Best Laid Plans

In an attempt to actually get a proper re-launch going with actual content I’ve decided to bring back an old feature: 1434 Fridays.  We’ll be spending our Fridays reveling in the ridiculous notions of one Gavin Menzies, who actually believes that the Chinese kicked off the Renaissance by sailing a massive fleet to Italy and giving the Europeans all the knowledge.  Then everyone decided to cover it all up for about six hundred years.

Why am I bringing this one back?  Well, for one thing, it’s fun.  For another, I enjoy offering a bare minimum of historical content on this here blog, what with it being called “Accidental Historian” and all.

I’m planning on making Liveblogging seaQuest a Monday staple.  Those two plans, along with Second Chances Wednesday, means I’ll have content covered three days a week.  It’s a lot of somewhat low effort, high reward stuff that offers a certain level of variety.

I’m in forced career change mode at the moment.  Since the option of continuing on with my path of paying the bills while gradually self-destructing and pretending I didn’t actually want to do all the things that I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid because I was scared of failing suddenly disappeared that means one of the component of said career change is simple.  I want to convince someone to pay me to write.  I need, then, to have the time and attention to write things that aren’t intended for the blog.  I also need to maintain the blog in the process, too.  I also need a day job for the forseeable future.

This requires some juggling.

I’ll also be expanding content in other directions.  I have a Twitter account that I’ll be doing something with fairly soon (@A_Historian81, if anyone cares).[1]  Maybe.  I’ll probably need a Facebook page, too.  I’m also seriously considering re-starting the Hitler Alternatives Tumblr, since that was hilarious (to me, at least).

Meanwhile, if anyone needs me I’ll be trying to figure out where to go to get people to give me money in exchange for words.

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[1]True story: I WAS @geds81 on the Tweety, but then got locked out because I guess I didn’t sign in for a long time or something.  I kept trying to unlock the account and never got the email that was supposed to do the work.  The same thing happened to my original Ticketmaster account.

My new account currently follows exactly one account: @SCGPairings.  I set up a new account specifically so that I could get the pairings at SCG Open Milwaukee.  I figured I should plan to use it for something else eventually, though, so @A_Historian was born…but someone already had it, so I went with @A_Historian81.

Slightly Worse than January

Good gravy, man. February.

So now I remember why I stopped blogging. Turns out that I have a whole bunch of, y’know, life to live. That was why I planned on pulling entries from past iterations in order to fill in. Turns out, though, that I didn’t really set that up properly. Why? Because this:

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I migrated most of my laptop functions from my venerable old beast of a laptop, named, appropriately, The Beast, which is the big mofo on the left, to Ludwig, the smaller one on the right, back in December. I never got around to actually transferring my old blog entries to the new machine. I have fixed that. So I might actually do things now. Who knows? I sure as hell don’t.

Either way, expect something to start happening around here again. Or don’t. I’m kinda working on a project that has nothing to do with this blog at the moment and it’s taking up a bunch of time.  Who knew that life could be like that?

But, hey, my third entry on counter-apologetics is up at Unreasonable Faith. It’s been there since Monday. Also, it’s Wednesday. When did that happen?

Takin’ Care of Business

So here we are.  New year, new address in the swanky digs of the nice part of town.  What does that mean for you, my dear reader?  I don’t know, really.  I do have a few ideas, though.

First, I won’t be doing as much of the personal stuff as I used to do.  That’s not to say I won’t ever, but my levels of navel gazing are lower than ever in an absolute sense and my hiatus from writing cured me of my urge to think of every fucking insight I ever had as being worth a three-page essay.  That’s a good thing.

Second, I’m not going to even attempt to make sure my voice gets heard in whatever the internet’s outrage of the day is.  I’ve never been ahead of the curve enough to do that and then I always end up deciding to write about it three days after, which means everyone moved on two days before the post went up.  So…I’ve decided I don’t care anymore.  If there’s something worth writing about it will be worth writing about two weeks from now, too.  If you want daily internet outrage there are plenty of places you can go.

Third, although I have made a conscious decision not to import my previous blogs it would be foolish of me to avoid acknowledging that I do have eight years of blogging to fall back on and some of what I wrote is actually pretty good.  So from time to time I will run a greatest hits post or something.  That will help me, too, since it will give me content without having to actually work, which will be good for avoiding burnout.  Think of it as a rerun for you and a mental health stretch for me.  There will also probably be a bunch of rerun posts over the next couple months, for reasons that I’ll shortly make clear.  Please bear with me.  I’ll try not to abuse the privilege.

Fourth, I will attempt to actually bring some sort of order and closure to several of my ongoing history series.  The three I’m specifically targeting are the Marxism in the 20th Century (which will be renamed, since the current name sucks) one, Byzantine Logic, Breaking the Master Narrative, and my fun and games at Gavin Menzies’ expense.  I’m going to do them differently this time, though.  I’ll take one topic and keep going with it until the end.  In the past I tried to have four hefty things going concurrently and never finished any of them.  That’s a recipe for never finishing anything, as amply proven by, well, the entire history of this blog.  This isn’t to say that if you don’t want to read Byzantine Logic and I hit that one you might as well not come back for a month.  I do plan on having other stuff interspersed.  For one thing, I kinda like the idea of 1434 Fridays, since picking on Menzies can be a weekly joy.

Fifth, there will be more fiction popping up on the blog.  For one thing, I kinda dropped Distant, Dreadful Star in the middle.  I feel bad about that.  I also have another project that I’m working on.  So I might have a Fiction Monday or Fiction Wednesday thing.

Sixth, I’m going some light guest blogging to start out the year.  I’m doing a series over at Unreasonable Faith.  I’ll link to those posts when they hit.  I’m super excited about that.

Seventh, all of this is overridden by the simple fact that this is my blog.  So I’ll probably cut in from time to time with stuff based on whatever is on my mind.  So you might find posts about music, pictures of my dog, or super random posts about Magic: the Gathering because those things interest me.  Eat it.

Now, then, to the blog business.

WordPress is way more involved than Typepad or Blogger were.  I’m getting the hang of it, but you’ll probably see changes from time to time and I’ll probably break stuff every once in a while.

Also, it looks like the default setting requires me to moderate the first comment made by any user name.  I think I’ll be keeping that setting, since it’s almost inevitable that Dennis Markuze will show up eventually.  So for any of my regulars who start trickling back in and want to say hello but get caught in moderation, bear with me.  I’ll try to approve anyone I recognize as quickly as possible (hi, Firedrake and sbh!).

Again, though, weird stuff will undoubtedly happen from time to time.  Sorry.

EDIT:  And I mentioned having three series I wanted to finish, then listed four.  I’m the anti-Rick Perry!