In an Introspective Mood
I know most people don’t go to political blogs to read about the introspective thoughts of the blogger. They come to the blog to read about politics and political opinion. But I’m in an introspective mood so please bear with me.
I took a hiatus from political blogging for several reasons. Chief of which is just exhaustion. Blogging for me is a hobby I do in my free time. It is something I do for fun. I am not a journalist and I don’t derive an income from doing this.
To be a top-flight political blogger you really do need to devote a considerable amount of time and effort keeping up with the news, researching facts and tidbits of information, reading various news sources, fact-checking, and keeping up with hot topics in the other blogs out there. Let alone maintaining the political outrage on core issues that motivated you to start the blog in the first place. If you are not careful blogging can take over your life.
After a certain point, doing the blog began to feel more like a chore rather than something fun and exciting to do in my free time. I do have a full time job and I do have a family. Keeping up with the blog was competing with these obligations for my time and attention so I chose to concentrate on these things for the meantime and let the blog alone for awhile.
Aside from the mental exhaustion, I was also beginning to feel weird vibes as I gained a readership and other people started commenting on what I wrote on the blog and letting me know that what I was saying is actually being heard. I started worrying if what I say will offend anyone—not just anyone but the many nice people from political groups who have contacted me and whom I liked on a personal level.
I started worrying when I had fundamental disagreements with or had reservations about the types of things some of these contacts adhered to pretty strongly and believed in quite fervently. I started worrying about writing anything that might alienate readers. Granted I wasn’t taking in thousands of readers per week like top flight political blogs but I was gaining a decent readership. I started worrying if I offended or disagreed with anyone, that I would lose this readership.
In short, all the things that I loved about blogs—their freewheeling, independent nature and highly personal points of view—was being replaced with a self-censoring and ultra-careful filter. When that started to happen, I knew it was time to take a break from blogging because whatever I write will be filtered through that lens. And I don’t want to be a blogger whose writings are filtered through those lens.
So right now I am trying to figure out how to re-draft my blog mission statement. So my expectations and my capabilities are in sync with the reader’s expectations. I will be honest right now and say that I do not have the time, resources, and energy to try and compete with top-flight political blogs. The types of blogs that have a significant readership and are constantly updated with news on the most recent events and happenings in the world of politics. I simply do not have the time or resources or a desire for this blog to be anything more than something I do for fun and a hobby.
What I will aim for is to be consistent with the theme and title of this blog—“An Ordinary Person and Politics in America”—a personal platform for my writings, thoughts, and ideas on politics and related matters. If it is of interest to anyone else but me (I don’t claim to speak for all ordinary people out there) I guess people will continue reading.