I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled programming for a quick anniversary acknowledgment. This blog passed its official ten-year anniversary more than a year ago (the first post was on January 2, 2011), but I assert that today is an even more special day. Exactly ten years ago today, I began my first April A-Z challenge.
Even though that wasn't even my first month-long blog challenge, I still see it as the birth of the true voice of this blog. Prior to that, I had been focused much more narrowly on the two original topics of the blog: old-school D&D and Hermann Hesse's Glass Bead Game. I think I even tried to always "pay the Joesky tax" (does anyone even remember what that means?!) on RPG posts, too. But on April 1, 2012, I began to mentally remove those fetters. That's when things really started to bloom.
To be clear, there's nothing at all wrong with my original topics. I keep pondering & writing about them quite a bit. But I think I really needed the freedom to more completely follow my weird, as they say. (Note this internal blog link is from December 2011, so I think these juices were stewing prior to that fateful day exactly a decade ago.)
In April 2012, and over the next few years, I met quite a few fascinating people, one of which I count as one of the most important people in my life despite having never met in person. I've gone through a lot in the last decade -- a new job, moving across the country, loss of a parent, hitting my 50s -- and this blog & its people have been lifelines at times.
I can't promise a return to super-active blogging over the next decade, but I still value this place and the chance it gives me to, well, be Cygnus!