Ever since I first joined WordPress I have cycled through periods of daily activity followed by weeks to months long spells of inactivity. Tonight I am coming out of the longest inactive spell yet, elven months. My last previous post was on December 31st, 2015. Here is a brief timeline of everything that has happened with me so far this year:
January: I began my final semester of undergrad; I also applied to the University of Oregon’s Master’s in Journalism program.
March: I receive an acceptance letter from UO, relieving stress about what to do after graduation.
April: I turn in the final draft of my senior thesis; at the student paper staff party I win an award for Best News Writer.
May: I graduate with a Bachelor’s in History; I go on a school trip to France.
June: I return to America; I move to Eugene and begin my grad program.
August: The quarter is over so I go home.
September: I return to Eugene and start the new quarter; I find out I am on academic probation because my GPA is below the required 3.0, if I don’t get it up this quarter I will be dismissed from the program.
November: The bastard child of Mussolini and an orangatang is elected President of the United States of America.
Now for the orange elephant in the room. That last event is what compelled me to end my hiatus after a few months of procrastination. I didn’t think it would happen. When Trump announced he was running I thought it was a joke. When he lasted I few months I wasn’t particularly worried. Just another occupant of the Republican Clown Car I thought. I didn’t mention him once in any of my posts from my last active period, he simply wasn’t worth my time or energy. I don’t remember any of the blogs I follow taking him serious either, most thought he would fizzle.
Then he was the last man standing.
Like everyone else, I believed the polls which placed his rival at an 80+% chance of winning. I am shocked and frightened. As a journalist in training me and my cohort mates feel compelled to be part of a new generation of media that nips this sort of bullshit in the bud.
So long story short, I decided it was time to return. WordPress has been a great platform for me to put out my thoughts to the world.