Relaunching Ethan's Essays

I launched this blog back in August with a post promising several articles a week. I obviously quickly fell short of that. While I don’t want to fall into the trap of posting apologies for not posting, I will briefly say: 1) there’s nothing like proclaiming a deadline to the world to induce writer’s block and avoidance, 2) finishing pieces from my pool of partially written articles took more time than I expected (recall the humorous ninety-ninety rule that, in this context, states: The first 90% of writing an article takes 90% of the time, and the last 10% takes the other 90%.), and 3) some articles required feedback that required time to receive (because my reviewers, strangely enough, wouldn’t drop everything they were doing immediately to read about sick cookie monsters and such).

Now I have a pool of completed pieces to work from, so I am “re-launching” the blog for the new year. Expect to see new articles first thing every Monday and Thursday morning (excluding holidays), along with intermittent shorter posts — links, brief comments, and more.

I called my first launching post “Blog in Search of a Theme”. One theme has definitely emerged: humor. I would sit down to write a technical piece, get stuck, and an Onion-esque news article would emerge instead. A recipe turned into a story of a funny kitchen fiasco. So I went with this flow, then took the best of what emerged and ran them past other people to be certain someone other than me found them funny. I’ve posted a few already, with more to come. Humor writing has its pitfalls, but just letting yourself be silly is freeing, even exhilarating at times.

I found that some ideas I had didn’t fit the mold of a conventional article very well, so you’ll also seem some experiments with other formats, including cartoons, spoken (audio) pieces, and perhaps even some videos.

However, for now I’m not going to make humor the theme of the blog, as I do have a number of pieces serving other purposes. I can’t foresee the exact mix yet, but I hope that you will always find them entertaining or informative, and perhaps even both.