My last political blog, posted at the end of 2016, begins as follows: “This will be my last political post for the foreseeable future”. Well, this post, written two months before the 2018 midterm elections, serves as the “future” point at which I resume my political blogging.
In later posts, I’ll explain why I am resuming. But this post addresses a different question: “Why, if I decided to quit blogging on political topics at the end of 2016, did I stop blogging (almost) entirely?”
If you’re at all familiar with my blog, you would know that beyond politics, I also blog about health (sleep, diet, exercise), sports, raising kids, and sometimes culture (see, e.g., my posts about Chris Cornell’s suicide last year). Surely there were blog-worthy stories on those topics over the last 20 months?
Indeed there were. One burning topic — that I’ve discussed with many — and that I’ll be writing about is “girls and STEM”. My thoughts on this topic arise from a micro-sample of 1 (ie. teaching my daughter math and coding).
So why haven’t I written on those topics?
I think the answer is that I am an exceedingly simple machine with one button that has two states: “on” or “off”. “All I can eat” or “food strike”. “All in” or “AWOL”.
I’m not saying this is a conscious decision. Quite the opposite.
It’s very similar to my diet. Either I eat no junk food whatsoever (my goal each morning), or I overeat it.
If you knew about the Enneagram theory of personality, and knew that I was an 8, you would be able to say that what I just wrote above is nothing but a truism (ie. this mindset is simply the nature of the 8).
Anyway, I’m glad to be back. Hope you will be too.