I’m doing fine. Everything is going well.
The reason I haven’t been posting is I’ve been hit with the double whammy of working extremely long hours and not having easy access to word-press. And maybe you can add in that blogging seems pointless when there is such a partisan divide: to me, the Democrat elites clearly appear to be willing to destroy all that is good about the United States in order to implement their plan that encourages and exploits the lack of economic sense of a plurality of citizens in order to propel themselves to plausibly permanent leadership positions in what they have deluded themselves will be a benevolent authoritarian regime. But the other side can’t see it, because everything is former President Bush’s fault.
There’s just zero common ground to even start a discussion, much less learn anything or persuade.
And the more I learn/read/analyze about the Chiefs, the less useful my conclusions are, I think.
So what now?
Well, I’m still deployed for another 5 months. And I have my Master’s Thesis to finish up. So don’t expect me to post too much for a while.
And even after I get back home, I don’t really want to be as addicted to the computer as I have been for the last several years.
On the other hand, however, I think I have finally figured out how to implement a blogging dream I’ve had for a few years.
As you know, I’ve participated in Amazon’s Car Lust for a few years…although I haven’t participated much since I’ve deployed. From the first, I’ve enjoyed cars and enjoyed reading and discussing on that site. But also from the first, I’ve wanted to do a Guitar Lust, in which I write about all the guitars that I love.
To tell the truth, my love of cars is nowhere near as quirky as Chris Hafner’s (the Car Lust initiator), and my writing is nowhere near as entertaining. I love small cars that get good gas mileage and are nimble in the curves, but still have 4 doors. How many times can I write that in new ways?
There are guitars you want because they are rare. There are guitars you want because they feel great when playing, and make you play better. There are guitars you want because they have great tone. There are guitars you want because they are beautiful. There are guitars you want because everyone else wants them. There are guitars you want because you hope/think they might become collector’s items someday. There are guitars you want because of the paint job. There are guitars you want because of a specific attribute or installed hardware. There are guitars you want because of the wood grain. There are guitars you want because of the uniqueness. There are guitars you want because you want to try them out. There are guitars you want because of the price.
I never started writing that sort of post because I wondered if I might run out of guitars within a few weeks.
Well, it has been over a year since I had that idea, and I’m still finding guitars I want.
Another problem I had was that many of the guitars I lusted after were on eBay, and those listings expire. Well, I’ve finally decided it is worth the time to download the pictures and text, and write a post that is self-contained on my blog (enduring) with a link to the actual eBay auction so that if someone is inspired by my post they can still bid on it. Or perhaps even better would be to include a link to the eBay search that finds that guitar, so that even if the specific guitar I’m posting about is sold, or the auction page disappears, readers can find new examples, or save the search to be notified when one pops up on eBay.
This brings up a new question/problem, however.
Do I post it on this blog? Do I start a new blog? If I do start a new blog, do I give up on this one?
There are only so many hours in a day. I just don’t have time to write socio-political posts in addition to guitar posts. But I am loathe to quite socio-political blogging altogether…I think I have good ideas, and who knows when the right socio-political blog post gets noticed by someone big, and I suddenly become a hot blogging commodity? Yeah, right.
Still, there are times when I feel I have to let my feelings known.
On the other hand, I know how disappointing it is to me when I find that someone I like for car blogging, or humor blogging, or SF&F fiction stories, etc, turns out to be a raging liberal…I can imagine the opposite is true: that someone who would otherwise like me or my writing hates my politics.
So I want to have separate blog, just for guitars.
I may try to see if I can get a blogging page that I can reach from work, so I can work on Guitar Lust posts during the slow times of my long work hours.
Whatever I finally decide, I’ll let everyone know through this blog.