Hello dear Newsvine readers,
It's me, your friendly neighborhood Dutchie who, as some of you may have actually noticed, has been notably silent on his NV column for a long, long time now. I'm still your friendly neighborhood Dutchie, but the neighborhood has changed from rainy and drab Europe (UK) to sunny California, the ever-so-elusive and never-unchallenging San Francisco Bay Area.
I have moved and started somewhat of a new life here in the South Bay. And I'm loving it so far.
With a lot of things changing in my life of late, I've been thinking a lot as well about my writing activities online. My site has been on hiatus for this year but I'm finding myself less motivated to dedicate a lot of time to redo it completely, since if I were to do so I would totally redesign, realign and restyle it. There is some ambiguity between those three but so be it; it would be a complete revamp in literally every sense of the site's humble existence.
Instead, I've decided to focus my time and energy purely on the writing of content and the publishing of my thoughts and ideas closer to when they rummage through the proverbially endless confines of my brain, as opposed to writing down the gist and leaving it as an unfinished post "to be wrapped up when I redo my site (e.g. when the post itself is of far less value)."
And what better place than my already-existing Newsvine Column? I can think of none.
So here I am, back on the Vine, alive once more and not just in the sporadic and erratic comments thread. I will, "for realz and shizzle" as today's e-slang would dictate, return to writing content and publishing it on the Vine. I may eventually republish it all on my site, given that at some point in the future I'm bound to actually redo it after all and will want to maintain and aggregate all primary content I've written both here and on my existing site, but I plan to turn this corner of 'Vine-land into a steadily updated Column of general interests.
My goals as laid before me (by myself, that is) are relatively simple: to write interesting and meaningful content, a commentary on whatever is important in my life and the lives of others that day whether it's a significant or an insignificant event; to add a dash of humor and intellect; to challenge myself and expand on my vocabulary, my writing skills and to no further elongate my absence from the lands of the good and smarter, the 'Vine.
You'll find my writings in perhaps every corner of the Vine, as I'm a particularly opinionated (not to mention pretensedly eloquent) figure. In fact, I see it as a challenge to myself to write something for each main tab of the Vine's menu and have it actually be a worthwhile read.
I encourage you all, and by "you all" I'm addressing the 5-6 people that read this, to give me your most thorough critiques whenever you encounter one of my upcoming articles. That is, should you be so kind as to spend that time on helping me improve the quality of my content — I guarantee you I'll appreciate it.
With that said, this return-to-duty post should truly be coming to an end already, as it's become quite drawn out. Perhaps I'll pull a Coxian maneuver and just end it right in the middle of whatever I'm