Monday, June 10, 2024

I Did It Again

I have a regular problem: I sit down to write a post and then discover, as I am adding links to other related posts, that I've already written about the topic in question. In some cases, the previous post is from last year or the year before that, but, in others, the previous post is from more than a decade ago. It's very frustrating, but it seems increasingly inevitable. After so long and so many posts, the odds of my doing this at any given time are pretty high. At the same time, I take the fact that I don't do it more often as a good sign, since it suggests I still have some new thoughts left in me.

I'll do better tomorrow; I promise. 


  1. I can see how this can be quite frustrating. But, just to literally quote user "Mark" 's response to the March 30 2023 'Frustration' post you linked to:

    "On the other hand, this is a great opportunity to revisit the articles you wrote and see if your attitudes and opinions have changed since then."

    I, too, would be interested if your opinion has changed on any given subject, since you last visited it. Just my 2$.

    At any rate, I do and likely will keep enjoying your blog.

    1. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

      The true frustration comes not just from starting a post about the same topic as I had some years previously, but that I do so with an identical or very similar perspective. In some cases, I find myself writing some of the very same phrases.

    2. Ah. Thanks for the response. Well in that case: perhaps you could make it a habit to google ' subjectmatter' before you start writing about it ?
      Oh, well.

    3. At this stage, I probably should! Thanks for the suggestion :)

  2. And now begins the meta-commentary, where James bemoans how often before he's written of how often before he's written on a topic ;)

    (To be fair, your output has always been prolific, so it's bound to happen sooner or later. It's as much on our heads as readers to consider whether we've previously read or considered a topic and enjoyed it!)


  3. I sympathise. I have on occasion begun putting a review together only to discover that I had written one of the same book or game years previously.

  4. My memory’s none too good anymore myself, so I personally will likely not remember having read it the first time anyway. ;)

  5. it is fine to a) have more thoughts and b) change your mind as your thinking matures, etc. do another post...

  6. I agree with Rick! Give us an update on your thinking!