I have trouble keeping a blog updated. If you know me at all, this fact should not be difficult to understand. Indeed, I rewrote the previous sentence about 6 times, and this very sentence several times. I may even rewrite them again after finishing this paragraph; they just don’t sound quite right. Nevertheless, I shall soldier on, as it were.

When I make a blog post, I have an expectation that it will be interesting, full of content, and well-cited or linked. A good example is my 2009 influenza A(H1N1) S-OIV “swine flu” (and a variety of other uninformative names) post. It’s a thing of beauty, brimming with citations and…other things. Nobody really cares.

Unfortunately, while it can be very time-consuming to develop a thought into a well-conceived contribution worthy of posting, doing so is only for my own benefit. I’m pretty sure no more than 3 people found my aforementioned post the least bit interesting. I occasionally drop incomplete or less tedious ideas into this blog, but that is mostly out of a feeling of obligation to prevent it disintegrating entirely from lack of use.

All of this is a very long way of saying that, perhaps, I will make an effort to post more spontaneous or raw ideas, generally briefer (and coincidentally more interesting) than I would otherwise prefer, for the sake of actually putting something into this sad excuse for a blog.

With luck, I will also learn to write. Seriously.