I am thinking about ending, or temporary “suspending” my blog. Now there may be a few readers out there that may actually “applaud” my decision to end my blog. Maybe there are a few readers that may think: “Finally❗ This bloviated blow-hard has finally come to his senses❗ No one reads his stupid blog anyway ❗”
“HA❗” 🤣 “He calls himself “blogger’❓”
“He should write for a ‘real’ outfit, like ‘The Huffington Post,’ or ‘The Daily Cos,’ or ‘The Daily Caller.'”
OK, OK, call me “minor league,” but at least I’m trying. What am I not “trying hard” to do❓ Writing of course. Writing is the EASIEST PART of blogging.
On Friday, November 26, 2021 it was reported that the iconic musical composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim passed away in his Roxbury Connecticut home.
Stephen Sondheim wrote melodies and lyrics for over a dozen Broadway musicals including West Side Story, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Into The Woods, and Gypsy.
Sondheim has won a staggering nine Tony Awards and eight Grammy Awards. Sondheim also won an Academy Award, and President Barack Obama Awarded Mr. Sondheim the “Presidential Medal of Freedom,” which, along with the “Congressional Medal of Honor,” are the highest civilian awards of the United States, akin to being knighted by the Queen of England.
I liken writing to playing golf. I practiced both when I was a lad, growing up. I have not found a way to make a living doing either skill. I do believe that I am a much better writer than I am a golfer. But in my life I have made just as much money playing golf as I have made writing: A grand total of: ZERO DOLLARS.
The difference is that while I can improve both my golf game and my writing, I have a better chance of making a buck to two using my writing skills to earn a living than using my golfing skills.
A quick gander at my statistics reveal that 1️⃣9️⃣7️⃣ of my readers are from India, 5️⃣6️⃣ are from Pakistan, and 1️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ are from the United States. Fourth is Romania, and comming up fifth is the United Kingdom.
These statistics are interesting as I consider my blog to be decidedly “American” in nature. I live in the United States. I comment on American news events. Not that I have little interest in what is going on in Europe, India, or Pakistan. But readers in Romania, India, and Pakistan are interested in what I AM WRITING. I am honored to appeal to an audience beyond the Western Hemisphere.
A glance at the latest statistics from Worldometers.com show that four of the top five countries with “New Cases” of coronvirus are from Europe. Eight out of the top ten countries that have new cases across the globe are in Europe. And twelve out of the top twenty nations with new cases of coronovirus are in Europe. The United States is in the top ten, in sixth place for new cases worldwide.
Coronovirus continues its hold around the word as a public health and safety concern. Over 2️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Americans and Russians combined, and over 3️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ people world wide continue to die from COVID-19 each day.
A “Happy Thanksgiving.” I personally have much to be thankful for. I received a great education, and even though I have yet to “monetize” on my education, I remain “curious, and always learning.”
I am reading a book written by the one of the concierges of a building where I reside. The book is called “High Rise: The Observations and Secrets of a Doorman.” The book is a series of vignettes and sketches of the various residents of the building where he works. The book serves as an inspiration for me to write every day. I thank God for my writing skills and talents.
1️⃣0️⃣3️⃣ words is not enough to flesh all this out and examine it at many different angles. So this story might take a few days “to parce through.” The facts of the case are not in dispute. What is in dispute is the context of what he did.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a seventeen year young child brought an AR-15 to a Black Lives Matter rally. Did he fire his weapon in self-defense? Was he a murderer?
Rittenhouse probably did feel threatened. We also could say he murdered two innocent people and severely wounded a third. Two things can be true at the same time.
One of the reasons why I made a self-imposed limit to the word length of each post was to test my resolve. I wanted to prove to myself that I could limit my postings to a specific number, and “go no further.” I have a tendency to write more than is absolutely neccessary, writing inordinately long posts. So keeping my blog to a set number of words, I have to be mindful of how many words to write for specific blog post. I look forward to a bright future where I can write and not be concerned about running out of words.
After 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ days where am I going to take my blog? Should I continue to share my views on what’s going on in Washington, and possibly elsewhere in the world? Or should I take my blog in a “new” direction, writing more personally about me. What makes me tick? Who am I, and what types of experiences shaped my world view? How did I get my ideas, and what personal ideas do I have? This blog grows one word per day. So in the future I will have more room in my posts to elaborate my ideas more fully and completely.
I want to thank all of my loyal “followers” an “readers.” I can’t list you all by name, lest I miss one or two people. At least I can not list you now, as I “only” have one hundred words in my blog post. But, rest assured, I will start “naming” my followers and “friends” as soon as I, let’s say, get to the “1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ word” mark. 150 words may be the “sweet spot,” where I can actually make a point or two, and still have “words left over” to add a link or recommendation. Thanks for reading.