Absence makes the heart grow fonder-of somebody else!
–Francis Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody (1962), Anonymous
You may have noticed, dear reader, being the rather astute individual that you are, that I have not posted on this website for quite a while now.
I thought I would take this opportunity (At my lovely wife’s suggestion) to let you know where I’ve been and why the site hasn’t been updated.
If you’ve ever been to another introspective, advicey-type, personal development site you may have noticed something about the more succesful ones: They post two to three times a week on average. Â Â The reason for that is because any succesful article based or blog-based website has to update frequently or, quite understandably, people lose interest and stop visiting.
The problem is that when you’re forced to write that frequently you tend to run out of the large wealth of genuine ideas you had when you began the site rather quickly.Â Â You can even take this very website as an example.Â I posted 43 articles in the span of three months covering all sorts of different topics.Â (This is your que to check out my robust Table of Contents.Â Wink, wink.)
And then I went and got married.Â Then I went galavanting around Ireland with my wife and when I came back I found that I had very little to talk about.
Now, how the average site of this type gets around this is very simple, and surprisingly effective: They start writing crap. They make up a topic or find one on the vast interwebs that we all surf and throw 1500 words underneath it that are about as uninspired as you can get.
And that works.Â People keep reading, and even though they know that the most recent article maybe isn’t so good, they know this person does get inspired and write spectacular articles when they’re ready for them and they keep reading for that.
I hate doing that.Â Mostly because when I sit down and start writing crap, it takes me about two minutes to sit back in my chair, whistle loudly and proclaim: “I need a cup of tea,” followed shortly by “and this is crap.”
I don’t want bum articles on this site that are just place-holders until something good strikes me and I decide to come and write it down, so I stopped writing.
But I didn’t really start again either.Â I got lazy, and I stopped being motivated.Â Even when good ideas struck me and I realized I should hop on here and post about them, I didn’t.Â And for that I sincerely apologize.
I am going to endeavour to post on this site one non-crap article once a week– which I hope you, dear reader, will read and benefit from.Â But, if I don’t have anything that’s not filler I won’t post.