It’s been a while, this much I recognize. I haven’t updated in quite some time, and it’s been even longer since I put up anything of substance. That’s why I’ll start off by saying my one and only real resolution of 2011: to get my ass in gear and start writing again for real.
Hanlon’s Razor started off as a silly little project of mine in December of 2005 and has grown into something halfway decent, with a gaggle of readers and commentors better than I could have ever hoped for. Over five years later, I can look back with pride on what I would argue we have created. At least until the past year.
Now, you might ask why I decided to wait until the New Year to do this. If I really wanted to get moving, why wait? It’s an intangible thing, but we as human beings like to put together things with barriers and lines. We set our alarm clocks at even hours and half hours, set vacations for even weeks, and put gas in our cars at even dollar amounts. We just like to make things clearly delineated. So, in the spirit of that, 2011 will mark a further growth of the Razor. And I mean a big one. I fully expect to overhaul the site soon. Really revamp it.
Onto the ruminations. During this hiatus, I fully expect that while my work schedule was a big factor (I put in over 100 hours in the past two weeks), that’s not the only thing that made me take this time off.
See, political blogging is a slightly different beast than regular blogging. If this were simply a site of my own thoughts and ideas, I could plop down and bang out a couple entries at any given time. With politics, the longer you’re away, the less you’re suited to comment on current issues. Political issues build and develop over time, and if you didn’t read last week’s news, you’re missing a good amount of context for this week’s.
The end result is that after a few weeks of slacking, the pile of stories I’ve missed becomes a daunting monolith of my own failures as a writer. Trying to crack into anything of substance means having to face all of the things I didn’t read up on before. It’s not a matter of quickly brushing up on what I’ve missed that day, it’s a matter of reading up on what I’ve missed over the past months.
I don’t mean this as an excuse so much as an explanation of just how much I’ve fallen off lately, to point out my sincerity in getting back into the swing of things. January 1st of 2011 seems as good a time as any to do it.
So… for anyone still reading this thing, thank you, and happy year of the rabbit!
One last thing: I’m also considering, so as to avoid this in the future, branching out into further areas. Not to turn the Razor into a Huffington Post or Gawker, but after all, in this crazy world it’s important to follow the Razor in all aspects, so what do you guys think about tossing non-political stories in as well? Or at least not purely political.