I am behind on the comments, so if you asked me something there, I’ll get to you, I swear. I’m slashing Nita’s Act Two with a vorpal sword, and talking with Krissie about rake heroes in general and her latest book-in-progress in specific, and talking with my brother about winding up our parents’ estate (my brother is a wonderful, wonderful person, a saint, I’m telling you), and trying to turn my living room into an office, and making sure the dogs get out in the sun, and then there’s dishes and laundry and the sheets need changed and it’s 4PM and I still haven’t had breakfast or lunch.
The days are just PACKED.
In the meantime, I need to clean up this blog, which means I need to simple things up.
Argh Ink was born in July of 2005 because Mollie wanted regular new content for the newly revamped website. I think she suggested I post once a month. I know she told me never to enable comments because that was a time sink. You all know how that went. The last time I checked, the blog has 122,250 comments on 2,706 posts. Argh Ink is a monster.
The problem is that the blog has morphed through time because I never really had a plan for it. Example: There used to be a separate discussion forum called Cherry Forums where we talked a lot about reading and writing. When it came time to shut it down, in order to give the community someplace to go, I started doing Cherry Saturdays in March of 2013 as a comment-about-anything-you-want day. At this point, every day is a comment bout anything you want day, and Cherry Saturday is pretty much unnecessary, taking up blog space for no reason. So Cherry Saturday is now dead. Anybody who wants to argue for it is welcome to do so and I’ll listen, but really, it’s not accomplishing anything. It’s not like you all hesitate to talk about what you want anyway, and since there are no stay-on-topic police because we-don’t-care, I’m good with letting that go.
Krissie, Lani, and I used to have a personal blog (no professional stuff) called ReFab, and one of the things we did was Happiness Sunday, where we talked about what had made us happy that week because otherwise we were dwelling on what had made us miserable. When we shut down ReFab, I moved Happiness Sundays here, and I think we should keep them. It’s really helpful to take one day a week to highlight the good stuff. So unless everybody here thinks the happiness posts are unnecessary, I’ll keep doing that. It’s kind of a pain in the ass to do, but at this point, I could probably just post “So what brought the happy this week?” and you’d all pile on, so any hassle is of my own making.
This is a Good Book Thursday stays. The rest of the blog may collapse around it, but that sucker is permanent.
Working Wednesday I’m ambivalent about. I really like hearing about what you’re working on, and it’s a good place for me to see if I actually did any work that week, but I don’t see it as essential. Still, I’ll keep it unless you all say to let it go. It does tend to keep me honest about working.
So that’s weekly posts on Wed, Thur, and Sunday, and the other days can be anything else or blanks. Except right now we have Lily Mondays and Fridays, but that’s a temporary thing, a playground until we’re out in the world again, so I’m good with that.
That’s part one of the Blog Clean-up. Part Two is getting the old posts out of draft form. You may remember that the blog got hacked and then there were other problems and I took the whole thing back to draft. I’ve been very slowly reposting old posts, but I think what I need to do is just go back to 2005 and start reposting by year. A lot of the posts really aren’t valuable and they smother the ones that are valuable or entertaining or worthwhile in some other way.
I’ll put up a post about each year as I liberate them. There are sixteen years of blog, so that’ll be sixteen posts just to let you know that year is done and probably provide links to any post from back then that I really liked. I’ll try to get a post up for each blog series, too, possibly as a page in a new header topic that I will have to think of, so there’ll be a page for Leverage Posts and a page for Person of Interest Posts, and a page of Cleaning the Office posts, and the Twelve Days of (Fill in the Book Here) posts, all of which should make it easy to find things.
So in summary, the old posts are coming back, Cherry Saturday is dead, Good Book Thursday is forever, and Working Wednesday and Happiness Sunday can stay around unless you don’t care about them. Organization and decluttering, that’s the key. Let go of anything that doesn’t bring me joy while thanking it for its service. (Thank you, Cherry Saturday, you fulfilled your purpose for a long time and now you may go.)
This work for you? Because, let’s face it, at this point it’s as much your blog as mine.