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What has been going on and what will happen

As you might have noticed, my update frequency has declined dramatically over the past few months; I’ve published 26 posts since the end of February, so in almost five months, I’ve posted as much as I did in January last year alone. The reasons for not updating so frequently have been many and various, but I think that there is an underlying trend that only surfaced in my mind recently. During my final semester in Taiwan, I said that I would focus on speaking and that naturally lead to fewer books and fewer movies, and thus fewer reviews. After that decrease, I just don’t feel like starting to post a lot again. There are numerous articles that I would like to write and publish, but they will never be enough to post almost daily.

I started writing in English about three years ago, just after I finished my first year of English at university. The idea was to keep practicing using English, although I started studying Chinese at the same time. The result of this experiment has been quite successful. I believe that my English has developed immensely during these three years and I now feel almost as confident writing formal English as I do writing formal Swedish. This is not to say that I should close this website or stop learning English, but I do think that quantity has played out its role in my English studies. If I want to improve more, I need to do either of two things: switch area completely (i.e. start writing about entirely different subjects) or start focusing on quality instead of quantity. The first one is possible only from a learning perspective, because I already write about what I want to write about, so changing topics doesn’t make sense. Focusing on quality, on the other hand, is not only possible, it’s also in line with what I wrote above about not feeling the urge to post frequently.

In practice, this means that I will still keep updating the site, but only when I have something interesting to say. I hope I have had interesting things to say in the past as well, but I personally know that some articles were written more because I felt I had to do it than because I really wanted to write them. I suspect film reviews will go altogether, but book reviews will remain (after all, the time it takes to read a book is many times longer compared with writing the review, which is not necessarily true for films, and I also care a lot more about literature than I do about movies). I will try to write more about subjects I deem important, such as language learning, musing on life and the pursuit of dreams.

Furthermore, having at least semi-concluded the quantity phase of my English learning, I’m going to launch the same project in Chinese. As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been keeping a diary recording my adventures in Latvia with my family last week (there won’t be a detailed account in English, so either learn Chinese, use Google Translate or just look at the pictures). I suspect that I will write in Chinese most easy or superficial posts, and keep in English those articles I think that many people might benefit from, such as articles about language learning. Since few of my readers master both Chinese and English, I long ago decided to keep the two blogs separated. Here is a link to my Chinese blog.

Snigel.nu has been up and running for more than six years and there are well above one thousand posts on the website right now. Such a project has to be organic and dynamic to survive and thrive, it evolves and morphs into forms that even I could never have imagined when I first launched it. The only things that has remained the same through the years is that this website is still my window to the world. It will remain the place where I publish things I care about and which I use to communicate to a big audience consisting of family, friends and strangers alike. The need for a broadcasting channel such as this will probably never die, so expect me to keep updating for a long time yet, albeit in a slightly different form from now on.