As many of you have probably noticed I haven’t been around on the blog much for quite some time. To tell the truth I’ve been wrestling with whether to continue or not. Part of me has come to a lot of the same conclusions as Denny: I want to concentrate on my book writing (I’ve already finished one travel book a while ago but have yet to find a publisher, and I’m working on a fantasy novel, an illustrated children’s story, and a novel set in Japan, plus have a whole list of other books I want to get to), which is more important to me than almost any other activity I’ve set my mind to. Writing in the blog and reading and commenting in other blogs takes a lot of time that I just don’t have. I also more and more want to spend time outdoors in the real world of nature, not in front of a computer screen. I keep asking myself how I would feel, when I’m finally dying, about the time spent with the blog compared with time spent out walking in the mountains or watching birds or studying insects, which I would hold most dear, and the time outdoors wins every time.
However, I’ve developed some close and important relationships with a few people through the blog, some of whom have grown into genuine friends whom I would not hesitate to visit if the chance presented itself. I do not want to lose the connections I have made and also would like to continue exploring a lot of the ideas and discussions that have been going on for more than a year now.
So how to proceed. Perhaps I’ve just got to learn a little more discipline and keep the blog posts to a certain time frame. I’m thinking of changing the format a little and posting more on my daily walks and from my cell phone (something you can’t live without in Japan, or no one would ever call you… it’s a whole subculture here, far beyond any other place in the world). That way I could use my train commuting time more constructively and at the same time allow for my book writing at home. I’m also thinking of migrating from Movable Type to WordPress, the set up of which I’ve already more or less finished. I just need to work on the CSS, part of which will either incorporate a new page design or utilize a user controllable rotating CSS interface.
It would be a pity to toss aside something I worked so hard on for such a long time. But only as long as it doesn’t interfere with the things that are most important to me. Just takes a little time management.
So, in keeping with the new rules, I had better sign off here and get outside. See you again later.