It’s possible that you’ve noticed that I don’t post a lot here anymore. This blog has admittedly fallen mostly into disuse. This should not be a surprise to anyone.
It occurs to me, though, that some of you may wonder what I’m doing instead of writing blog posts. (Others of you, I’m sure, couldn’t care less. But that’s not going to stop me telling you.) So here I am, back again, to tell you what I’ve been up to and why this blog has taken a bit of a hit since its heyday a few years ago.
I started this blog as a place to test the technology as we considered blogging as a training tool at work. Over the years it evolved from a place to pontificate about training industry and technology topics into a personal outlet for pop-culture. I tried to make it a place where I’d present a topic and have some kind of discussion about it. That worked from time to time, but rather infrequently. It’s hard to keep energy focused on writing things when you’re not getting any feedback, so over time I worked less on trying to generate conversation and tended more towards writing only when I found something I wanted to share or record for myself – and that became less frequent.
This is partially because Facebook came along, and now I tend to post my thoughts and links in short-form on either my personal page or the Caddickisms Facebook Page. A lot of times I feel bad about that since there are topics that I’d rather discuss in longer form here, but a lot of times it doesn’t seem worth the effort.
I’ve stated most of the above before in conversations elsewhere (notably on Lee’s recent posts on his own blogging changes), but something occurred to me tonight about where a lot of the time I used to spend blogging is going. Music.
I’ve mentioned it from time to time, but for those who don’t know, I sometimes write music. This is a bit of a tricky proposition, because I’ve never had formal instruction in music composition or theory, nor do I play any instruments. I do sing in our church choir (and have sung in choirs for decades). Predictably, choral music is the most common type of music I write, and generally it’s pretty simple stuff. I have written some instrumental stuff as well, and oddly I tend to like those better. I have noticed that my attempts are getting more complex lately. I’m still firmly in amateur-land, but it’s definitely a transition toward something more advanced.
The biggest problem is that it takes me forever to actually finish anything. I think this is primarily due to my aforementioned deficiencies in theory and playing. That, and my best ideas occur to me in the shower, which is usually right before I need to leave the house, so by the time I get to capture anything the fullness of it has long faded from memory. If I’m lucky I retain enough of it to get a main idea down and can sometimes rebuild what I had fully realized in my head at the outset. Usually, I get something kind of like what I was thinking and then it develops along a totally separate path – sometimes better, usually worse.
Anyway… my point was that a lot of my ex-blogging time goes into this. I really enjoy it, despite the fact that almost no-one has ever heard any of it (with the exception of one “Amen” I wrote in 2004, which we use in my church periodically) outside of a very few friends and family. I’ve considered sharing it here from time to time, but haven’t. I’ve been bothered by self-criticism, embarrassment, and the fact that I’m not really satisfied with how the MIDI rendering sounds. A few things are changing in at least 2 of those areas, though, so I may do a post here in the future that shares at least something of what I’ve written.
Which leads me to this: this blog is not dead, though you’d be forgiven for thinking it is. I’m not making any pledge to post more frequently. I’ll post if and when it suits me, and that may be very infrequently. But I will post. I still hope some of you comment – honestly it makes this whole endeavor more fun for me – but I’ll be posting because I have something to say that doesn’t really make sense to put in Facebook.
I’m also open to guest posters, so if you’re interested in writing here, let me know.
I will continue to post much more frequently on my Caddickisms Facebook page, so if you’re looking to get more from me, please “like” or follow me there (you can even use the button on the right of this page).