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August 19, 2004

An Explanation « Blogging »

...regarding this post:

It's all no big deal. I'm feeling a little disappointed in blogging lately, like I've been spending too much time doing it...and not pleased with my results. I haven't had a post I'm proud of in a while. I haven't had a post with truly original thoughts or development in longer than that, probably. I've been linking stuff I've enjoyed reading, mostly just to get another post up so people will still keep dropping by. And while that's a perfectly valid way to blog, it's not me.

I want to do more posts about China. I want to try some Op-Ed. I want to concentrate on writing some new puns. Goodness knows I'm years overdue for the Pun-Fest that is the Just-Us League.

Bottom line, though, is that I've been doing oodles of politcal and social blogging, particularly over the last year. I'm more than that. The blogosphere is more than that. Sure, the most pressing issue is the Global War on Terror mixed in with the economy and pressing social issues of abortion and homosexual rights, and they all intersect in the 2004 election. The mainstream news media has dropped all pretense of objectivity in trying to get Kerry elected, and the blogosphere plays a very important (if not vital) role in defending the nation from the onslaught against democracy by Democrats.*

But I'm tired of it, and I'm not the only one. I think the blogosphere is going to contract quite a bit, if not actually implode, after the elections in November. We will have a landslide, or at least a clear mandate, and there will be little to fight for once the politicians stop stirring us up and the mainstream news media stops being complete hypocrites and partisans (either because they won and don't have to anymore, or because they lost and ended up selling their integrity and ethics for nothing).

So I want to work on sharing my whole mind, my whole thoughts, and preparing for Blogging Life After November. Sure, not everyone is so wrapped up in it, but I am, and many of the blogs I read are. Some will be so burnt out they will take a break, if not flirt with quitting. I don't want to be burnt out, I don't want to be exhausted. I want to put better quality of posts out, I want to research topics instead of just putting stuff out first draft. I never even 'sanity-check' 'em for grammar/spelling clarity! I think this method has limited my effectiveness as a writer and persuader. I do want to become a professional writer, and one of the choices is as an Op-Ed writer, but you can't just spout of your gut reactions, you have to back it up. I need to develop as a writer.

Don't get me wrong, blogging has gotten me to this step, and I'm betting blogging can take me to the next level, too. But I'm going to have to consciously make a change to do it.

And so look at my posts today. It's a rare thing, indeed, when I only have 3 posts. And I wouldn't have even had this one if it weren't for Casey's comment on the aforementioned post.

Don't worry about me, people. Don't cry for me, Blogentina! I ain't going nowhere! But it is time for me to make a qualitative change. I can feel it. I hope you'll be able to see it.

*yes, yes: an exaggeration. But not by much.

Posted by Nathan at 09:59 PM | Comments (7)

I get decent amount of traffic, but I don't get that many comments. So sometimes I feel the same. However, I realize that my blog really is just an outlet for me and not a true investigative type of blog so I don't spend oodles of time researching (time is a resource I have little of).

You're on my RSS reader, so I read a lot of your stuff but due to the hundreds of posts my reader gets each day, I just don't have the amount of time to respond to all of them.

In other words, we're here even if you don't see us!

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at August 20, 2004 05:31 AM

That's been at the back of my mind as well - the blogsphere getting quiet after the election. a way it won't; regardless of who wins in November, those that feel cheated by their candidates loss will gear up for the second wave of accusations, innuendo, and hearsay.

It'll be a two-edged sword in either case: interesting because it will seem alive and boring because it'll be the same crap.

Posted by: Mad Mikey at August 20, 2004 05:50 AM

I'm betting/hoping the margin of victory will be big enough that no one will feel cheated and much of the controversy of the last election will be avoided. That might just be wishful thinking, but I feel it would be best for the well-being of the nation.

Posted by: Nathan at August 20, 2004 06:21 AM

Quantity isn't the same as quality. So what if you only post once a day or every other day? Many bloggers only post once a day, even some of the better ones. (No, I am not amongst them. My traffic totals are relatively small - around 200 per day - but I'm not about to pander in the interests of increasing my traffic totals.)

Post less often but make 'em count. (Yeah, no pressure there.....) You'll feel better.

Posted by: DCE at August 20, 2004 09:09 AM

I agree with the previous comments, I too will continue dropping by to see what new item you've posted.

Like you I had begun to feel as if my writing was becomming stale. When I moved to my new site I decided to post only if I was passionate about the topic instead of out of a sense of obligation. Yes, I did lose readers, but I now have a better discussion interaction with those that remain.

I find I like the quality of our interaction better as they don't post comments, instead we have long email discussion which are much more satisfying.

You are a gifted writer! I hope you give yourself the gift of writing something you enjoy out of love and passion rather than obligation.

Posted by: michele at August 22, 2004 07:50 PM

Just my two bits here...I don't particularly care for poli-blogs or war blogs. Those two topics are already covered to the point of stupefaction in the news every day; to have people blogging further about them is simply overkill.

I do have to disagree with you on one point: The blogoshere will be as active and strong as ever after November. Sure it may quiet down some for a while, but it will come back. There are just too many bloggers with too many opinions out there for it to be otherwise.

Yes, you are a gifted writer. I enjoy reading what youw rite, even if I don't always agree with it.

Posted by: Funkalicious at August 22, 2004 09:57 PM

Yes, you are a gifted writer. I enjoy reading what youw rite, even if I don't always agree with it.

There's a typo in this line. You obviously meant to type "ever", rather than "always". [grin]

You also said:
Sure it may quiet down some for a while, but it will come back.
Actually, that's all I meant. It will quiet down for a while. People will recover, and people will find other things to blog about, and fences will be mended and Jo will start blogging again and it will all be cool. And there are enough bloggers out there that don't war- or mil-blog to keep things going while everyone else takes a breather.

...but I want to be rested and fresh, because I plan to make up ground in the rash of eventually-retracted "I quits!" that I expect to be reverberating around 15 November or so...

So, people, please: it's not a crisis or anything. I appreciate the support, but I wasn't down or discouraged. I'm going to post less, but try to make it higher quality. That's all. Since I have a history of 5-10 posts/day, I figured it is only polite to announce that's going to change.

Posted by: Nathan at August 22, 2004 10:14 PM
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