Multiple choice answer sheetI got up on the wrong side of bed this morning. That’s a strange figure of speech. I always get up on the same side of the bed. How can the same side be right one day and wrong the next?

Actually, that’s not so hard to imagine. In a multiple-choice test, (A) might be the right answer one time and wrong the next. But in the case of bed-get-upping, I think sometimes the “wrong” side of the bed is really any side of the bed.

So today (well, tomorrow, technically) is E-day. It’s about ennui*, and about exiting before the end. Or, to recap the letters to this point: Abort! Belay that order! Cease and Desist! End this madness!

Perhaps it’s an Aimlessness to this Blog that has led to a sort of Crisis. More likely, it has to do with Depression and Doubt.

I’ve heard people say, “I don’t get blogs.” Now, I’ve read many blogs that I do get. They are well-written and offer something, whether it be humor, information, or simply ideas that provoke thought.

Then there’s this blog, one I doubt has anything to get.

I wonder, sometimes, what the point of posting on here is. At times, it’s a structure to get me writing. Sometimes it’s to share something I find interesting. But looking back at the first four days of my A to Z Challenge output, I mostly just see that I need more (offline) writing practice. What I don’t see is me writing anything that contributes or justifies cluttering up internet bandwidth.

Blog stats screenshotI think this is borne out by my stats, which almost follow a perfect halving progression. It makes me think of that bogus paradox about the arrow never reaching the target**.

Since a blog can’t have fractional views, I guess it’s unlikely I’ll cause some kind of world-ending paradox, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry, don’t you?


* Ennui is another of those delicious words that flows off the tongue, though when I first encountered the word it was through reading and my brain wanted to pronounce it “en-you-ee.” Silly brain.

** Attributed, I think, to Zeno, the paradox considers that an arrow shot at a target must cover half the distance between the bow and the target. The arrow must then cover half the remaining distance and so on, halving the distance an infinite number of times, therefore suggesting the arrow will never hit the target. Check out this Wikipedia entry for more on Zeno’s paradoxes. According to the article, the arrow paradox is a mis-statement of what is called the “Dichotomy paradox.”

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7 thoughts on “A to E: This is the end

  • 04-04-2013 at 6:27 pm

    Trust me, most bloggers feel this way sometimes. I visit some blogs with hundreds of comments. HUNDREDS. Outside of AtoZ I get about a half dozen comments or so. And I suspect much of my traffic is spammers.

    If you write what you feel passionate about, your enthusiasm will shine through and readers will respond to that. Sometimes it just takes one comment to turn things around for me.

    When I’m not inspired, I visit other blogs to try to tap into their inspiration. Keep your chin up my friend.

    • 04-06-2013 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Maybe it’s just that right now I’m not “feelin’ it.” It’s good to hear about your experience and I think you’re right on about writing out of passion and enthusiasm.

  • 04-05-2013 at 11:23 am

    IDK… , really, what is the point in anything… though some might be curious as to what other cool words you’ll select to play with!! I love ennui, as a word.


    • 04-06-2013 at 1:55 pm

      It’s worth something to think some might be curious as to what words I’d select to play with. Thanks!

  • 04-05-2013 at 1:18 pm

    I am with BUDDHAKAT on this, really what’s the point. If you enjoy what you are doing then just do it…unless you are murdering kittens or something, then stop, stop it now. But seriously I’d like to read more about your word choices. I haven’t heard of ennui before.

    • 04-06-2013 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you! For the record, I would never murder kittens. (The five cats we have running around the house right now is testament to that fact.)

      I agree that if I’m enjoying what I’m doing, I should just do it if it doesn’t hurt anyone.


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