My posting has been pretty light in recent years, but I felt like I should at least commemorate another anniversary of this blog which dates back to November 15, 2004. Recently, I listened to an episode of Dan Carlin’s Common Sense podcast. I forget exactly how he phrased it, but he felt adrift in the current political climate which had caused him not to feel comfortable making the show. Under the old framework, he felt knowledgeable and felt like he had insight into what was going on that he could share. In a political landscape with Trump and all that comes with him, that feeling wasn’t there.
I can’t blame my light posting entirely on that feeling. This blog was started with a focus on state government. But, frankly, it’s hard to focus on what the study committee has to say about cold beer sales when confronted with the spectacle of ostensibly moral people going into contortions trying to defend a pedophile to save a Senate seat for “their” side or the President’s son incriminating himself in the Russia scandal or whatever the dumpster-fire-of-the-day might be in D.C. Sometimes I can’t resist blogging about that stuff, but the bright shiny national stories are generally pretty well covered.
Besides that, since Facebook and Twitter came around, blogging has always felt a bit like running into a headwind. There’s the immediate gratification of pounding out 140 characters with something pithy and immediately getting likes or replies. And, of course, there is work, family, coaching soccer, community involvement, etc. etc.
On the other hand, I do like having a place where I’ve been able to collect some thoughts over the years; and I’ve made a lot of friends through this effort. And, bill season is always fun. So, I’ll keep at it, and see if I can add any value with Year 14.