As many friends have reminded me, I haven’t blogged for a while.
Here’s a refresher on what I wrote a while back about why I blog.
And here are a few reasons why I haven’t been blogging for a while:
I had to prepare my apartment for a parental visit. ‘nuff said.
I visited Seattle, Ottawa, and Toronto… which involved preparing presentations, doing my first-ever TV interview, filing expense reports, escalating/acting upon tons of awesome webmaster feedback, recovering from staying in a tiny room above a Mexican restaurant (which cost nearly $150 a night!), helping a friend break up, and beforehand personally booking plane rides, train rides, hotel rooms, and more. Trips are a lot of work, especially those that combine business and pleasure.
I spent time recovering from having many bits of glass fly into my head. This was associated with an accident involving me, my parents, my new car, and a very, very stupid and/or suicidal skateboarder who ignored a stop sign at a busy intersection and collided at high velocity with my slowly-moving vehicle. While my parents and I are thankfully all healed up, I’m still dealing with financial and legal ramifications… and my car is still in the shop. Upside: I’ve been getting lots more exercise from walking and jogging and have lost two pounds of fat :-D.
Practicing and performing
I recently performed on stage at the huge Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. What a scary and exhilarating experience!!! I hope to have a recording that I can post here in the near future.
And yet more travel-planning
I’m planning trips in the remainder of this year to Dublin, Seville, Louisville, Los Angeles, Chicago or Las Vegas, Viernheim, Mannheim, and Caracas. I’m excited but stressed about this, as you can imagine.
I’m heading up two major events at Google, taking on new responsibilities, attending Search Engine Strategies San Jose in August, and much more.
Though this has been temporarily put on hold while I’m carless, I have been scouting out a new place to call my own closer to the Googleplex to eliminate the generally-comfy-but-time-consuming daily commute from San Francisco to Mountain View.
Facebook has both taken time away from my blogging and has dried up much of my drive to blog. With Facebook, I’ve been able to share what’s going on in my life with friends, highlight interesting articles, ask questions and get answers, show off music and photos, and learn what’s going on in my communities, in my friends’ lives, and so on. Still, though, Facebook isn’t (yet) a complete replacement for self-hosted blogging as I see it, so don’t count on me shuttering BLADAM just yet :-D.
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I always have tons of stuff I want to share… continually have blog drafts bouncing around in my noggin. But now you understand why those have remained mental drafts for the last months.
So… no promises that I’ll blog more often—sorry. But be assured that I’m not just belching in front of the T.V. 😀