Well isn’t this nice! Steve M at No More Mister Nice Blog wrote, Gone for a While. He then proceeded to take the next week off. He had his blogger friends cross post things to his blog so it wasn’t dead for the week. And here I am (it is 14 August as I write this), having spent the last two weeks writing more and more ahead just so that I could keep this blog going. But the big boys, well, they are just “gone for a while.” It must be nice. I wish I had such a cushy unpaid job!
The problem seems to be that I don’t play well with others. I know other bloggers. But I’ve come to the conclusion that if I get too close to them, they will find (Just like my wives!) that they don’t like me that much. I do tend to have a bit on the difficult side. Of course, I think the problem is mutual. Blogging is not something you are good at if you are calm and steady. It selects for the volatile and opinionated. But clearly, other people manage to get along better than I do.
I’m well aware that I can front load articles. Steve M is a news cycle blogger. He stays up to date on what’s going on in a way that is remarkable. It is one of the reasons that I keep him in my RSS feed. Just the same, there is a reason that I am not a news cycle blogger. I’m not that interested. Both No More Mister Nice Blog and P M Carpenter’s Commentary — two blogs that I’ve greatly admired for years — have been so filled with Donald Trump news the last month that it makes me want to scream!
But even for me, writing a week in advance has been hard. Normally, I try to arrange things — slot topical articles in early and move more evergreen articles later. But I haven’t been doing that recently. I think this is the 44th scheduled article. It’s far too complicated right now. I don’t even know what I’ve written at this point. But most of it is pretty general, because I’m not that interested in election news. The truth is that I’m one of those killjoys who likes to remind everyone that the presidential election is all about the economy anyway.
Still, it would be nice to get away from all of this. I’d love to have some blogging chums who would step up and pinch hit for me. Then again, maybe the real reason I don’t do that is because I fear if I stop grinding out content, I will never return to it. I am a man of habits. But I even wonder now, will there be new material up on Sunday?! As it is, I’m so exhausted, I can’t even remember the theme I was going to use for the week’s Morning Music — and I had about ten ideas. God, I need a vacation just from preparing for this vacation! I wish I were Steve M…