The state of the blog

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If you’ve been around JossArden.com for any length of time (and I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t been around; this site is a ghost town), you may have noticed a couple things. First, the blog wasn’t updated for most of July or August. And then, suddenly, all the old posts disappeared and what’s here now emerged.

What happened…
It’s no secret that I’ve never been that great at consistency. It’s like I never managed to post anything here on any sort of regular basis. What you might not realize is that I had a posting schedule I desperately wanted to adhere to: I really wanted to make a point of putting up a new post every Wednesday. Obviously, that didn’t always happen and there were a number of reasons why. I always have the best of intentions, but this summer was especially tough for me. Stuff came up that I wasn’t expecting and it cut into my writing time. Then, money got even tighter than it already was and I had to transfer my blog to a different, cheaper hosting plan. It was during this transfer to the cheaper hosting plan that all my previous posts disappeared. On a positive note, I did have the presence of mind to export all my previous content before the hosting change occurred. I could, theoretically, upload all my previous content. But I’m not sure I want to. There was some content that I kind of regret posting((I realize that the internet is forever and just because I delete it from my blog doesn’t mean it’s gone for good and blah blah blah – I don’t care if this content continues to be saved on some server somewhere – it’s not that kind of regret; rather, I don’t feel the content fit in with what I hoped to accomplish with this blog)) and I’m not sure if I want it back. So I’m thinking I might rather start over.

The future…
As I mentioned above, I had it in my head that I wanted to post new content every Wednesday. When that didn’t happen, I felt like a failure as a blogger. I know that people won’t read this blog if there isn’t some sort of consistency as far as when things get posted and I so desperately wanted to be seen. But I’m trying to let go of this. According to Albert Einstein, insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I hereby challenge myself to do the same thing over and over and expect the same results: I’ll post here when I have something I want to write about relating to science-fiction or fantasy media (which is basically what I was doing already; I was just deluding myself to think anything different) and I will do my best to accept that this will never be a popular blog. I’ll do my best to accept that it’s very possible that no one will read this blog, ever. The point of this blog will be to express myself in a way that I enjoy. If I manage to connect with one person through my blogging, that’s great! But I need to learn how to be fine with not having followers.

JossArden.com will continue to be a blog about my thoughts of SFF media. I will blog when I feel like it.

In recent weeks, I’ve live tweeted classic Doctor Who stories as well as posting random thoughts about SFF TV on both Twitter and Tumblr. I recently subscribed to LootWear (sock edition) and today I posted a Snapchat story discussing what I got in my first shipment. And I anticipate doing this for future shipments as well. If those sound like things you might be interested in, please follow me on those platforms.

Joss Arden, out.

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