After a year of procrastination, I have finally gotten around to creating a WordPress. It’s the free version, but it at least brings me into standardization with 90% of the other blogs in this sphere. The bare bones of this have been in the works for a while. I was hesitant due to my unfamiliarity with the format. It is not as user-friendly as Blogspot, but in retrospect I think Blogspot limited me in ways that WordPress may not, and there is always an opportunity to learn.
The Blogspot blog will remain online for the forseeable future, mostly because I don’t want to kill off external links, but no new content will be posted there. As you can see, all of the posts from my blog’s previous iteration have carried over, however the move probably hasn’t come at no cost to internal link coherence, so hopefully I can fix that given time.
At the time of this post, the number of visits to the blog since its inception were just under 350,000. In addition to this of course, my blog was the on-ramp for the launch of my Twitter account and Youtube channel. I have almost hit 1000 followers on Twitter, and the next subscriber mile-marker on Youtube will be 750. In addition, there is the respectable collection of outlets that have been kind enough to publish my work over the years. Overall, I am happy with what I achieved from 2014 to 2017.
So, now we reach the explanation for the second half of the title. I have been considering the discontinuation of the blog (ironic after just having moved all my content to a more permanent location). The reason for this is that while traffic didn’t dramatically drop off in the last couple of months, engagement with the work did. If what I am writing is no longer making people think, but is instead leaving them indifferent, then I’ve lost my touch as a writer and this whole thing becomes rather fruitless. Continuing to give it the attention that I do would be unwise if it isn’t aiding the understanding of others. It is perhaps the case that the old format was suffocating me, and the move to WordPress will kickstart things again, or maybe this prospective move is a reflection of other struggles happening in my personal life. I’ll get a feel for if that is the case after a few essays I suppose, but should present trends continue then my time as a Reactosphere blogger is probably nearing its end.
I wanted to make readers aware of this so that if the blog should close in the next month or two, it does not come as something totally unexpected, but also to give people a chance to let me know if I should in fact continue or not, if my work has remained interesting or become stale. I value your feedback.