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Fourhundred: A Confession

14 September 2012

Today is the 400th post on the 47 Echo blog. While I was thinking about what to write (possible topics included the mischaracterization of Kang, Koloth, and Kor in DS9; deep diving into nonfiction books I’d reread lately; and a Simpsons-Clip-Show-esque look back at previous posts), I realized that everything I was considering shared a common theme. And it wasn’t a superficial thing like pop culture or writing — it was something I realized about myself.

So here it is: a confession. I’m a micro-focuser. I start thinking about a thing, or start doing a thing, and I get myself wrapped up in the details. If I watch a few episodes of a decent TV show on Netflix, I end up having to watch the entire series, then look up supplemental material about each episode on the Internet as soon as I finish watching. When I read something, I can’t just do it casually, picking up the book here and there — I have to dive into the book, then find other books by the same author, then dive deep into those.

I go through obsessive phases on almost everything. When I get it into my head that I need to know something, I keep researching and researching until I have no more questions on the subject.

So there it is. I microfocus. And that, possibly, is why you’re sitting here reading the 400th entry on this blog — because when I don’t blog at least a couple of times a week, it just feels odd now. Because I’ve managed to get obsessive about this too.

So thank you to everyone who reads my stuff for allowing me to keep writing, to keep focusing on small details and blowing them up into several posts a week. It truly means a lot to me that you take a few minutes out of your week to drop by and see what’s going on inside my head.

Also, stay tuned — I still need to do a Clip-Show-esque post sometime. Maybe at Post #800?

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