Ending a Series? New Content!
I've been holding off this post for a while, because I wasn't sure what to do. But I think I've figured that out. In short: the show must go on, even if a different show is needed for the time being. I hope you'll allow me to explain this to you by bringing up another mostly relevant topic.
If you're under 35, you've definitely been on YouTube, that massive hub where 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute at least once in your life. You know that all of the big Youtubers upload daily.
You also know that I don't ever plan to do that. Blogging for me is many things, but the biggest thing is that I can't write a post if I don't enjoy it. That's why I don't have any really long series: besides the fact that I often find myself running out of steam after 4 or 5 posts, I don't play enough games to support a long series. Out of my ~200 games a year, some are much more instructive than others, only 75-100 are 90 30 or Daily games, and even among those the quality wavers quite a bit.
That's why after three weeks away from blogging, one of which was spent on vacation, I've decided to put Concrete Problems, Part 6 on the back burner. Whether it comes or not, I had been feeling uninspired for a while, I was repeating examples and, most importantly, when I was about halfway through the post, I got the feeling that it wasn't really going anywhere, that I was losing the point.
If you've blogged, you'll know the feeling: it was time for this series to die so another one could be born, and I couldn't do anything about it.
But - and this is the key - there's also plenty of new content coming up. The current round of my Daily tournament should be finishing up soon, and you'll be seeing more Everything Openings as well as two more new series.
The series Rising Stars is my first to be dedicated to the blogging community, and it's also quite unlike anything I've done so far. In Rising Stars, I'll give some of Chess.com's more underrated bloggers a hand up through a post outlining who they are as a blogger, giving you a little taste of their content, and reviewing their blog. Suggestions for bloggers to write about are welcome, but I reserve the final decision based on only the quality of their content.
Head to Head
The series Head to Head is all about matchups, but it's also about people. After all, it's the players I get to know the best that I enjoy playing against the most, and in this series, I'll chronicle my history with them on, beside and even off the board.
A few standalone posts are also coming soon. Before I start my next series, you can expect to see a post on my 2018 SCL Championship games, a post on my last chess lesson and a post on Round 3 of the TUTC Daily tournament I'm playing. At the request of @dubbler, I'll also attempt a post describing how to properly analyze and annotate games. It's going to be a great time and I hope you'll all be there to enjoy it along with me.
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