Glad you have started reading, I am. Have you been following this blog? Or did you come by via Twitter or Facebook? Your first time on this site? Was it the bidding sequence in the title that caught your curious eye? Does it look familiar? If it does, maybe, you know Skat, a very German card game. I used to play it with family and friends.
With 18, the bidding starts. You are part of the game. You are willing to play. And you bid to win. 2018, I began my other, more personal website and blog. Willing to play. Willing to bid. And I slowly started to learn about WordPress, about blogging, and about writing. The year after, Chris and created the first pieces of our Panta Rhei Enterprise.
With 20, you continue to bid. You either have the jack of clubs or a jack of spades and you are bidding to play hearts with one or without one (the top trumps). On PantaRhei we had our best of the three years in terms of numbers: 23 posts and 944 visitors. Chris and I explored the BASE model and complexity. COVID triggered a couple of posts. And it interrupted the flow quite a bit; I reposted only four times in the first quarter of last year, when separating topics between matschulze.net and PantaRhei.press. The Just words went there, and RoLL – Research on Language and Learning – came here. The rest of that year and in 2021, we worked in our dayjobs, lived our lives, and explored new, different beginnings. Chris learned and became a professional audiobook narrator. I listened to one of his audiobooks. Brilliantly told. I am saving the fiction books he narrated for a little later. Writing this blog post at the moment. 😇 And I focused more on writing. Taking courses. Reading. Practicing. And blogging. Some poetry. And two budding projects.
With 22, you can bid with or without one for a game of spades. Spades will be trump. (Gosh, has that become a bad word?) In 2022, both Chris and I will continue to narrate and write, respectively. And I will also use a little time here and there, first, to continue to focus and tidy up this website. And second, I am undusting my complexity lens, revisiting some earlier notes, augmenting all this with what I have learned in the last two years, and will continue to write about Complexity and useful – applied – languagey things. Something to look forward to …