And We’re Back!

A close-up of the clock from a clock tower.

It’s been quite a long time (7 months!) since I last posted to Thought Distiller. My hiatus occurred due to a confluence of factors that prevented me from devoting the time and attention that I would have liked to this blog. And I realized that I would rather write nothing at all than to write posts that would sully what I hope is a reputation of quality.

Here are some of the things that contributed to my absence:

  1. Busy at work: There were stretches of time during which I was working some pretty grueling hours, which left me too cognitively drained to contribute time to writing.
  2. Lack of inspiration: Partially due to how busy I was and partially due to my own apathy, I wasn’t putting enough good stuff into my brain to get good out. I had been voraciously consuming blog posts and other online content, but didn’t seem to be getting much from it. And while my work was fascinating, it’s tough to discuss it publicly. 
  3. Opportunity cost: During my hiatus, I was living in NYC, and I felt that there were better things I could be doing on the weekend than drafting blog posts. How many of those “better things” I ended up doing is a different question entirely…

So how did I finally get back?

  1. Reading books: I started giving precedence to reading books instead of blogs and news articles. To be fair, I still sometimes find phenomenal insights and nuggets of wisdom on the internet. But I’ve noticed that with more books in my life, my thoughts cohere together better, are more frequently interesting (to me, at any rate), and are more connected to other concepts in my mental maps. I’ll cover some of the books I’m reading in the future.
  2. I left my job: I made promotion to Associate (Sr. Consultant, as some other consulting firms put it) and realized that I wanted to do something different. So I’ve gone back to school to learn Computer Science, which I’m doing at Lambda School. I have a lot to say about this, so I’ll probably write a dedicated post in the future.
  3. I left NYC: Without an income, I couldn’t afford to live in the city. I’m currently living a relatively solitary and spartan existence in Central Jersey, but it’s led to more reading, more exercise, more blogging, and all around life improvement. I may write more about NYC in the future, but for the time-being, check out The Death of a Once Great City in Harper’s. It’s a bit long but well worth it; I teared up a little at the end of it.

Tl;dr: I’m back. I hope that you’ll come back to reading Thought Distiller, despite my absence.

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