Vacation In The Rear View – Future Ahead

July 9, 2012

I’ve been away.  Maybe you noticed.  Thanks, if you did.

I just spent the better part of the week on the road, looping from the southern Hill Country up to Dallas, then over to Amarillo before heading down to southern California to spend a couple of days at Malibu prior to heading back up the coast to the SF Bay.  I checked in one night from the hotel, but just couldn’t get particularly motivated to write a new post, or even an update.  It was sort of nice to unplug, more or less, and enjoy the world away from a computer screen.  It was more of a vacation than I’d really anticipated, and it was good.

Being away from the computer for a little bit gave me an opportunity to review some of my priorities… or some of the things I thought were priorities.  The Internet tends to make everything seem so immediate.  If you don’t act on something RIGHT NOW the moment will pass and something else equally important will come along and then you’ll be twice as far behind. 

Or something like that.

Stepping away reminds me that it’s OK to slow down.  Approach life like a covey of quail.  Don’t try to shoot on the rise. You’ll frustrate yourself and the dog and then end up eating store-bought chicken for dinner.  Take a breath, shoulder the gun, and let the birds level off a bit.  When you’re good and ready, pick a bird and shoot it.  There’s no big rush.

I’ve kind of lost track of that approach lately, I think.  I catch myself reacting a lot… popping off shots without picking a bird. And as a result, I’ve probably missed more than I’ve hit. There’s no way to shoot the whole flock.  It can’t be done. 

I know my content on this site has suffered a bit over the past year, as I’ve been working on making this move to Texas and other things have simply distracted me.  I’ve lost focus, to some extent, and find myself grasping at topics to fill space… flock shooting, as it were. It’s time to slow down a bit, get my composure, and feel the buttstock snug into the pocket before my finger tightens on the trigger. 

OK, I’ve pressed that poor metaphor about as far as it’ll go. 

Point is, there are still a lot of things I want to write about on this blog.  I think there are a lot of things you folks would want to read.  And I plan to keep it coming. 

But I may slow down a bit, or dispense with some of the consistency.  I’ve tried hard to keep fresh content every weekday (or almost every weekday).  To some extent, I’ve managed it.  But in the process, quality has paid a steep toll to quantity. I haven’t spent the time examining issues, and too often I haven’t had the time or motivation to provide much more than superficial commentary. 

What’s worse… comments from readers have gone unanswered.  That’s no good.  I value your feedback, comments, and ideas more than that.  The least I can do is acknowledge you when you take the time to say something.  That, to me, is what makes a blog interesting…both to write and to read.  It’s the interaction. 

So the posts may not come as fast and furious as they used to.  But I will strive to offer more quality in the posts that do see the light of day. 

The move to Texas is nearly complete, and I’d like to think that’s going to free up my mind and my minutes.  I’ll be hunting again, and I know most of you are ready to get back in the woods as well.  The A-zone deer season opens next week, and CA bowhunters will be hitting the canyons (sadly, I will not be amongst you this year).  The second half of 2012 looks promising so far, and 2013 will be even better.  I thank you all for dropping in on the Hog Blog so far, and look forward to bringing you quality content, stories, and reviews as we move forward.


2 Responses to “Vacation In The Rear View – Future Ahead”

  1. ian on July 10th, 2012 00:02

    Man, that is a lot of mileage. Once your feet are under you, you will spout poetical, as usual. Or u can just make up more songs!

  2. Phillip on July 11th, 2012 10:00

    Thanks, Ian.

    Definitely been a lot going on, and a lot of road miles. I’ll be happy to bring that to an end (next weekend should be my last drive from the Bay Area to TX for a while).