Late ... for a reason.
It was the "completion" of a different site, not the Boidem, that was
the impetus for this column. But even so, the fact of ceasing work on a web site
had a clear and rather immediate effect on my writing of these columns. Suddenly,
sitting in front of the keyboard and typing out thoughts wasn't a regular enough
activity, and once one day was missed, missing two, and even three, was easy.
More and more thoughts crowded into too little thinking space, new ideas started
crowding out older ones that still hadn't been worked through. I quickly found
myself out of shape - on the one hand, my fingers didn't seem to sit properly
on the keyboard, while on the other, the flow of thoughts was congested. Instead
of a tangible (more or less) finished product, the physical expression of a completed
web site seemed to be no writing at all. It was perhaps the cyberspace equivalent
of the saying that busy people always seem to find time for something else.
This column clearly missed the usual Boidem posting time. A delay of a day or
two has never been something that I've felt to be particularly significant. This
time, however, the date continued to fade farther and farther away into the distance.
And still, even though more and more thoughts had been collected, even though
numerous pages had been prepared, even though a new column was already being constructed
in my head, putting the actual finishing touches on this particular column remained
difficult. Instead of giving myself room for more writing, a completed web site
seemed to hinder the continuation of another. It was neither writer's block, nor
a period of mourning, but ceasing work on a long-running web site definitely brought
about a sense of loss (not to mention "lost").
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