When is a first strike not a first strike?
When it's Anticipatory Retaliation.

December 31, 2004

A New Year

Bravo Romeo Delta

My clever readers will probably note that posting has been quite sparse as of late. And for this, I feel that my readers, both of you, deserve an explanation. Or, at least since you keep showing up, I think one is in order. So, my take on the two principle elements which have combined to drive posting down, what I intend to do about it, and finally, a request from all y'all.


Problem the First:

With an increasing burden of other things in my life dragging me down, blogging had moved from being a source of recreation and release to becoming a loathsome burden. I had rather hoped to avoid the "indefinite hiatus" approach to taking a break, because that approach seems to have some significant drawbacks, based on what I've seen with other bloggers.

Problem the Second:

Of the many things I have been described as, as a blogger, Closing Pitcher (courtesy Winds of Change) I think may be the most appropriate. This caused me to recall something I heard from a major league baseball player quite some years ago, but which may be applicable here. After ending a hitting slump, the player was asked what he had changed. He stated that instead of worrying about hitting the ball out of the park each time, he was just focusing on making contact. Once he started making contact more reliably, then he started to pay attention to hitting the ball harder.

In this same vein, I had (believe it or not) fallen into the trap of trying to make every post a homerun. I suppose, in an effort, to track down some of that proverbial crazy blog money. Then I realized that I had no PayPal tip jar, so it was kind of a moot point anyway.


Well, it seems that the two problems are closely related. Insofar as blogging became an effort to turn into Wretchard or Steven den Beste overnight, I quite working on just doing my own damn thing. Hence, before even posting, I started creating all these unnecessary conditions and requirements that started getting me away from the simple act of writing itself.

Hence forth, I have a simple solution. Write more, rather than just thinking about writing. That might also improve my readability vastly. Additionally, I have, as you can probably tell right now, been inclined to move to a different format. This isn't fixed in stone, but you can see that I am in motion on this front.


Anyone know a decent blog page designer they would recommend? As you can see, I'm to blog design what the French are to a military.

Final Note

Happy Holidays!!!

Launched by Bravo Romeo Delta at December 31, 2004 08:36 AM

Retaliatiory Launches

Best of luck with the "short yardage pass" method! (And what's wrong with your design? I love the Cold War photos!)

Posted by: Cybrludite at January 1, 2005 02:21 PM

"That might also improve my readability vastly."

Huh? I've never noticed a problem in that regard.

As for the design, my "Y" chromosome kicks in here as I point out that, to me, the only design feature that really matters is visibility of, and access to, the text of what you've got to say. But if you're looking for design help anyway, Sekimori is a good place to look, and Web Diva, who re-did Ace's site, seems to have her shit in one sock, as well.

Posted by: Patton at January 1, 2005 06:17 PM

I would concur that your readability was never a concern of mine. I will also concur with the Sekimori recommendation. They have done lots of great sites.

I will enjoy reading whenever you feel like writing.

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at January 2, 2005 07:28 PM

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