Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Roman Has Returned!

Hello all!  I wanted to take some time and really put something out that perhaps will explain what has caused such a hiatus for me.  There have been a lot of changes, events, and procrastination that has happened in the last year-and-a-half.  I owe anyone that started reading my page and following me an apology.  It was a disservice to all of you that I disappeared without any warning.  It is a disservice to those of you that maybe discovered my page, but found no new pieces.  Truly, I offer my sincerest apologies and I will work hard going forward to produce content on a timely basis.

Not that you necessarily care, but I do feel a need to express reasoning behind life and what has been happening.  The first problem I encountered was the fact that my life was in flux from the time I had initially started this blog.  At the time, I was struggling with actual employment.  Once I found a secure job, I started pushing for quick promotion within my field.  Good news, I succeeded!  I am in a position that makes me happy and allows me to do something I am passionate about outside of being a nerd/geek.  I get the opportunity to help people every day and as much as I can be a cynic and critical of complete strangers, I always come back to the knowledge that none of us know what is happening to a perfect stranger.  Their life is not our own and the best you can aim for is being empathetic to those whose situation may be beyond their own control.

Part of the contribution to the job struggle was some mental health issues that hit at the same time.  The good news, I am doing much better now.  I cannot express the importance of taking care of your mental self.  Depression, anxiety, etc. are all huge roadblocks to the creative process.  I would encourage any of you that read my blog or follow me to seek out assistance.  It is not a weakness to admit the need for help.  Also, seeking help does not indicate you need to be medicated.  I know that this can be a reason a lot of people do not pursue assistance.  Therapy is not a quick process, you have to do the work, and you commonly will not see the changes immediately for yourself.  Those that you love will be the first to notice the subtle changes.

Lastly, I am a terrible procrastinator.  Having ADD, being a gamer, and shiny objects are all distractions that I am constantly surrounded with.  Due to these problems, writing and podcasting fall to the wayside.  It has not been a lack of content or subjects to discuss.  If any of you follow The 42Cast, you will find me occasionally as a guest for some of those podcasts.  So clearly, there is not a lack of desire to do these activities, but rather I lack my own self motivation for my own work.

So, what to expect going forward.  I am going to be working harder to commit to material and getting it out in a timely manner.  I would like to get back to a regular podcasting schedule.  I am also going to try and provide, at minimum, one article a week.  I believe this to be an attainable goal for myself and an easier expectation for you to look forward to.  Of course, there is the possibility of more content than that, but it takes a village and I am a singular entity.  If I feel things are going well, I might even try my hand at streaming!

If you want to assist, I would love input or even someone willing to act as an editor.  Of course, this requires commitment from you if you volunteer to do so.  This assistance would not be paid assistance and I retain all the rights to my content.  I am happy to post your content here as well.  I know the struggle of self-starting all to well.  Friends IRL, I would love your help, but this is a small commitment that could grow.  Nothing would please me more to turn this hobby into something more and something profitable.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this very long winded apology.  Thank you for sticking with me and giving me your support.  Thank you for being nerdy, geeky, and all together a unique person that shares my passion for all things relative to those descriptors. 

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