The future of the blog

I think we have a new winner for “most pretentious post title,” but hey, at least it’s pretentious and accurate.

I’ve been writing this blog for going on eight and a half years. I’ve hardly been consistent about it, but for a scatter-brain like me, eight and a half years is a long time to keep up with anything.

I wanted to write this post to appreciate the people who’ve dropped by. For a tiny blog like this, the comments and interaction always meant a lot to me. I’ve always believed a person should be grateful when another person spends any amount of time on something they’ve written. My readers and commenters could’ve been doing something else with their time, but they decided to spend it on Sublime Curiosity, and I appreciate that.

So what’s the future of the blog, then? I don’t know. Hell, I don’t even know what the past of the blog is. Reading through the archive of posts, I obviously wasn’t ever sure what I wanted it to be. It’s a scattered mess with a lot of parts that didn’t really fit together. Some of them are good. Some are unoriginal. Some are stupid. Some are just fluff.

I will say, though, that the most fun I had writing this blog was running through slightly- to entirely-absurd hypothetical scenarios. This blog was obviously heavily inspired by XKCD’s What If? I think that was the direction I wanted to go in: having fun with numbers and equations and physics and hypotheticals. After all, the subtitle is “a zoo for thought experiments.” But at the same time, I didn’t want to be derivative. I wanted to write good and original content. I wanted the blog to be better and more coherent than it turned out to be. My posts were always going to be silly, because I was the one writing them. But silly is different than fluff or rambling. It might be hard to believe, but I do fear committing the writer’s cardinal sin: making the reader feel like their time was wasted.

I’m not saying that Sublime Curiosity is finished. In fact, I hope it’s not. And if I stumble across an idea I want to explore, I may well be back. But this silly little blog has been weighing on my mind lately, like any other project that doesn’t get enough attention. And, if it does turn out that I never post again, I wanted to say out loud that I’ve enjoyed my time with the blog, and that I appreciate every person who’s spent time with it. And I appreciate the people who took the time to chime in with thoughts of their own.