It’s June 30, 2021, and I’ve noticed that I haven’t made any blog posts since early last month. I’m checking in with this blog update, but I’m also trying to get myself back into the mood of writing on this blog again. To that effect, I want to share a list of topics that interest me and posts I plan on making in the future.
What Interests Me?
There are a lot of things that interest me right now, and most of them concern current events:
- The recent passing of Mike Gravel and Donald Rumsfeld.
- News about UFOs.
- COVID-19, including case data, its origin, and vaccine distribution.
- Julian Assange, the free press, and whistleblowers.
- Britney Spears’s situation.
- Bill Cosby’s release from prison.
Sadly, I have fallen behind on a lot of these topics, but that’s on me. When I catch up, you can expect to read my thoughts on these things.
What Posts Do I Plan on Making in the Future?
Three ideas are prescient to me right now:
- The life and legacy of Mike Gravel. The former U.S. senator (D-Alaska) died on Saturday, June 26, 2021, but he was much ignored and lambasted for being an anti-imperialist. I want to talk about him, plus the contract in how mainstream news outlets talked about Donald Rumsfeld’s life. You can expect a post about this early next month.
- The Donald Trump Series. I don’t know when I’m going to update this series, but I must finish it, especially given what we know now and Trump’s future political plans. We need an honest accounting of what he did as president and the effect it had on general discourse.
- My experiences with an unpaid internship. I had written out this series in 2019, but I didn’t publish it. Unfortunately, all that data was lost early this year, so I must start over. This time, I will keep the text of any post I write on this server until I’m ready to publish this.
I think I also need to do some updates on Venezuela and France, as well as Syria because those are important topics. I eventually want to start sharing current events again, but that will take commitment and a general analysis of what I can do differently than others.
Why Have I Not Written Much on This Blog Lately?
There are four reasons why I haven’t written much on this blog over the past 2-3 years:
- Time management. This is one of my greatest flaws. Between juggling work and life in general, I find it hard to find the time to do the required amount of research for my posts. Even when I come up with a schedule, I end up going off-schedule, but it seems easier to carve out time when I have to make appointments (like a dentist appointment or meeting).
- Procrastination. This is another one of my greatest flaws.
- Anxiety. Even though this blog has well over 500 posts, I sometimes get nervous about sharing my writing.
- Disillusionment. I already discussed this before, but the events of the past year messed with me and made me disinterested in posting regularly.
A remedy for all this is responsibility and excitement. When I feel a sense of responsibility for my work and my readers, that helps keep me going. Also, the excitement of sharing my thoughts, information, and getting feedback is rewarding.
All that said, let’s see how this goes. I have a lot of work to do (professionally and personally), and it’s time to get started.
Burns, Robert. “Rumsfeld, a cunning leader who oversaw a ruinous Iraq war.” AP News, 30 June 2021, https://apnews.com/article/chicago-bears-middle-east-iraq-biden-cabinet-sports-402f0c98f69800b56049e380d1755dea.
“Mike Gravel, former US senator for Alaska, dies at 91.” AP News, 27 June 2021, https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-mike-gravel-alaska-government-and-politics-49428bf81c2081f064d1fa8fd05a26a1.