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Riding High On The Blog

I have only been "blogging" for a few months. Hell, I don't even really consider myself a "blogger", per say. I'm just someone who was in the right place at the right time with the right "stuff" to have been admitted to this well-established venue. A venue, which time has shown me, to have been built on the shoulders of giants. Kevin, Jay Tea, Paul.. They were all the ones who originally attracted me here, and though two are gone, the others who have come to take their places have done a magnificent job of keeping this place exciting, thought-provoking, and fresh.

Bill, Kim, DJ, Lorrie, Steve have all added to the bulk of those shoulders, and I am proud to be a beneficiary of their hard work and enthusiasm. And the other recent additions have all added a wonderful style to each their own, complementing the others in a way in which seems uncannily "right".

A couple of my colleagues have some medical problems, which they have openly shared with everyone here. The kind of problems that takes strength and internal, mental, and physical fortitude to deal with on a daily basis. They are inspiring in their fights, their struggles, and their victories. They are all the more inspiring with their continued, deep, and insightful contributions to this blog during their times of unbelievable hardships and suffering.

I've got my own medical problems. None that I would share here because they just don't compare with the severity of the others. And I will not debase their fighting spirit with complaints of my own humble hardships.

Writing is tough work. There are times when I feel like banging my head against the computer. Unable to come up with even a shred of acceptable substance. Digging through news, sites I like, don't like, and all stops in between. Sometimes things come easy, and I get into a good rhythm. Thoughts just seem to flow better, and they don't get tangled up in so much interference, allowing me to put fingers to keyboard in a way that is gratifying in one sense, and relieving in another.

Do blogs, especially ones like this, which are comprised largely of analysis of current events and political happenings, need expressly adhere to those contents? Or can there be other things, personal things, which can be discussed and valued by the readership.

I believe anything which causes a reader to think about something in a different way, a different light, is worthy of inclusion, even on a blog which consists mainly of "serious" stuff. I've said before, the readership of this blog is highly intelligent, even commenters I disagree with politically and philosophically, are very insightful and mostly thoughtful, so much so that they make me think in other ways.

Which reminds me.. I went to the Daily Kos for the first time the other night.

I was appalled by the vitriol and crassness of posters and commenter's alike. The visceral hatred the readership feels for anything which deviates from their collective "beliefs" is unjustifiable and downright ignorant. They are like the Borg of the blogs. Resistance is futile. You must assimilate. Frightening, though, not in their methods, but in their numbers. How so many people could willingly take part in and engage in the same warped thought processes, with no contrarian point of view offered or allowed, seems to me to be a place of abject boredom. They may have strength in numbers, but they have no strength of convictions.

That said, I think I may take a day or two off. I haven't really "had it" lately. Haven't been happy with much of anything that's "spilled" out. And I've got alot to do in the regular life that I've been putting off for a few weeks. Hopefully that little time away will recharge the pen a bit, cause now that I've been at this for a few months, I just don't think I could stop.


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Comments (13)

You're doing a fin... (Below threshold)

You're doing a fine job. Keep it up.

I do, however, feel envy that you could visit Kos, with no apparent effects. Understanding the "reality based community" is actually simple, once you see they operate from a fiction based reality.

Again, kudos.

"Which reminds me.. I w... (Below threshold)

"Which reminds me.. I went to the Daily Kos for the first time the other night. I was appalled by the vitriol and crassness of posters and commenter's alike."

Everyone's entitled to make a mistake Shawn.

The most frightening thing about the place is how the dems hold the place in such high esteem to the point of writing diaries there and attending the yearly DKos convention.

"I went to the Daily Kos.."... (Below threshold)

"I went to the Daily Kos.."-sm

I've said it once and I'll say it again. Kos is a CIA honey trap cum meme feeder. It's false-flag agitprop. Moulitas will probably have his own bizarro version of Firing Line on TV in the future. Instead of Mark Green or Michael Kinsley being the trained opponent, he'll have Jonah Goldberg or one of the Orange Line kids from Reason.

As for the implied "writers' block"? Elmore Leonard says their's no such thing. I most humbly agree.

Example: I defeated a major trojan attack months ago by simply installing SpywareBlaster and Win Patrol. Add 300 words.

Shawn,Keep with it... (Below threshold)


Keep with it. Everyone who has to write beyond what I do (which is to either try to invoke a giggle for myself or tick off someone else) runs into writer's block from time to time. Heck actually even when you do it for fun we all have dry spells.

The main thing is be honest with yourself and your readers and you will continue to flourish.

As far as the anger, hatred and rage all over the web, I have to agree. I usually try to avoid most debate other than agreeing and encouraging others with common points of view to mine. I have found most folks refuse to spend the time to either verify their "Facts" they present or else they refuse to entertain the possibility they may be wrong.

Time will tell who is right and who is wrong on the issues. Neither side is perfect, but people like you (and your peers) do an important job in keeping the not-so-honest, honest.

Do blogs, especial... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Do blogs, especially ones like this, which are comprised largely of analysis of current events and political happenings, need expressly adhere to those contents?

No, and there have been many great pieces published on Wizbang that came seemingly out of no where but the interests of the author.

Take care of yourself so that you can keep up the good work. I for one am looking forward to your return Shawn.

It's a slow news week. Can... (Below threshold)

It's a slow news week. Can't some Democrat go out of his way to make an extraordinary fool of himself so that we all have something to pounce upon?

P.S. I hope Obama fails...... (Below threshold)

P.S. I hope Obama fails...

Shawn,I enjoy select... (Below threshold)

I enjoy selections like this one just for the simple fact that we get to know you a bit better.

I've never visited the Daily Kos. My condolences to you for "stepping in it".

Have a refreshing break and return to us inspired again.

Speaking of Jay Tea, somebo... (Below threshold)

Speaking of Jay Tea, somebody tell me again where he's writing now.

Please, of course.... (Below threshold)

Please, of course.

He writes at Commentary<... (Below threshold)

He writes at Commentary.

KOS is a cess pool... DU is... (Below threshold)

KOS is a cess pool... DU is even worse. Before venturing to either, I suggest a healthy dose of ibuprofen, keep the tums and a wastebasket handy. A good bottle of vodka or rum is also useful.

Thank you, hyperbolist!... (Below threshold)

Thank you, hyperbolist!






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