Back in January, I wrote about working to resolve problems on the back end of the site. Old Posts Stir Old Feelings. The conversation on the post is pretty interesting but that aside, I am still working on this project.
To appreciate the scope of this, look at this graphic – Blocked Resources. When I started working on this project, I had more than three-thousand problems. I now have nine.
That’s a bit misleading. In reality, I still have about three hundred posts to either fix or delete. This is so painful in places, I limit myself to messing with fewer than ten a day. I just can’t risk becoming overwhelmed. I guess this is about, Saturn in Capricorn. I am pacing myself.
The emotional impact of this has been heavy, for the most part. But from another angle, I just can’t believe all the work I’ve done. I have been writing, pretty much daily, for almost twenty years. My kid who feared the Tooth Fairy would reject him recently took his girlfriend to the ballet (Romeo and Juliet) for Valentine’s day.
I think about all the crap I’ve been through with this blog as well as the joy it’s brought me and everything I’ve learned along the way. This has been a private process but there have been a couple of threads in the forum while I have been on this; that seemed to relate.
This was the first: What Draws You To ElsaElsa? The comments in that thread are really nice and came at a time when I needed some positive reinforcement. THANK YOU.
A couple days ago, nutsy, started this thread: Retrospective Of ElsaElsa
This discussion also came at a good time. I miss a lot of the people mentioned in that thread, too! When someone disappears from this site, I am often blamed for it. In some cases, this might be true but generally speaking, it’s not.
The fact is, I have been at this for nearly twenty years. Most people don’t stick with a thing for that amount of time. This is true of a restaurant they might like or a friendship they have or even a marriage. People move on or they come and go and come back or whatever. As is mentioned in the thread… some people do actually, die.
As for the forum, it is less lively than it was some years ago but PEOPLE can change that any time they want. All they have to do is get involved. The space and the framework is there. Scroll to the bottom of the forum page and you can see how many people are viewing the forum and even what it is they are viewing. So the traffic is there.
Some years ago, I wrote in the forum that eventually the community would have to maintain it. The forum is there for YOU, the user. You can ask questions, answer them, discuss things or whatever. My point back then was that I was becoming spread too thin. I have the blog, the newsletter and the back-end of the site to maintain. I also work with clients… this is how I make the money to pay the bills here as well as help support my family. I’m sure it’s easy to see how I would hit a wall around what it’s humanly possible for me to do.
So I invite you to participate here. It is a great place and I think this become more and more evident as the shadow side of what is now called, “Big Tech”, becomes more obvious. I mean, you’re anonymous here. It’s pretty sweet.
Thanks everyone, for your support over the years. I really appreciate it as does Satori!