Goodnight and Good Luck
I wanted to write a different post tonight, but what I want to write isn’t what I need to write. I’m sitting here in my reading chair, watching Star Wars (I’m as surprised as anyone by this fact), working on my new website. Yes, friends, I purchased a domain and am putting together a website.
I started this blog over five years ago with the aim to write about living the expat life in Korea. My hope then was that it would be somewhat interesting to others living there and that maybe some of my experiences would help others along the way. To that end, I would say the blog was only modestly successful, if even that.
As time moved me on, the blog became something different, more of a personal diary than anything else. I’ve carried it with me through the big overseas move, settling my folks’ estate, three babies, and going through a bitter, ugly divorce. I have used it as a vent and, in my own estimation, a bit of a psychological crutch, which was what I needed at that time in my life. That time, fortunately, is coming to a close, and it is time to move on to other endeavors.
I went up to Chicago a couple of weeks ago to see Tokyo Dave, who was home for family events, and also to see some other old friends of mine. I reconnected with people I love, made some new friends, and got a clearer picture of what I want for myself.
I do not want to stay in Jacksonville. I can content myself here for a time because I have to, but I’m a city person, and I do better among city people. For the first time since I can remember, I met people that truly, sincerely liked me and wanted to get to know me better, that want me to call when I get back to town. I ate good food, saw wonderful art, and had conversations that made me think. I stayed in a “grown-up” apartment.
These are all things that I want to be a part of my life again. I want to do something with my life that makes me think. I want to live in a grown-up space. I want to be somewhere that I have real friends with the potential to make more. I want to be somewhere that I can actually go on a date with the reasonable expectation that we would find each other mutually tolerable if not downright enjoyable.
I can’t stay where I am now.
To that end, I am shutting down this blog. I will be leaving it active for a bit longer just so that I can cull out some of the writing that I want to keep for my own files, but I don’t see any point in keeping it active. It no longer serves its original purpose. Korea is over. It also no longer serves me personally in any meaningful way. Much in the way that I have been cleaning out the house and getting rid of the things that are no longer necessary, it is also time to get rid of the activities and projects that are just taking up space.
In place of the personal blog, I am in the process of building a website devoted entirely to anarcho-capitalist thought. I will still be writing, but it will be at scheduled intervals. I also hope, in the not-too-distant future, to run a podcast alongside it, but I need to get the website tweaked and get some writing done for it first. I am really excited about this project and everything tangentially related to it.
Of course, there will still be some personal flavor to the new site, but my aim is to keep my personal life and my “political” life mostly separate. I’m taking a cue from the millennial love of self-branding, I suppose. I think this is a positive thing, and I’m ready to keep myself more or less to myself. I have friends that are happy to hear me rant and vent about the ridiculousness of my daily existence.
To those out there that still read occasionally, I would like to say thank you for sticking with me, and I hope that at least a few of you will check out the new site. I will include the link below. It will take you to a subscription landing page, as the website isn’t fully built yet and isn’t ready for public consumption. I’m hoping it will be ready in a couple more weeks or so, but that depends largely on how good or bad a website builder I prove to be.
It is nearly midnight, so this is where I pause to tell you all goodnight. And good luck.
Peace, love, and anarchy.