I know you’re all either bloated or hung over, but I have to talk to you about something serious, so try to refrain from vomiting (or grabbing “just one more slice of pie”) until we’re done here. Explanation after the jump—unless you’re new and have no clue what’s going on—you’ll have to click the Not Exactly Motivational link before you can continue. Don’t worry, you’ll be dropped off right back here when you’re done and caught up. Everyone else, continue as usual.
Thanksgiving has come and gone here in the US, which means I’m now legally permitted to look forward to Christmas—ask people what they want, think about what I’m going to do with my tree, and even (this bit’s important) think about what I want for Christmas. And I’ve decided I’m going to give myself a gift this year—an important one, something I’ve been wanting for a while now—and I’m going to give it early.
I’m giving myself the gift of time. Free time. Stress-free time.
While I’ve been enjoying all the things I do for and around this blog, the schedule I set for myself a while back was shredded as soon as real life obligations came along (I got to practice it for a solid three weeks, basically) and getting back to that schedule has been hard. I knew that the way to make it work was to cut back on something, but what? I can’t even blame my old standby of gaming, since—and this realization was the spark that led to the announcement below—I haven’t touched a video game in seven months.
I’ve looked at my schedule, at the other things I want to spend more time on, and come to a painful decision (which I then spent a further three weeks postponing): I need to scale back on the NEM’s. I told myself I’d wait until the new year, or the two year anniversary of the first one, but all of those felt like excuses to quit altogether and I don’t want to do that—I just want permission to make it a once-a-month feature or a whenever-I-think-of-something-cool feature rather than a weekly feature that takes way more of my time than I think it should. More than it used to, for sure. Then I remembered: I’m the one who gives that permission! So… I did. You got one today, obviously, and there are more in the bank so I have no excuse to quit anytime soon… but they’re going to be spread out while I relax and do some quality thinking. And writing, if one is feeling so generous as to apply the term quality to what I do.
I’m imagining most of you nodding and thinking “of course! It’s your blog, do whatever you want with it!” and I thank you for that. If you’re doing/thinking something else… well, I probably still want you to say something because I thrive on your comments (even the spam, if I’m being brutally honest) but maybe keep it nice? And if I don’t respond right away, it’s because I’m in the basement playing Horizon Zero Dawn. I wasn’t kidding about that: I checked, and my last trophy was “Reach Level 25.”
I gotta fix that shiz. And those robot dinosaurs need to learn a lesson.