Tuesday, June 14, 2005

About Blogging

I've been blogging now for a year. It has been an interesting experience. I've learned a little about net etiquette, a little about sources of information, and a lot about how our government is running amok. (I've also learned how to link to wikipedia.)

But, I have to be honest, I am not widely read. I am part of a community of liberal bloggers, but not one of the top dogs and have no anticipation of this happening. To be a top dog one would have to devote one's entire resources to blogging, plus be extremely witty, like TBogg. I confess openly that I am aware of how flat my attempts at humor usually fall. (That brings up the whole question of who is funny and why they are funny. Some people are funny just by being themselves. Others can tell the funniest joke in the world and no one laughs. Oh, the vagaries of human nature.)

Blogging like what I and a million others do has taken the place of the vanity press, all those "published at author's expense" pieces that used to clutter the libraries of the wealthy. (That in itself is interesting. If someone didn't have a lot of money, they always bought good books. I was going to say that most humans are smart enough not to waste money but, on retrospection, is patently false.)

I have thought of looking at the "ideal blog." For sure, it is short and to the point. I am sure that there will soon be a blog out there that is the equivalent of Strunk and White's Elements of Style describing what does make a good and bad blog, though the ease of publication will create enormous dissent. Imagine if one could have blogged about Elements of Style immediately after its publication; questioning every twist and turn of the recommendations. This may be good, but, then again, it may be bad.

There will be books about blogs, but nobody will read them. There will be blogs about blogs (like this one) and no one will read them. What we have been tuned to get is a daily fix of sensationalism. The next Downing Street Memo. The next Michael Jackson. In a year, these things will be seen as trivia.

Children don't read now. I can verify that. Fifty years ago, there was a fairly high drop out from high school, and few young people went to college. While WWII increased that dramatically, because of the GI Bill, still, the level of reading was low. It probably increased steadily until 10-20 years ago when video games became popular. Now, with the InterNet, children don't read.

So, I think I am going to take a break from this self satisfying activity that occupies so much of my time. I know my friends will be happy; they were tired of me running on about blogs and what is on the Net.

You, who may read this, see you later.

7 comments:

common sense said...

Doctor C,

I sensed from your recent posts that you were fatigued.

You were very good at bashing the current administration but your blog was conspicuously void of well earned criticisms for dictators and repressive regimes such as Saddam's Iraq. Also absent were any negative views of the Clintons, Robert KKK Byrd or the dumber of the two presidental candidates in 2004. The grades just came out.

You did exert a good amount of energy focusing on the Bush daughters but not as much as a wimper that I can find on the food for oil scandal.

I might be exhausted too if I had to expend energies digging up dirt on a couple of 23 year old girls while sidestepping the issues about Clinton's private affairs and the of selling missle secrets to the Chinese.

All the best.


Common Sense

Dr. C said...

Thanks common(?) sense. You are actually wrong about a lack of comments on the "dumber of two presidental candidates in 2004." My blogs were replete with such pith.

By the way, its missile. Try adding http://www.m-w.com/ to your favorites.

All the best.

Dr. C.

MarylandPolicyBlog said...

Say it ain't so!

The problem with blogs is that the good blogs often are not the popular blogs. This one is one of my top 5.

When you are ready to dive back in, let me know.

Steve Hill
frmsteve at msn dot youknowwhat.

Dr. C said...

Thanks Steve. Let me get my second wind.

corndog said...

Doc,

I know the fatigue factor. And I know you'll keep up the good fight in other arenas. But know that you'll be missed here. If you come back, please let me know. And you're always welcome at my place, where you were one of my first readers and contributed greatly to the fun of the endeavor for me. Hasta luego, amigo.

forthil said...

I tuned in kind of late to your blog, but enjoyed it. Even though I'm a gun loving, UN hating right winger on most issues, I could see where you were coming from. Though I voted for W both times (the competition wasn't exactly great) I am disillusioned with a Republican that has expanded government, restricted states rights and continued to grow a deficit even after the country emerged from a recession.

Thanks for taking time out from your life to blog.

Redjalapeno said...

Common Sense.

"A running commentary on the destruction of the United States by the liberals a.k.a. socialists a.k.a. communists"

Common - yes.
Sense - none.

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Well Doc, I think you and I hit the same fatigue wall almost at the same time. In fact, whilst you were making this post and the ones before it, I too had tailed off.
More people read your blog than you think, most have no desire to post comments.

My advice, which was given to me by others (including yourself), is to take a break, focus on other things, make a change or two in your posts.

Above all, have fun with it. I find your humor rather humorous! Heck, it's one of the things that brought me here, that and Friday Crab Bloggin'!

Take a break Doc, remember we're out here.

your librul socialist commie fellow blogger,
redjalapneo