2021 was not the dumpster fire of 2020, but it was a year with its own challenges. The pandemic continued in its second year, but at least many of us were vaccinated, so the ability to move around again in public was a nice change. But it also led to my employer bringing people back to the office in the summer, albeit in a hybrid mode. It was a transition that led me to ponder retirement. In the end, after some negotiation, I decided to keep working.
This roughly coincided with work becoming pretty busy, with some epic projects in flight. Similar to what happened in 2017 and 2018, it impinged on blogging, reducing the amount of time and energy I had for reading and contemplating the topics I typically write about. It didn’t help that I was also somewhat burnt out on consciousness as a topic.
But this year I was able to at least partially fill the gap with a lot of posts on entertainment. I know many of you don’t find these as interesting as the stuff on the mind, philosophy, quantum mechanics, etc, and a few of you expressed concern or frustration about it, but for significant chunks of the last six months, it was either posts on fiction, or radio silence.
Still, even with that, my site stats show this is only the 67th post this year. That compares with 112 in 2020 and 127 in 2019. It’s better than the 17 in 2018 (five of which were in the last month), but still a pretty big drop.
Hopefully 2022 will be a better year, both in blogging and life. I learned a long time ago not to predict what I’ll post on in the next year. But I do know I’m happier when I’m having deep conversations with you, my online friends.
Whatever this time of year means for you, I hope you and your family and friends are safe and having a wonderful holiday, or at least a good mid-winter week. I’m looking forward to our conversations in 2022.