Every once in awhile I check under the old WordPress dashboard to see what I’ve been doing. This here post is number 475, and falls a bit shy of the end of my fifth year of blogging. By the time I get to that particular anniversary (April 18), I hope to have received about 450,000 visits to the blog. I think that’s a lot, but in comparison to others, maybe not so much. Considering that about 425,000 are probably visits from Gideon, maybe I shouldn’t be so proud. 😉
I never really expected that I’d be maintaining this for 5 years when I first started out. I figured, oh, a year, two tops. There was a period when I felt a little burned out, when I thought I had nothing to say, and contemplated shutting it down. Then I got a second wind, and now I think I’ve found my optimal pace. 6 posts a month is what works now. Sometimes more, sometimes less. The pace of visits has slowed down too, but that’s OK. I write about what I want, for me, and I suspect most people don’t find it all that interesting. Personally, I have much more fun reading other blogs written by younger bloggers, or those more energetic and prolific than me, so I have no problem with others who feel the same way.
I truly think there will be a lot of good topics to ruminate about in the upcoming months and years, such as :
- The American elections – Will Obama be able to defeat the forces of evil, i.e Republicans and Bible thumpers and bigots who have a serious problem with a black man in the White House, and successfully get re-elected? There’s a lot of good things to write about there, like the idiocy of the current slate of Presidential contenders, to the use of the free flowing funds of the 1% who, most likely, to a man (no women), are spending out their asses to defeat him.
- The rise and strengthening of atheism in America, as shown by the great turnout at the Reason Rally (officially about 25,000, more than Glenn Beck was able to attract to his little Tea Soiree’ last year). I predict that after the elections, there will be a few more politicians in Congress who will publicly out themselves, as Representative Pete Stark has done.
- More Tim Minchin videos.
- Unfortunately, before the elections I think we’ll see more anti-critical thought, anti-science, anti-intellectualism in the various legislatures and municipalities across America. Stupidity, and its counterpart, religiosity, appears to have become emboldened by the Republican’s outright attack on Obama, as exemplified by the right’s attack on women, via laws involving abortion, contraception, and science, along with many legislature’s attempt to destroy or water down the separation of Church and State. This will take awhile to die down, what with all the litigation engendered by all this, but remember, legislatures are comprised primarily of lawyers (like me) so they are just keeping us in business in a slow economy. I should be thankful…
- The polarization of America. it’s clear that we are slowly, yet inexorably, moving into two different camps in America. There’s some cross-feeding, but for the most part it seems that we are either conservatives or liberals, Republicans or Democrats, whites or blacks, (or, more accurately, whites or everyone else), religious or non-religious, the 1% or the 99%, assholes or free-thinkers (now there’s a dichotomy). I don’t think this is a good thing, and it’s possible we are being manipulated into this to distract us while those who can are picking our pockets (the 1%?), and if it continues, nothing will get done in the country. To a certain extent, I find myself caught up in it, with this blog being a result. We need to find ways to get along with each other, rather than beat each other up over ideological differences. If we don’t things are going to seem worse, not better, even if things really aren’t changing much at all.
So, it’s doubtful I will ever be without fodder for my grist mill of indignation and ridicule. I’m so looking forward to it.