“Apocalypse is a frame of mind… A belief. A surrender to inevitability. It is a despair for the future. It is the death of hope.”
~Jim Butcher, Death Masks
I’ve maintained this space for well over 6 years. It’s been through several changes and upgrades. Dry spells. Indirection. And, once in a while, periods of dynamic conversation and content. I’ve enjoyed keeping this blog immensely. And I have no intention of killing it. I want to help it grow and thrive. I hope to continue reaping the benefits (such as they are) that doing so provides.
But the inevitable reality is that at some point, it will die. In order to put that off, I need to create meaningful, interesting content. Otherwise, its death would be a merciful relief. To both of us.
I’d like to avoid that apocalypse. But I’ll need your help.
I need to know what you want.
I’m borrowing from Dave in asking for this. And really, this sort of looking back is becoming an annual tradition. Dave always asks the good questions. The compelling questions. And so, encouraged by his results, I’m shamelessly imitating him (again) here. That is, I want to know your thoughts on my future. Or rather, the future of this blog. I have ideas of my own, but I’ve heard enough of them.
I want to know what you enjoy most about this space.
Why are you here?
What do you want to see more of?
Over the last 6 years I hope I’ve gained your trust. And maybe even your loyalty. I’d hate to squander that by cascading into content that is uninteresting, or manipulative. Those of you that know me well, know that I love to talk about policy and politics. Especially the first principles of human rights—life, liberty, property. I’m fascinated by the philosophical, moral, and ethical dilemmas that human interaction causes, and the solutions it uncovers. And while I’ve dabbled among those topics here, and mostly in an outdoor context, I really don’t feel like I have your permission to go much further. And so, perhaps I’ll avoid taking this space too far down that road?
Nevertheless, I do want to expand into topics beyond race and trip reports, gear reviews, and training diaries. Exactly what that entails? I don’t know.
That’s where you come in.
And don’t worry. I have thick skin. I want you to be honest in your feedback. I have lofty ambitions for my writing, and so, I don’t need to be coddled or dandled. I’ll benefit from your honesty.
Leave a comment below, and let me know what you think.
Oh, right. The token photo: