Partly by necessity, partly by need to address other matters, my focus has not recently involved In-Sights or social media. However, I am again ready to post regularly on BC politics. You will see further examinations of the asset stripping work of Liberals as they seek another term to finish hollowing out British Columbia’s public wealth.
First, an explanation of where I’ve been and where I’m going.
A few months back, after correction of botched dental work, I experienced nerve inflammation affecting neck, shoulder, arm and hand. Intense discomfort meant use of strong medications, disturbed sleep and work interruption.
While waiting to consult a specialist, physiotherapy was the treatment. Luckily, a good PT evaluated the main problem as “laptop-itis” that resulted from long hours at the computer with poor spinal and arm positioning. Long periods using the machine guaranteed difficulties would result. Unsurprisingly, the solution was obvious. Sort of like: “To cure your headache, stop whacking it with a hammer.” I avoided computers for a while, then acquired a new desktop system and now use it for writing and research.
While my physical recovery is complete, free-time has been rare as family events and income producing work took priority. As much as I wish to focus on political commentary, In-Sights has no advertising revenue and is not financially self-sustaining. While the blog has enjoyed thousands of readers, only a tiny proportion contribute financially. Canadians pay about $10 billion a year to internet service providers but are reluctant to pay more to support the actual creation of content. This is a reality faced by all but a few authors of digital news and information.
The recent break from blogging will, I think, be a refresher and, in the four months leading up to BC’s 2017 election campaign, I will publish regular commentary. In the spring, after almost eight years researching and writing thousands of blog articles exploring this province’s current affairs, I will probably shift attention elsewhere. Events in the next few months will reveal the course most appropriate.