You don't need a plan, you need a vector."
 -  Jose-Luis "Jolu" Torrez, from Homeland, by Cory Doctorow

That's probably not the kind of quote you were expecting, given my material the past few weeks. It's also considerably longer than my quotes usually run, but I felt taking out too many more words didn't help the message.

The I'm Listening campaign isn't dead. Don't put words in my mouth.

My goal here, with this website, is multifold, but my primary objective is rather singular: to get better writing by writing. That's where this all started. Now, I've certainly tacked on other things since then, including sharing how I see the world, help foster empathy for alternative perspectives, and increase my audience.

Most of those are about as selfish as my primary objective, especially since my personal perspectives on certain matters are (so I'm told) "eccentric at best."

The I'm Listening campaign is going on hiatus, possibly permanently, for several reasons. One is that I don't like the feedback I'm getting from it, which is to say, the one person (thank you, Rach) who already comments on my material anyway is getting frustrated with it, and I'm not getting other people to comment at all, which was the problem in the first place. Two is that, although my visit counts are going up, the length of visit is going down. Three is that they're just so bloody hard to write and my advertising campaign isn't bringing in any new material.

Fortunately, it's just me running the show, so I don't have to have a meeting to decide what to do next, I can just cancel the upcoming queue and move on to something else. (That said, I'm not cancelling the upcoming queue. There's one more ILC post pending as I write this, and it's going to go live tomorrow, and you won't see this until the following week; or as you're reading this, I wrote this eight days before it published.)

I'm not sure what I'm going to do next. I'm still working on that. There might be an influx of IIWK posts (which tend to perform really well but are really hard to come up with new ideas for) or MBWS (which are easy but tedious to write, especially if I can't find many quotes for the word) until I figure it out. I do have several NMHs in the wings, just waiting for them to fall on a Sunday (at least one is scheduled for 2022).

Something else I'd like to say, before I close this out:

I've been running this blog for just over seven years now (anniversary of first regular posting schedule is December 11th). I have plans for a contest of sorts to be voted on by the audience over the span of the ninth year, that covers best series, worst series (it's too soon to nominate ILC, you'll have to wait like everybody else), favorite posts within each series, among loads of other things.

If you'd like to suggest a topic series for me to consider, suggestions are welcome. If you'd like to suggest a voting category for the anniversary contest, set a reminder and hold it until the 2019 announcement post (yes, you'll have to wait until then, and if you can't remember where you wrote your reminder for that long, it probably wasn't the best idea in the first place).

And if you get bored with seeing just one post a week, don't forget that I have several other websites that I run with their own material, albeit with less regular posting schedules.

See you next week.