And all our yesterdays have lighted fools‘Macbeth’
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot…
I’ve fallen into the habit of posting every two days with either a review or a discussion; I’ve also found it’s becoming a bit obsessive. Well, more than a bit if I’m honest. I’ve always tried to post regularly (bearing in mind WordPress advice regarding maintaining a blog) but the curse of social media online is that increasingly we’re living in the here and now, too often ignoring the past and future darknesses which the light from this very moment’s candle doesn’t reach.
When I look at my stats over the years I see that the greater part of the site’s traffic occurs in the winter months, tailing off in the summer; but that hasn’t stopped me feeling that, if I don’t keep posting, posting, posting, followers will stop visiting, my online presence will fade, I’ll become a shadow presence and my idiot tales will be heard no more …
I know very well where this personal malaise comes from, fuelled by multiple sources, many of which you will be familiar with since they’ll be common to many of us in these strange times. And I know that reading and blogging represent distractions from the many stark realities that would overwhelm me if they were all that I chose to contemplate.
Which leads me on to housekeeping.
This blog is fast approaching its tenth anniversary, sometime in March or April 2022. Looking back over the early posts I’ve been struck by a few things; principally they’ve been that many posts have been ephemeral, and that some half-decent reviews attracted little notice. Some of the ephemera can be (and much has now been) safely deleted: these have included mutterings about spam and hiccups in WordPress processes, or political rants (chiefly about Brexit and demagoguery) and reblogs (particularly those past their ‘use by’ date). Unless they were followed by lengthy or worthy responses in the comments section they are now gone, deleted, ex-posts, dead parrots which have joined the choir invisible. (Unless they’re archived in some way-back machine in the Cloud.)
So, like the poor woman who’d lost a drachma, I’ve lit my lamp and swept through my domain to seek out the missing treasure among the dross, gems to flourish aloft and proclaim Hurrah! Look at what I’ve retrieved! I’ve already been rescheduling past reviews now and again for reposting, and I shall continue to do so—essays you may have missed, or weren’t aware of because they appeared before your time here.
Are you like this too? I know a number of you repost past compositions, dusting off the cobwebs and displaying them afresh, but do you also clear out accumulated lumber that’s no longer relevant, or not up to your current standards, or simply cluttering up your storage?