An Unfortunate Pattern Returns

Monday, December 10, 2012

If one is gifted with the sense of deep introspection (although some might classify it as a neurosis), you sometimes get to be our own worst critic and I am taking this opportunity to introduce mine.  Due to a "perfect storm" of issues (a change in my work schedule and prolonged proposal writing at the office, the end of my current school term, and a lingering bout of some hearty strain of seasonal "crud" my body just cannot seem to shake), I have not been posting here with the frequency that I hoped I would be this far along into my journalism "journey".  I had a similar bout of this around the same time last year although that was mostly attributed to a death in the family and a sudden out-of-town trip for the funeral.  Since my job requires my primary focus (and energy), schoolwork and blogging have suffered for the duration.  I am supposed to go back to my normal schedule next week and should be able to reestablish my writing routine at that time (the semester ended on the 7th but I have until the 17th to turn in our last online assignment).

I do have some items that have been sitting on the "back burner" during this break and I hope to get them up here by the end of the year.  Those include a resumption of my morning news reviews, a critique of my recently completed journalism ethics class, a combined 'BTS' on the two Obama campaign events I covered, and--as always--my take on recent happenings over at The Dayton Daily News.  I will take this opportunity to apologize to any of my "die-hard" fans out there who might have been waiting for new content during this "hiatus".

I am hoping that this resumption will help me get back to my previous blogging pace and prepare me for what lies ahead in 2013.  Laozi, the Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism, is credited with the phrase "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and this post constitutes that action for me.  This might come across as hubristic or vane but I secretly hope that my words, like his were now, might be quoted by someone 2,500 years in the future; however, the only way that can only happen is if I start writing again.  Talk about setting an unrealistic goal for yourself!

Statue of Lao Tzu (Laozi) in Quanzhou (photo courtesy of Tom@HK)

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