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July 31, 2009

Reflexions on Aqoul Lounsbury, directions

I'm thinking on where Aqoul et Lounsbury should go. Eerie is long-term otherwise engaged so massive remakes are not in order (I suppose I could undertake them, but frankly lack the motivation), but as basically only Hogan and I post, I need to think about how to use Lounsbury and how to use 'Aqoul.

Clearly Lounsbury is where purely personal posting goes (as in ranting on about various work related schemes, although this has become rare insofar as it is difficult to do so in an anonymous manner now, what I might rant about would be too high profile or too trivial), that is more or less clear. Also fairly clear, posts of general MENA interest should be in 'Aqoul. I have played with using, as Hogan does, Lounsbury for non-MENA posts.... which would in effect trend to ranting about the global financial crisis. However, aside from a need to add new categories (for me, unlike eerie, I don't give a fuck if readers use them, I use them, thus my idiosyncratic categories. I think I should impose them on Aqoul as well), I have only recently decided there is a subject area worth commenting on, comparative financial systems, which I fine fun to rant about.

Otherwise, reflecting on blogging over 5 years (since 2003 on the Livejournal site - I did so hate that site - and since 2005 here), and reading of the fall-off in Independent Blogs of late in various places, I have to say that despite what it might seem, blogging regularly takes some effort. Up until 2007 this was fun, but then in 2007 the fun of both ranting and also pushing Aqoul up the Blog Ranks had turned to more like a chore. Or added work to already rather long work days. With the 2008 financial crisis, adding more work onto already stressful days, and with the wind down of the US Administration I loved to hate, it just did not seem worth it.

Nevertheless, I do want to continue Aqoul - small niche blogs on a specific subject still have a place, and 'Aqoul as MENA plus Islamic world (as connecting back to MENA) commentary can still be fun to do. Nevertheless, no intention of being the 2003-2006 Lounsbury, too much work and I harbour no journalistic ambitions as such.

Oh yes, three years out of cancer now. Big tests done, initial results fine although my fine "socialist national health scheme Drs" will send finals later. Damned battery of tests, very tedious.

Posted by The Lounsbury at July 31, 2009 10:46 AM
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Your ranting is always entertaining, regardless of topic. Posts on different financial systems and/or the financial crisis would be informative as well, I'm sure.

Congrats on the three year not-dying anniversary!

Posted by: duaneg at August 1, 2009 11:14 PM

Congrats on the tests. I lost a close relative to cancer at the end of last year, and a friend earlier this year, so it means all the more to me now when someone actually beats the fucker.

And do keep posting.

Posted by: secretdubai at August 3, 2009 10:56 PM

Ah Secret, you're back.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at August 5, 2009 02:10 PM

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