My only post of 2023

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It has occured to me that I have done almost nothing with my website in over a year. I'd like to say it's because I've been staying away from the internet, from computers. I'd even like to say it was simple lack of interest. But no. No, not really. There my be some aspect of those in my lack of activity, but it really comes down to laziness and distraction. As much as I'd like to be a based innawoods luddite, I'm a just as much a slave to technology as anyone. While I no longer use the likes of Twitter (now "X", I suppose), Facebook, or Discord (was there ever a more fitting name for a technology?), I'm still stuck online. YouTube and Amazon (as well as many other online retail platforms) are my new Skinner Box, and I hate it. There's always just one more video, just one more little thing I need (NEED!).

But the new year is soon at hand, and while there's really no good reason not to better yourself at any other point in the year, the new year offfers us an opportunity to reflect on who we've been and think about who we want to be. This, I think, is one of the few remaining good tradtions of modern culture: the New Year's Resolution. This is the only time when one might see a genuine effort at repentance, even if it isn't repentance in the fullest sense.

I'll be honest, I don't really have much to write about here. I simply thought it would be a little bit tragic to leave an entire year without making a single post. Maybe I'll be more active in the coming year. I'd like to be. I've been working on some entertaining personal projects in the last few months, and I have been ruminating about a possible career shift. Both of which I think would make for prime "content", though I'm rather disgusted at that idea. And having said that, why should I post anything or have a site at all? I don't know. Maybe I'm just so addicted to the internet that I can't imagine living without an online presence of some sort. Maybe it's just fun. Maybe it's an effort, and experiment, to see if I can be online in a way way that isn't poisoned by memes, irony, and cynicism. I really just don't know. I hope you've enjoyed my self-indulgent, incoherent, introspective blabbler. It will happen again. When, I don't know.

By Michael


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