It’s hard to come up with ideas

In the past few weeks, my blog writing has really suffered.  I’ve struggled to come up with three posts a week, which has been my goal.  I’ve had a few ideas, but by the time I sit down to write them, they’re either stale or I’ve decided they weren’t very good ideas after all.  Finding inspiration has been hard, too.  The weather has been exceedingly boring lately, I haven’t had time to do any updates to the website, and my sports teams are lousy.  This blog has become mostly about work-type topics, which is to say Linux administration.  I didn’t particularly intend that, but I don’t mind either.

Lately, though, I haven’t made too many Linux-related posts either.  That is related in no small part to the lack of interesting work I’ve had lately.  In a small department with only 70 Linux machines, there’s not much opportunity for interesting work to come up.  It is partly for that reason that I’ve accepted an offer for a new job.  Starting in two weeks I’ll be working in the research computing group on campus, primarily in support of our Condor implementation.  In addition to providing a more challenging work environment, it will hopefully also provide more inspiration for my blog.  We shall see.

2 thoughts on “It’s hard to come up with ideas

  1. That’s exciting about the move! It’ll be interesting to see what stuff you get to play with. I’m completely unfamiliar with Condor, so it’ll definitely be a learning experience for me!

    As for the blog, hey, your blog is your blog. You know computer stuff, weather stuff, and there’s always something crazy going on with both of those. Write an informative post (this year is El Nino? I know it’s different than La Nina, but I don’t know how or why, or what the effects are) or try to make waves by taking a stand for (or against?) climate change. When in doubt, make someone mad. It’s bizarre, but they won’t stop reading because they disagree with you. If anything, they just keep coming back for more abuse 🙂

  2. Matt, thanks for the advice. I’m nearly finished with a mystery novel that is so bad it hurts me to continue reading it. The fortunate thing is that it has inspired me to add the occasional book review to the blog. I’ll try to write some informative weather posts for you as well. I tend to forget that I know more about some subjects than the public does because most of the people I hang out with know the same stuff I do.

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