Resurfacing after six and a half weeks… No, you haven’t missed anything; there have been no private posts. I’ve been reading my friends list (and a few others), so I haven’t been totally absent. I just haven’t bothered to overcome the inertia enough to post anything.
I don’t know what this space is for, anymore. There have been several different topics and genres over the years. Some posts are like personal letters. Others have been essays on environmental or political issues. There have been photos. There have even been poems and attempts at whimsical fiction. I write about my musical career, such as it is, when there’s something to say about it, such as a show to promote.
I don’t have the sense that any of it is terribly compelling for anyone besides me anymore—haven’t had that sense in a year or more. The fellow LJers from a few years ago have either disappeared or cut way back on their blogging, and almost all have left LJ if they are blogging. It’s rare that non-LJers show up here, maybe due to the stigma of LJ these days (that’s the technical term for that old, moldy smell everyone seems to sense when they find out someone is still on LJ). Some say that blogging itself is passé, though there sure are a lot of blogs out there in the world so I kind of doubt it.
Now, if my point with this journal was to find an audience, I’d have to admit I haven’t done a great job of promoting my writing here so that it could find one. There are other LJers I’ve been reading for a decade now who I’ve never friended, and that’s almost sub-basic, isn’t it? I’ve never done any of the things the blog experts say one should do, such as narrow the focus to a particular field or post on a regular schedule. To say nothing of the dreaded search engine optimization. So it’s no surprise that the world has not beat a path to my door. I wouldn’t know what to do with the world if it did, to be honest.
The unthinkable has happened, even: I get more feedback on Facebook when I post little status messages and links than I’ve gotten here in years. I don’t even post there that much, most out of suspicion of the platform, but when I do it actually tends to be rewarding just because there are people there who interact.
So I don’t know. I keep thinking of relaunching my blogging career, with tweaks. Maybe focus only on music, say. Work harder at writing and making it compelling. Or something like that. It wouldn’t necessarily be here, although as long as LJ exists in a useable form it’s still a very good option as far as I’m concerned. But all the action is on Tumblr and WordPress these days, and they can’t be ruled out. I guess I could also go back to doing what I was doing here with the world of random thoughts, once I decide I’m done with my hiatus. I think I’m kind of at ground level, and I pretty much have to start over no matter what I do. The $64-dollar question is, what do I want to do?