I am taking a break from the blog. I really enjoy it, but there are several factors. It can be time-consuming looking for things to write about and being able to articulate an opinion on them (not that there's any lack of things to write about). I am also getting tired of the comments that I am consistently having to delete. It's a lot of spam and other shit, when what I have always hoped for was a modest audience that would maybe comment intelligently on what I am discussing. But that's probably unrealistic on my part. I heard somewhere, I don't know if it's accurate, but I heard that there are a billion blogs in circulation around the world. I don't know if that factors in people who use sites like Facebook and Twitter to microblog, or if it's just sites like this, but either way, that's a lot of competition over people whose eyeballs you want to be on this site.
I have noticed an uptick in visitors to the site, based on the web counter at the bottom of the page, but I strongly suspect that's mostly due to the spam programs that I mentioned above, rather than any legitimate interest in what I write about. Don't get me wrong, I've always done this for myself. I rather like browsing through this blog now and again, and reading what I wrote on something six months, or a year earlier. It's a lot like a 21st century type of diary, only that it's also accessible to the world. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't have liked a community, however small, to try to visit and debate, or agree, with me about what I write about. But again, there are a lot of these out there, and it can be a real bitch to compel people to spend some of their time at your blog rather than someone else's.
This probably won't be good bye, on a permanent basis. But I am trying to change things in my life to some extent, and trying to avoid things which cause me discomfort. Like the fact that I started this blog envisioning that I'd be writing for other people, and not just myself. Or Facebook and the fucking meaningless drivel that many of its users post. Or searching for a real, meaningful job when the economy is destroyed and no job that you apply to follows up with you, for whatever reason, whether I'm overqualified or not qualified enough. As you could see, I'm not in the best of moods right now. But this blog was always about keepin' it real, and if this is, by chance, my final entry, at least I'm ending it with the same tradition that inspired me to start it in the first place. To quote Dr. Cocteau from the movie "Demolition Man",