Next week the next A-to-Z Challenge begins. I first participated in 2012, and I owe whatever audience I've had in the ensuing years to that month. I intend to take part for the fourth consecutive time. Apparently I missed the theme reveal, though I do have one.
The thing is, I don't know whether I'll be able to complete it. The past two Decembers I've given updates on my mother's battle with cancer. Suffice to say, that battle appears about ready to conclude. Her worsening condition is the reason why I've drastically reduced my blogging over the course of the last year.
Right now, I'm considering writing at least part of the Challenge in advance. I've preferred in the past to leave each day to the day itself, although I cheated last year except in the actual production of the crappy comic strips I foisted on readers.
Or, I may not do anything at all. We'll see. But now you'll know. The biggest change is that my half-hearted efforts to read along with other participants and/or offer comments, which has always been the heart of this community, may suffer most of all. And I know how important it is to everyone else that they know they're being heard, because I know how directly they make it known when they haven't heard back. (Yeah, I'm giving you all a guilt trip in the midst of making me sound sympathetic. I'm just that awesome.) My visitors tend to go away when I go away, too. Don't try and pretend otherwise, yo.
I just thought I'd give you an explanation.