Thursday, August 24, 2017

State of the Blog 2017

Music is a central focus of my life.  I am a music teacher, now entering my 16th year in public education, mostly vocal but with increasing instrumental responsibilities.  Our 13-year-old daughter is also an active musician, playing three instruments: clarinet, bass clarinet and piano.  A same-age comparison with me is, in fact, a joke very much in her favor.  A healthy portion of our family entertainment budget is devoted to symphony concerts.  I'm all in on music and have been for most of my life.

However, I have generally avoided music as a blogging topic for The Armchair Squid.  I believe strongly in a compartmentalized life (apparently a typical Gen X trait).  As music takes up so much of my professional, family and personal time, it's nice to write about other things as a diversion.  I include musical details from time to time but the main subjects of my posts have been other topics. 

One of the most gratifying blogging projects I've ever completed, though, was 30 Songs in 30 Days with Mock back in the summer of 2011 (read here).  I still go back and read those posts from time to time.  Knowledge, devotion and sincerity all certainly contribute to quality of material, if I do say so.  As such, I think it's time to take a chance and make music a more prominent part of my blog.

I have a few more weeks with The Clone Wars, after which there will be a few changes to the posting schedule.  The family adventure posts will move to Tuesdays and music posts will begin on Fridays, except, of course, the last Friday of the month which is still dedicated to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse.  I'll continue to review other books as I finish them, too.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by, reading and sharing your thoughts.  If you're having half as much fun as I am, we're all doing great.  Let's have a great year, folks!

16 comments:

  1. Happy belated 8th anniversary, Armchair Squid!

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  2. Happy belated!

    I, too, enjoyed that blogging project!

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  3. Happy blog anniversary. I understand not spending time writing about what you do the rest of the time. I don't write often here about my work and academic pursuits (theology and history). Look forward to another good year (In December, my blog will be 13 years old... I can't believe it)

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  4. Change is good. I shake up my blog every so often. Of course, the biggest shake up to mine was the decision to start doing politics on it last year.

    I may have to go back and look through your song posts.

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  5. Happy blogiversary! I look forward to your music posts.

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  6. Sounds like a fun switch. Please do continue the mixology posts, however. They're yummy.
    V :)

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    1. Oh, I will. It took me a while to find my groove with the food posts but the cocktails have been gratifying.

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  7. Happy Belated Blog Anniversary! I adore music; have no talent for it, but I love it. I look forward to your musical posts.

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  8. Happy blogiversary! Nothing wrong with shaking things up a bit. I started my blog to talk about D&D (among other things), but that's pretty much been sidelined for the past few years. Things change. Let me join the chorus to say I'm looking forward to hearing more of your musical thoughts!

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    1. Mine started with tennis. There's been much meandering indeed.

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