Not much has happened this year around these parts. After my Covid pledge, I went really deep into finding ways to be more useful to society. I focused on work and other creative projects. During the year, I realized I’m quite happy with the content I have here so far. More will follow in 2021, but for now, Mentatul is frozen.
This hashtag movement might as well be called “30 minutes for the world of tomorrow”, but let’s just say that the spread of yet another deadly virus can be an eye opener for many.
I launched this website 4 years ago, to the day. I probably have less readers than I had back then. Not even my wife reads this anymore. And this makes me very happy. There is no pressure to perform, almost no one to please. I can simply output whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. The quality I strive to offer comes from a pure honesty to myself.
Slowly but surely, step by step, Mentatul becomes a wide collection of observations about humanity and ideas for social transformation. With it and through it, I get to grow as a writer and as a person. I am immensely grateful for having the opportunity to do this.
I don’t care about promoting any message. I don’t care about entertaining anybody or being right. The only thing I care about is writing to the best of my abilities, with an honest and healthy purpose: to do what I can to create a constructive, beautiful future.
A week ago, Mentatul celebrated its third birthday. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved so far with this website. A collection of meaningful articles is beginning to coalesce into a greater work, which is still far from completion.
I hardly put any effort into advertising this website. As a matter of fact, I quite enjoy maintaining a low profile. I know that most of what I write is not exactly mainstream. Sometimes, it’s not even easily readable.
I made mistakes, I learned and will continue to learn… albeit at a slower pace. I’m taking a break from intensive writing on Mentatul, since I have other writing and family duties that absorb a lot of my time. Of course, should my millions of readers think otherwise, please feel free to donate and change my mind :D.
This change is meant to give me more energy to focus on the most important things I wish to have here, which are the bi-monthly analysis articles.
After about 13 years with the same web hosting company (IX Web Hosting, over in the USA), it’s time to move on. IX has been purchased by the infamous EIG. I didn’t know exactly how infamous they are, but I did notice when the quality of service instantly decreased to a staggering degree. Not only was the migration of my websites handled in an unprofessional way, with stuff breaking all over the place, but support answering times had increased to more than 48 hours. Sometimes, I’ve waited for 4-5 days for them to answer my tickets.
This led me to document myself a bit about Site5, the company which presumably had acquired IX. Well, guess what… Site5 is just a cover for a larger entity called EIG. In the experienced webmaster’s world, EIG are known to be among the worst hosting providers. It’s not that the performance is bad, but it’s definitely sub-par with the prices they ask while the answering times, professionalism and support staff attitude is also way below the competition.
There are many big questions in life. For me, this is one of the most important ones. I don’t need anybody or anything to give me an answer for it. Paradoxically, I think one of the reasons we’re here is to come up with these answers ourselves. We find our own reasons to be here. We’re the architects of our own lives.
So why am I here? My answer is quite simple and is also a sort of “new year’s resolution”.
How time flies. It’s been almost a year and a half since I launched Mentatul. So far, this proved itself to be a very beautiful adventure. The website started as a source for objective analysis of important contemporary issues combined with an assortment of subjective musings on art topics (so far, only music). Soon, I added the Recommendations category, where I share with readers various interesting or inspiring links that I stumble upon during my online journey.
However, like any long-term writing commitment, the project evolved. My urge for writing kept seeking new ways through which to express itself. About 9 months after the launch, in September 2016, I wrote the first satire article. Afterwards, in November I added two new categories based on real life adventures that I was fortunate to experience. I began 2017 by adding two more categories. Here’s a short description of all these recent changes.
A lot of people are celebrating Christmas these days. Even more are just enjoying an extended weekend. And even more people are happy to be alive. Even more are… simply alive.
I wish you beautiful days, regardless of what you’re celebrating or doing :). Have lovely times with the family, friends, have fun, play games, do nothing, sleep, take a walk on the wild side :D. I think the only thing that really matters is that you love. Love what you do, love what you have around you, love who you are. And if things are difficult (as sometimes they can be) and the feeling of love isn’t easy to come by, well then I have some for you, in the form of thankfulness:
Thank you for being here! Thank you for shining the light of your consciousness upon these words. Every single person shines a different light, but all these different, unique colors are still part of the rainbow of love :).
The word “mentat” was invented by Frank Herbert and prominently used in his Dune series. The “ul” suffix in this website’s name is the Romanian definite article, added because that is my country of origin. However, I am not “the mentat”, even though my project is named that way.
Instead, the name of this website pays homage to the concept of a mentat. It is an aspiration of mine. Mentats have always inspired me. When I write analytical works, I am trying to interpret information in the same way I imagine a mentat would.