High Stakes and Long-Winded Takes

My blog posts are lengthy. I am in the habit of choosing broad subjects with a great deal of nuance to consider. As pretty much everyone I’ve ever met has told me, “You bite off more than you can chew.”

This has led in recent years to inconsistent blog posts. I will sometimes miss an entire month before posting every day for a week. I’m not setting and meeting expectations for myself or for my readers.

It’s not 2012 anymore. Our attention spans are shorter and it’s a miracle anyone can sit through a 1,500-word piece these days. I rarely can, as much as I’d like to reassure myself that I’m well-informed on the times.

In my last post, I talked about how it feels extremely urgent that I write with care about intense topics. My anger about inequality and injustice fuels me. But I am learning that I am not in control of everything. My perspective is not the determining factor on how things are in the world. I can rest and I can take smaller bites.

So I’m going to try something different. As often as possible (we’ll see how that looks), I’m going to write short posts here on the blog. I’ll still work on longer essays, but those take a lot of time and effort to construct, so they’ll be peppered in here and there.

From now on, subscribing to my blog means getting my posts in your email inbox that, hopefully, won’t lose your attention by sheer size.

Thank you for giving me some of your attention in this little corner of internet.