Is the glass half empty or half full? Isn’t it always up to us to decide…
Hi all. This is a little note for you. If you read it, you’re probably one of the devoted followers of Voyage of the Mind, and for that I’m super grateful. Even if you wouldn’t know Voyage of the Mind from any other blog, or me from Adam, and you just stumbled across this note, I’m still grateful.
I’m writing this note because I’ve been having a tough time this year, particularly in the latter half of it. You might already be aware of that. Even if you’re not, you might have had a inkling, because you yourself might be struggling, or you might know someone who has struggled or is struggling throughout these times.
What’s going on with me? I wish I had a simple answer for you. I wish I could explain in some semi-satisfactory way “what’s going on,” i.e. why I haven’t been able to find the motivation to bring you new content weekly or, heck, even monthly. In short, I’m a little depressed.
I say a little because I’ve been depressed before, and for lack of a better way of saying this, it was “worse” before. Of course, I don’t want to get into the habit of ranking or categorizing degrees of depression (what a morbid thought). By worse, I mean that back then I was suicidal. Now I’m not, but I am kind of low. I feel kind of stuck. It’s more a product of my situation and the situation in the world around me than anything else. And my heart goes out to anyone and everyone else who’s suffering in a similar or a different manner. If you’ll pardon my French, let me say that 2020 has been a bitch. As we roll toward the New Year, with a number of changes in their early stages or about to take effect, I’m hoping that 2021 will be a little sweeter.
But enough of dwelling on the bad. I want to share two little things that have been bright spots in all this darkness.
1. Seeing Voyage of the Mind on the first page of Google search results.
Okay, this is kind of small, and I feel kind of dumb for getting so happy about it, because it’s a kind of “shallow” metric in the grand scheme of things. But for a while, not even the home page ranked in Google. If I typed in “voyage of the mind,” I got all kinds of nonsense, but never this blog. Now… Give it a try yourself if you want to see!
Not only that, but because of higher-ranked results, search engine traffic has grown. One of my top posts now is my review of The Garden of Eden, my favorite Ernest Hemingway novel. This review pops up on the first page of Google search results, which has allowed a large number of readers to find it. I’m really happy about this one in particular because The Garden of Eden is a novel that means a lot to me, and I think I make some interesting points in my review. It’s also a lesser-read and lesser-known Hemingway novel, and I hope that my review has helped it become a bit better-known in some incrementally small way.
2. Two reviews of Metamorphosis, including a 5-star review!
For those of you who don’t know, Metamorphosis is a collection of short stories and poetry that I put out earlier this year, in August I believe. So far, it’s garnered two total reviews, and they’re both extremely positive! The first came from my close Twitter friend Todd Osborn (check out his stuff), a lovely 4-star review that highlights some of the themes of the collection. The second review, a 5-star review, came from the wonderful @Geniee7, with whom I connected on Twitter. Two reviews — not a lot. But they’ve made me really happy, and they’re currently giving me the motivation to push forward through the rest of this year and beyond.
If you haven’t already, I’d love if you checked out Metamorphosis. It’s available on Amazon for $0.99. Here, in fact! Some of the poems are sourced directly from Voyage of the Mind — short stories are mostly never-before-seen. If you end up reading it, I’d love to know what you think.
That’s about it!
I’ll be keeping you updated, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more soon. I eagerly await the next time we can meet together here in the hallowed halls of the Internet. Until then, stay well, happy holidays (some a little belated), and enjoy yourself a wonderful new year.