Thursday, September 28, 2006

putting my mouth where my money is

Blogging just has to go for a while. If you get a call from someone at asking you to vote, roust other voters or just generally get busy electing a congress that can arrest the slide of our democracy toward fascism, that someone might be me. Probably won't be me 'cause there are a lot of us at these phone banks but just maybe.

You could help us out yourself!


janet said...

I am glad to see you are planning on doing something like this. I would like to say that I commend you for choosing a more worthwhile way to spend your time. I must be honest here in that I have perused blogdom for a year and still have no wish to have a blog of my own. There is already plenty out there being said on other blogs over and over and over again, so much so that I wonder if everyone is spending their time blogging for egomaniacal (sp) purposes rather than doing in real life what needs to be done. So, again, I commend you for choosing to be absent for a while.

GreenSmile said...

I go back and forth on this one Janet. I have niether the connections, the insight or the time to be a real force of change like the big league bloggers so what could I add? Its clear from people's reading habits that only a few hundred people have ever read anything I wrote. And its likely they were reading my blog because they already agreed with my basic points of view. Writing to change people,s minds is much more powerful craft than I possess while writing "me too" posts and preaching to the choir is easier, pleasant and unnecessary. Beside a modicum of wit and the occasional fact from the science press that most readers hadn't seen, I really don't have anything new. So other than a kind of electronic placard for me to hoist amid much bigger and brighter ones, its doubtful my blog has much impact beyond being an increment of one in the census of liberal bloggers.

But on the other hand, it is a kind of engagement that works for me. It is mildly addictive and I have some new aquaintences, some quite likable if you study the commenting, and some really smart and always with a slightly different set of information they bring to the conversation. If you already have an active political and social life maybe you don't need a blog. For me, it seems to have led to other involvement and whether I outgrow blogging or my blogging just changes, the changes in my life are good.

janet said...

My sentiments exactly.
For people like you and me, apart from honing our writing and thinking skills, and making new friends (like the Ham operators of yesteryear), I am not sure this blogging is for either of us. Too much of it is an exercise in narcissism.
I wish I lived near you, because I think I would like to get to know you. In my experience, it's not possible in this electronic medium to do such a thing satisfactorily, especially when identities are anonymous.
Anyway, let's both do what we can to get this country back on track, if that's at all possible anymore.
BTW, a friend went to Sweden last month.
She saw not a single SUV.
That says a lot about our country, in my opinion.

JahTeh said...

I hope you don't give it away Greensmile. You might be preaching to the choir but you preach in such a way that I gain new insight with every post.
My blog is simply froth and bubble but it satisfies a need to communicate which I can't do in real life.
Good luck in November but GWB might declare himself Emperor, he's mad enough to do it.

janet said...

Yes, JahTeh, I see your point exactly. Keep up your good work, indeed, becaue I love it.
And, GS, I might have been out of line. My feelings about blogging run the gamut from week to week, moment to moment. There is a myriad of reasons for blogging so who am I to judge.

GreenSmile said...

And those of us who aren't crazy or too lazy yet are mad enough to stop the dumb SOB.