On Saturday, January 4, 2014, I published my 100th review here. As I have mentioned more than once, during the time leading up to and immediately following that auspicious occasion, I have been giving some serious thought to the future of this blog.
On the one hand, I truly love jazz, and I love writing about it and sharing with you jazz albums that I have found particularly enjoyable.
On the other hand, I also have more than a passing fancy for writing fiction, as well as other non-fiction that has nothing to do with music.
As a working stiff chained down to (and, in this economy, damn lucky to have) a 40-hour-per-week job with a commute that has in the last few years become 23 miles one way, finding the time to squeeze in all my different “wants” has been daunting.
Compounding the situation is the fact that I am also:
On the homeowners’ association board of directors for the condominiums I live in.
The condo’s webmaster.
Co-block captain of our neighborhood watch group.
A member of the City of Wood Village planning commission/design review board.
Owner and webmaster of a web site about Commodore 64 computers and ancient online services at www.qlinklives.org. I am woefully far behind on rebuilding said web site, mostly due to lack of time.
While none of these commitments comes close to equaling the time I devote to my day job, taken as a whole they do at times leave me feeling… a bit stretched.
To un-stretch myself, I have decided to at least temporarily cut back on the number of reviews I post here. I’ve hit on a pretty simple process that will work for me and, I hope, still hold the attention of most of you who visit here.
Beginning January 18, I will post a new review here every other Saturday instead of weekly. That means that this coming Saturday, January 11, there will be no review.
Like I said, simple.
A few months down the road I’ll take another look at things and decide whether I have made productive use of the Saturdays away from here.
If I have, then I’ll continue on with the every other Saturday schedule. If I have not, if I find for example that I have sat on my butt and played Quake III: Arena all day instead of writing, well, at that point I will have to give serious consideration to returning to doing weekly reviews.
“A few months down the road” is pretty vague. Let’s say the decision day will be the Saturday during Memorial Day weekend,
April 26 May 24. [Yes, I really do know how to read a calendar. Sometimes.]
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My old radio program, “Saturday Night Jazz,” was a labor of love for me. That is literally true, since it was a volunteer gig. In its absence, writing this blog every Saturday has helped fill the void in my life that developed after I left the radio station. And I can’t tell you how happy it makes me feel when I see the number of people who read these little weekly exercises growing larger, for the most part, with every passing week.
Thank you for reading this.
Wood Village, Oregon
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