I've not been blogging recently, for a number of reasons. And I notice with some inner satisfaction and solidarity that I'm not the only one whose blogging rate and volume has fallen off. One of my favorite bloggers, Bookworm Room, has noted that many conservative or right-wing blogs, including her own, have reduced the quantity and frequency of their postings since the Presidential election. I don't find that surprising at all. As she explained,
A lot of air went out of my tire when the election ended. Obama is now a fait accompli and I’m just watching and waiting. So far, he’s shown himself to be every bit as dishonest as I had anticipated. The surprise, though, is that his dishonesty is hewing slightly conservative, not radically progressive — showing that he’s no fool.
Obama said anything and did anything to get elected and, now that he’s elected, is discovering that Bush wasn’t the idiot everyone (Obama included) said he was. Still, Bush is still President, and Obama still has his scary entourage, many of whom he recovered from under the bus. I suspect I’ll have a lot to blog about come the latter part of January and onwards from there.
(For more regarding Obama's lying, she posts here
I too suffered from election fatigue and deliberately drew back from all
media for awhile, including no longer putting any time at all into my own posts. Nothing I could say right after the election would change anything or anybody very much, and I needed some respite from all the time and attention I had been putting into trying to make a difference in the election. After a few days, although I wasn't posting, I was back to surfing my other favorite websites, very grateful for the fact that those wonderful, talented, diligent others (see the sites in my sidebar) were still on the job. I consider their contributions vital and important (not to mention infinitely more important, significant, influential, and entertaining, of course, than my own).
Bookworm also admitted she had noticed she was repeating herself and had grown tired of that
I feel as if I’m trapped in an infinitely repeating loop. I return endlessly to the same things when I blog (bad Democrats; bad Islamists; weak, foolish Republicans; crazy San Franciscans, etc., ad nauseum)...
I’m really not sure how I’m going to escape this stale feeling. I think we’re living in momentous times, and I truly believe that blogs are still an important means of communication in the coming years — especially if the Democrats succeed with their “unfairness” act. I’d like to be a part of this continuing communications revolution, but I’m concerned that I’m not snapping out of my own personal time warp, in which everything I say now, I’ve said before. For the time being, I’ll continue to attribute my mental malaise to post election fatigue (about which many commented at yesterday’s party), and assume that, come the true Obama administration (as opposed to this lame duck period), I’ll become intellectually reinvigorated and surprise you all with something fresh! The good thing is that, while I may be stale, others are still turning out wonderful stuff. (Although not as much as usual, so I suspect that others in the blogoshere are suffering from the same flat feeling.)...
Yup. I second all that. The funny thing is, Bookworm is now back to posting invigorating essays well before January and the ascension of PEBO [President Elect Barack Obama]. You just can't keep a good blogger down. Writers gotta write, just like water's gotta flow downhill.
I've been much lazier, in some sense, because I'm a lot less important in the grand scheme of blogging. I've had reactions to, and opinions about, daily events--but so what? Big deal. I've also deliberately made a point to spend more time with my family, and less time glued to the computer screen (today is the first exception). I've been trying to make up a little for neglecting my family and my other chores as I did in the last few days before the election.
Now, as every mother knows, it is the busiest time of the year for those of us who celebrate Christmas. Mothers (and sisters, wives, and daughters) are expected to do a million and one unseen and collectively time-consuming little things in a long line of day-by-day small steps that bring off the kind of Christmas everyone looks forward to. All of that takes time, concentration, and focus. That's what I've been doing since Thanksgiving. And it's been fun.
This blog just doesn't pay me enough to be the major focus of my attention, especially at this busiest time of the year. And I wouldn't have it any other way!
So now, that's it for blogging today. I'm off to coddle my daughter, who has a cold and sore throat, proofread my son's AP Lit research paper, and then put up some Christmas lights to outline our family room window and then go choose and bring home our 2008 Christmas tree.
May all of you be feeling merry and bright, and have (or make) time to enjoy the reasons for this season.
Labels: blogging hiatus, Christmas