A milestone today: this is our 1,400th post since the blog commenced in December 2012. That’s a total of something approaching a million words; some of them foolish ones, no doubt, but including, it seems to me, a lot of valuable discussion on world politics and related matters.
Coincidentally it comes just as Melbourne emerges from more than two months of Covid-induced lockdown. So it’s a good time to take stock and think about all of our plans for the future.
I’m interested in broadening the range of the blog, at least in some respects; I’ve been doing a bit more philosophical work recently, and it’d be good to share some of that. I’d also like to vary the length and tone of posts more, rather than have each post gravitate towards a standard op-ed length – as they generally seem to do despite my best intentions.
I realise that (as with most things) there’s a trade-off between quality and quantity. Without planning any major changes, I feel that maybe it’s erred recently on the side of striving for a polished product, taking up time that could better be spend in casting the net wider. And freeing up time for me to pursue other projects will in turn (I hope) feed new and interesting content back into the blog.
You the reader, of course, may see things differently, in which case please let me know. What are you particularly happy or unhappy with in what we’ve been doing lately? What would you like to see more or less of, whether as to style or subject matter? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the whole enterprise. And if you have friends or contacts that you think would be interested in the sort of things we talk about, don’t hesitate to point them in this direction.
The end of lockdown and the spread of vaccination also raises the possibility of travel in the not-so-distant future, so look forward to some on the spot reporting before long. There’s much that is ominous and disturbing about today’s world, but there are wonderful things happening as well, and the opportunity to get out and see more of them can only be good for all of us.
Above all, best wishes to everyone and thank you for coming along this far!