Thursday, May 21, 2009

What's Going On Here

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed some changes here over the past six weeks or so. I’m not posting as regularly as I did—I’m around 2-3 posts per week now, down from a good five a week in the past. So my posts, which were never very numerous compared to other blogs, are getting rarer.

There are a few reasons for that. One is that while I enjoy writing, writing about politics constantly is getting a little old. After the tenth post comparing the efficiency of the American and European model health care systems, you start to feel like you’ve just about exhausted the subject. And while every day, Obama gives conservatives something new to complain about, it’s basically the same complaint every day. Obama gave a big speech about terrorism today (well, yesterday; it’s after midnight now)—and while I’m not writing about it (at least right now), I bet you can more or less tell what I’m going to say.

That’s not to say that politics won’t ever become interesting to me again—it’s just that right now, what’s happening in Washington isn’t as interesting as other things I could write about.

Another reason for the decrease in posts is that I don’t get angry about politics anymore. I hope that I was never one of the angry bloggers, the sort who basically fill their posts with angry rants about the other side. But as I have learned more about politics, I have learned (at least, I think this is a valid conclusion) that there are some people who, while they are liars espousing absurd theories, are nonetheless talented communicators who will draw large followers. I don’t like seeing that sort of thing, but I feel that getting angry about it is just counterproductive, since that is what that sort of person wants rational people to do. So when I hear that Michael Moore is releasing another film, this one about the financial crisis, I might cringe a bit, and hope that none of my friends see it so I don’t have to talk about it with them—but I don’t feel any anger or hate for Michael Moore.

Overall, I think that’s a good attitude, at least for me, but it does rob me of a certain impetus to get up and write.

All this stuff might seem a little over explanatory, but I wanted to give some sort of idea of what I’m feeling. Obviously, I’m going to make some changes to this blog. For the time being, those changes are probably going to be what you’ve been seeing—my typical posts, about 2-3 times a week. In the longer term future, I might go back up to four or five posts, or maybe start writing a more typical blog, with more, shorter posts and lots of links to other blogs. I’m not sure, but at this point I just wanted to give those still reading this blog some idea of what to expect.

Also, for those of you are reading this, thanks for taking the time to visit here. I know I rarely respond to comments (I must be the worst commenter in the world—my comments rarely rise above the level of “nice post” for some reason), but I do read them all, and appreciate the visits.


At May 22, 2009 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous The Gray Headed Brother said...

So you will only be posting about once every 2-3 days..

Thank you for the break.

And thank you for the warning.

At May 22, 2009 at 7:41 PM , Blogger Beth said...

See, the opposition hopes that we stop being angry, because then they think we'll go away and their side will win.

Speaking the truth does not get old.

Of course it is your blog and you can do with it as you wish. But I will miss your commentary on politics.

I've said it before and I will say it again, the quality is more important than the quantity.

At May 23, 2009 at 3:42 AM , Blogger Steve B said...

Daniel- I don't think you are alone. I have noticed a lot of the blogs I read (and my own to be fair) have gotten a bit light lately. I think it is the natural come down after a long election season.

At May 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Beth said...

On the contrary, Steve, I feel like there is so much going on that I am too overwhelmed to know where to begin writing, so I haven't much at all.

At May 25, 2009 at 7:20 AM , Anonymous I'm so humble said...

Beth said...
"On the contrary, Steve, I feel like there is so much going on that I am too overwhelmed to know where to begin writing, so I haven't much at all"


At May 26, 2009 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Z-man said...

Why not indeed? Detected a tinge of sarcasm there but if the topic generates the most heated discussions, the most comments it'd be crazy not to go with it. Gotta go where the money is, don't like the topic then don't respond. It's the liberal commenters who keep it going and I'm fine with that, it's what debate is all about. I never got this point though, liberals care as passionately about the issue as conservatives but we're accused of talking about it more.


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