by Arlen Parsa
I started this blog to post my thoughts about news and politics in December 2005, about five years ago. Back then, I was in my first semester in college and almost everything I blogged about was politics-centric.
I graduated from college a year and a half ago and now work full time at a nonprofit documentary organization here in Chicago (documentary film was what I majored in at college). Since my graduation, I’ve had little time to blog about politics, and posting has been limited to brief comments about weekly (or less frequently). Even though this blog is 100% mine, I haven’t felt really free to diverge from politics. I’ve felt an obligation to keep this site going and although I still care about politics and follow it fairly closely, I don’t have the time or energy to devote to keeping up a blog purely focused on it.
So, some 7,798 posts into this grand experiment, after putting together posts that get hundreds of thousands of hits, raising a little hell among Republican senatorial campaigns (and in the corporate world!), breaking a little news, and having my writing referenced in places like the Dilbert comic strip, I want to shift things in this space a bit. I’ll still write about politics when I have something to say (that isn’t just repeating what other people have to say or linking to other people’s analysis), but I’m going to blog more and more about personal stuff as well. For instance, cool documentary stuff I’m working on at Groundswell, my opinions on the latest in technology, or interesting stuff I’ve been up to lately.
What will this change mean for people who read this blog? Hopefully it’ll mean more regular posting on my part, for one. And secondly it’ll mean that I’ll be posting on a much broader range of topics with more unique stuff to say. Maybe you’ll find it interesting and maybe not.
If you’re interested, dear reader, that’s fine. And if you’re not interested, that’s fine too. At last check this morning, I had about 200 people who subscribe to my RSS feed. This is kind of neat, but I suspect many of them may unsubscribe when they read this and find out that I’m not going to be blogging purely about politics anymore, and that’s fine.
I’ll probably also redesign this blog’s theme when I have the time to reflect this change in direction. So, stick around if you like, and don’t if you don’t want to. I won’t complain either way– it’s just time for me to make this space my own again.