Thankful for one more trip around the sun

27 November 2020 by Steve Blum
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Martina mcbride

Happy Thanksgiving, Gentle Reader. I’m most thankful that you’re interested enough to be reading this on a holiday weekend. Next to that, I’m thankful there’s only a month left in 2020. As Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride sang, this year gone by ain’t been a piece of cake.

If you’re still reading, I’ll assume you have some particular interest in this Humble Blog, and might want to know what I have planned for it. I began it twelve years ago, and went to daily blogging eight years ago this coming Tuesday. Thanks to readers like yourself, it’s been more rewarding and enjoyable than I ever thought possible. Two years ago, I estimated that something like 5,000 readers a month look at this blog, directly and via social media. That number has grown, maybe by half again as much.

Thank you.

That said, changes are in the works. I will keep on blogging, just not on a daily schedule. I want to write better pieces, which means writing fewer. It also means avoiding the beat reporter’s trap of only looking within your bubble for whatever happenstance puts in plain sight. Sometimes you have to do that to fill the daily news hole, but it makes you lazy.

I’m an old school radio reporter at heart, and still love the adrenaline rush of nailing a breaking story mere seconds away from air time. But that also means continually focusing on writing the next story. Now. So I’ll try going back to what I originally intended for this blog, which is to write reflectively rather than reflexively. And take the occasional, and perhaps lengthy, vacation.

I’m also going to channel some of my daily blogging energy into updating this website, and making it a more useful tool for community broadband development. If you have any suggestions or requests, please let me know.

Be warned, though. I’m not swearing off impulsive polemics or giving up the occasional delusion that I have a scoop. That’s too much fun.

So I hope you’ll join me, and enjoy the ride, on my next trip around the sun.