During my recent vacation, I thought a lot about why I got into political blogging. I realized that I’ve been blogging for well over a year now without a significant break.
I started Connecticut Bob with one primary purpose, and that purpose was to do everything possible to help Ned Lamont win. I originally intended to bow out immediately following the November election. After the election, many of my colleagues urged me to keep the blog going. I agreed to continue for as long as possible. Lately however, I've been finding the effort of writing and maintaining the blog has become way too much of a chore instead of the fun and challenging hobby it was last year.
For instance, when I heard about Bush giving Libby a free pass for his crimes, my very first thought was, "Oh shit, now I gotta write something about it!" When that becomes my first reaction to a major story like that instead of excitement, it’s obviously time for me to take a break.
Maura told me “I think we all are learning in our own way that a sustained diet of outrage and injustice is just not healthy, even if the Bush administration, its cronies, and even some Democrats seem determined to feed us nothing else. But life is short, and we gotta have some balance.”
Because I don't run a community blog, it's impossible for me to simply hand over the reigns to anyone else. I find that I envy Branford Boy for his opportunity to exit gracefully from the daily grind of maintaining his blog. My Left Nutmeg continues to be a vibrant and informative blog. Sadly, I don't have that option.
I have a sailing blog that I still enjoy immensely, and I occasionally post on my filmmaking blog; and I've become active in local politics with being on the DTC here in Milford, so I've got plenty to keep me busy. And I'll post an occasional diary on MLN if I come up with something I think especially newsworthy. I'll still shoot videos when it's convenient or if something really big is happening. I'm not going to stop being a progressive activist or a blogger by any means.
But I really need a break. I'm going to keep the blog up indefinitely, and I'll post occasionally on matters of importance, and especially on Kerri Rowland's mayoral campaign. But I'm going to cut back on trying to post daily, which will relieve the burden quite a bit. Hopefully I'll be back in full swing sometime soon.
Thanks for reading, and I appreciate your support.