Last year I wrote what I called a State of the Blog Address quite close to the anniversary of my first post on April 11th, 2008. This year, as you will see if you check today’s date very closely, I am a little late to mark the anniversary, and this is mostly because I forgot about it until now, and I would not likely have remembered it at all had Dave Humphrey not emailed to tell me that he has extended our vocamus.net domain for another three years and to remark that I will now need to keep blogging at least that much longer.
This gave me pause for thought. I had told myself when I started writing this blog that I would commit to it for at least a year, and I publicly committed myself to a second year in my first State of the Blog Address, but I had never looked any further ahead than a year at a time, and the idea that I might be writing in this way for three more years was, I admit, a little daunting.
This is not to say that I am less interested now in writing through this form. I still find it a very useful medium for me, allowing me to formulate ideas in the limited time that my life as a father and a husband and a teacher and a gardener and a cook permits me, and allowing me to share these ideas with the people who are important to me. For these and other reasons I have every intention of continuing to write through this blog for at least the next year or so, though what I write through it will likely change as much during that time as it has changed over the past year or more. Even so, the idea of comitting to three years of writing in any particular form is perhaps a little more than I am willing to entertain. It is certainly possible that I will still be writing a blog in ten years. It is also possible that my life or the world or both will have changed so much even in the next year that I will need a very different form to accommodate what I would like to write.
So, the domain has been renewed for three more years, but I will commit to nothing more than to be here to write a State of the Blog Address next year, which will have to be enough for all of you, since it is more than enough for me.