Some things that popped into my head about blogs, since that's a topic currently making the rounds again.
One thing of which is the blog post that talks about how much you love your spouse and all. Hold onto your seat - but I think that's really pretty cool. You surprised? Too bad. I saw one recently themed around a birthday and it was really nice to read. Seriously cool and nicely done. But you know what - and this is not about that blog, but a few others - by about the 25th post where you tell us how much you love your spouse and all, I start to feel like I'm intruding. I can't read it any more. I get it. It's not that I'm not happy for you and all, y'know, I am - but... it probably stopped being my business 22 posts ago. Just sayin'.
I'm really not going to play the "I'm posting here so I can get you to come read my blog" game. After all these years I pretty much recognize it when I see it. So far nothing like that has happened here, but it probably will at some point. If you read, I'm happy about that, truly. If I read, it's for a reason. Maybe I like what you write, or how you write, or I know you and like you. I don't post so you'll check me out - AND THEN STOP POSTING WHEN YOU DON'T BECOME A REGULAR. Jesus, yeah? Don't play it. That's why it has literally been years since I used any kind of "who's coming here" feature or app, or count hits.
Earl was talking about splitting up subjects into varied blogs and the consensus there was pretty much "include it all in one" and I have to say that probably makes the most sense. What I need to do is edit myself better. A lot - lot - of my posts are self-serving bits of tripe. And since I believe you should remember you have people reading and the "I blog just for meeeeee" is really a load of crap at the end of the day it's probably about time I put my money where my mouth has been all this time, and quit being such an "h" word.
Regarding the bit about the "you visit me I visit you" stuff, I hesitated about showing that "follower" app on here. I think it's kind of odd and that's why I changed it to "friends" instead of "followers." But the real reason it's down there is because I'm probably not going to make a link list of other blogs, and unless I finally go use a feed reader like 99.999% of the world is, I'd like to just click down there to get to your blog. Then again since a lot of the blogs I read aren't on Blogger that probably won't work will it? Oh well. Guess I'll have to set up a reader thing. I have no idea how, as I've always just used my links. Gawd...
Politics in Washington and in state houses all around the country is now driven by dogma. Every issue now seems to be life and death along a strict and narrow checklist. In the effort to have politics become more transparent and responsive to "the people" we have created an atmosphere where compromise and pragmatism are bad words, and the people who say these words are run out of town on a rail. I never thought I'd say this - but I'm starting to miss the smoke filled rooms. At least then we didn't have to listen for our code words so we knew when to clap.
And the reason that last part is in there is because political blogs are just so much shit anymore.