Sure, there are still days where come I up with a ripping good yarn (or perhaps a very bad pun), and my dedication to populating the blog with hunks is unflagging.
But I don't write as many "real" essays these days, and the ones I do write are shorter. By that measure, I'd say that the blog was better two years ago.
However, my life back then was much worse. I was in a dead-end job that was stultifying beyond all belief. I was trapped in a grim, coffee-stained cube doing literally nothing five or six hours out of every day at the office.
My brain was rotting in my head, and that truly sucked, because I'd worked so hard to fill it up with interesting stuff and a rather dazzling--if esoteric and non-practical--set of skills.
To keep myself from atrophying to Palin-like levels of stupefaction, I started this blog. I wanted to get back into a daily writing habit and and re-hone my noggin.
Back when I started the blog, I often composed my posts at work, since I had little else to occupy my time. A couple hours composing at work, an hour tinkering in the evening, and I came up with some damn good stuff.
That luxury ended two years ago today when I started my current job. It's mildly freaky how fast those two years have gone, but then I suppose it makes sense, since each work day passes in a flash. Funny how being busy makes all the difference.
Now, instead of looking at the clock and thinking "Crap, I've only been here 37 minutes," I'm much more likely to say "Oh crap, how can it be lunch time already?" (I'll never be one of those people who "forget" lunch, though...)
Sadly, there is only so much WG to go around, and spending full days really thinking, writing, designing, and blogging at work leaves little creative fuel in the tank for creating dazzling prose after work.
I'm bummed about that, but if I had to choose between writing a blog that kicks ass every single day or a having job that I find really satisfying and that doesn't make me want to put my head in the oven--well, you know.
So, to sum up, I'm glad you're still here. I'll be here, too, doing my thing. But blogging is just one of many things for me now, and I hope you'll bear with me if the posts are a bit slower appearing than they were back in the Halcyon days of 2006.