According to WordPress, I’ve been blogging for 12 years this week. Time flies. Back in 2010 I’d never have guessed where the blogging path might lead.
And where has that path gone? First and foremost, I’ve made some great blogging friends – people who’ve been in regular contact with me, both via the blog, via Facebook and by email, in some cases for much of that time. I value this very greatly.
That experience also underscores the future that Arthur C. Clarke predicted in 1963 when he declared that free communication around the world – which to him involved a device in every home – would revolutionise how humanity connected. He was, I believe, the only one of his generation to see the early 21st century as bringing us something other than mega-skyscrapers, flying cars and Moon colonies.
In that same time I’ve written 2,275 posts. I’ve also written, outside blogging, innumerable book reviews, feature articles and books. I can’t be bothered counting – the list is on my website. It’s the only official bibliography of my material. I’ve got to update it with 8 articles written for a lifestyle magazine, but it’s otherwise complete. Don’t believe what you see on Google or Goodreads, both of whom have mixed me up with other authors of the same name.
Where next? In that dozen years I’ve also gone full-time writing, which has involved an immense amount of effort, and social media has occasionally had to fall by the wayside. But I do intend keeping this blog going.
How long I an keep blogging for, of course, is moot. When I started this blog, the world was just emerging from a near-brush with a second great depression – dubbed the ‘General Financial Crisis’. It came about because of the way the neo-liberal revolution that began in the late 1970s had freed up financial markets, which then ran rampant. And it wasn’t properly fixed; governments merely purchased their way back to prosperity and didn’t change the system. Today it’s ripe and ready for a collapse that will make the Great Depression of the 1930s look like a kiddie adventure.
On top of that, today we have a pandemic that has been raging for two full years, mobs that have tried to occupy Parliamentary grounds in some of the world’s top democracies – including New Zealand’s – and now the first serious territorial war in Europe since 1945, this time backed with a nuclear threat. Social media has become an all-encompassing underpinning to daily life for a vast number of people, bringing with it a new wave of weird and wonderful ‘conspiracy’ theories and odd beliefs which, to a large extent, are what has driven the civil unrest of late. Plus we are suffering the very obvious effects of climate change which, in this initial phase, is more like climate chaos.
All this adds up to a multi-pronged crisis that starts to make the twenty-first century also look like humanity’s final century. Our species cannot carry on down this path for long, and the end of our civilisation cannot be far off if something is not done, very, very quickly, to fix it. The spectre of catastrophic financial collapse, widespread war and unruly mobs outside Parliamentary doors is not something that can be ignored.
So yeah, I do intend keeping on blogging as long as possible. But who knows what the next dozen years will bring? Stay safe, my friends, and here’s to some positive connections between people around the world – together, as humanity, working to improve life for all.
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