That popping sound you heard was me pulling my head out of my ass. I realized I had been moping around doing a lot of pissing and moaning about how busy I was and how tired I was of writing about the same issues day-in-and-day-out — yeah, like I EVER wrote daily — week after week, month after long month stretching into year after year.
It seemed like Ye Olde Blogge has yet to change the world. I tell ya, WordPress has some ‘splainin’ to do. “Start a blog,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. “You’ll change the world,” they said. Hrmph.!
In addition, real life wasn’t letting up, either. Somehow, I realized, in years past, I had gotten a lot MORE done: I had published two to three posts a week, answered comments, and pimped the blog on social media all the while while keeping up with work and family and fun.
Whaz UP!?! Pros and Cons
Something changed along the way, though. One of the things was the Whaz Up!?! column.
- Letting folks know what I was up to
- Pimping other blogs
- Paying the link backs forward
Those were all net pluses. Also, I could see how many people were actually reading the post as opposed to when I was just putting a blurb in the right hand menu.
It started to feel oppressive after a while and seemed to come to be the main thing I was posting. I got to where I didn’t like it. It was harshing my mellow as the kids say.
By making it a weekly column, it just came to dominate the blog and wasn’t focused on the main things that I really wanted to talk about.
So, here’s the first installment of the fortnightly (or so) new regularly irregular column.
What Was That?
Other than making some blogging decisions, I’ve been busy busy busy. We’ve report cards coming out, so getting everything graded and entered into the new fangled digital cloud-based class and school management program took up way more time and caused way more consternation — and profanity, which isn’t always a bad thing — than when we kicked it old school and kept a ledger book of attendance and grades and filled out a paper report card.
We also had parent teacher conferences, which are always fun, and I mean that… sincerely. Stop sniggering, you. I like meeting parents and talking about their kids and how they’re doing. You learn so much about your students and their families that way. Believe me, you’ve got an “Ah ha!” moment for each one.
We had our school’s open house day where parents visited, students performed, food was served, and the faculty demonstrated our various and sundry academic abilities. In other words, we spent hours in the heat doing and saying the same things over and over again while parents were barely entertained. In all it was a good event. It went smoothly. There were interesting things going on all over the school. Here’s hoping it wasn’t a super spreader event.
We’ve been trying to get La Petite Fille to complete her assignments for school so they can be graded. I could be a dentist for all the effort it has taken. The closer to graduation we get, the more resistance there is. We’ll have formed a blackhole by June at this rate.
We have a friend visiting from out of town, so I might could just do some intracountry travel with him. That could be fun, but also take me away from the blog. You know busy stuff.
These are folks that have done me the honor of linking to my blog posts. I’ve enjoyed visiting their blogs and reading their stuff. You should do. And, leave a sign of life while you’re there. Every blogger appreciates it.
- UNSCREWING THE POLLS. BobCabKing’s Scrappings of the Day segment is a daily fragment of a column that I could get behind. There is just so much out there. Take this one, accessing people using their favored communication method, i.e. texting, just might could give more accurate results than every other method. Can’t wait to hear Nate Silver whine about this! (Of Cabbages and Kings).
- ICYMI Tengrain runs a piece about our fAvOrItE senator, Joe Mansion telling Fortune 500 CEO’s that Medicare, Social Security, and other safety net programs are going broke and dragging us under and need to be “fixed.” I guess, the fix is in unless we can increase the Senate majority by two and keep the House. (Mock Paper Scissors)
- SAME BUT DIFFERENT! There’s lots of talk of fascism coming to America, but what will America be like under fascism? Fascinating question because for white Americans, it won’t be very different… just less diverse, but who’s going to notice that, amirite? (Homeless on the High Desert)
- NOT GOOD PERSONAL NEWS is happening over at friend-of-the-blog’s Burr Deming’s blog. Spare him a thought and a prayer if you have any to spare. (Fair and Unbalanced)
- JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE… to go back to the Antarctic, ANOTHER gay penguin couple has adopted ANOTHER orphaned penguin chick to raise. Maybe, God isn’t homophobic afterall. (Scottie’s Playtime)
- CASTRATE THE COUNTRY, get fired! That’s what happened to MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross, when she suggested cutting off America’s dick, Florida-De Santis-Trump-Lidl’ Marco et al. take your pick for America’s dick. Talk about cutting off your dick despite your face. Mike’s Blog Roundup is being curated by driftglass. (Crooks and Liars)
- UM… UH… BOO? It’s a spooktacular round up of spooky meme’s! (Infidel 753)
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