Often when I step back and actually think about what I’m doing here and why this “blog” exists; I can’t really come up with too many good reasons.
I don’t make any money on it, and I don’t really care to do what it would take to do so. Besides the time factor, begging, groveling, and kissing ass is not in my genetic makeup.
I know that I’m not going to change the world. I’m many things, but delusional I’m not.
I don’t think that I’m going to get discovered by Fox News and asked to be part of the five. I would turn it down anyway because I couldn’t bear to be in the same room, much less around the same table, with that blowhard Bob Beckel.
#1: Because I can. There are many things that I’d like to do, but can’t – this I can.
#2: It’s cathartic –plain and simple. I know it’s a bit self-indulgent, but I don’t self-indulge excessively in my day to day life, so why not? I do however plan on self-indulging at the barbecue I’ll be attending later on today, if you know what I mean. Don’t worry, I’m walking there – one of the great things about NYC neighborhoods, you don’t need to drive everywhere.
#3: I want to be part of the national dialogue; I don’t like standing on the sidelines. I can’t stand to hear the abject stupidity coming out of the mouths of my fellow human beings without getting in my own two cents. Just knowing that a couple of thousand people can hear (read) me call Rosie O’Donnell an idiot feels good. Where else could I get that kind of audience?
#4: I know this one is a stretch, but if I can save my work perhaps my grandchildren can one day know a bit more about me and the times I was living in. I would love to know more about my late grandfather. I would love to know what he thought about things when he was growing up and during his service in World War Two. After he passed I realized that I didn’t really know too much about him. I know his history and other obvious things, but I feel that I don’t really know enough.
#5: To just annoy certain people – if only even one!
There was a “blog post” that was recently brought to my attention by one of the “big” conservative websites (or is it blogs) titled ‘The Slow, Painful Coming Death Of the Independent, Conservative Blogosphere.’ That title is slow and painful, but anyway, this blogger tells the rest of us to “either get big, or go home.”
Well, that right there is another reason I’ll stay around for at least another couple of years. I’m not a big fan of being told what to do, whether it’s coming from our government or from the top echelon of the so-called conservative blogosphere. It’s also worth pointing out that “the big guys” ultimately get to decide who else becomes big. But that’s for another post and another time – but believe me, it’s coming.
I don’t want to sound for even a second like your typical OWS robot, but the blogosphere has long become corporatized. In fact, I really don’t understand what “blogging” means anymore. For instance: I believe that the Drudge Report is not a blog because Mr. Drudge doesn’t write anything himself or state his own opinions. Drudge is a news aggregation site – am I right?
Anyway, this blogger/website seems to believe that if you aren’t getting hundreds of thousands, if not millions of visitors per day, you don’t really have a reason to stay around. I couldn’t disagree with him more. What he’s telling blogs like mine is exactly what the mainstream media was and still is telling sites like his. But then again, his goal (as is most likely the goal of all the “big bloggers”) is to eventually make the jump up the rung and into the mainstream media.
Getting back to my own reasons for a second; if I lived and grew up in Idaho I would most likely never have started blogging about politics. I started partly out of frustration from growing up and living around the liberals that rule NYC. I thought that my perspective was a bit different than a perspective coming from a conservative in a conservative state. I also thought that I could possibly bond with my fellow conservative New Yorkers. By the way; conservatives who live in NYC tend to be more passionate than most other conservatives. Being conservative here is hard. It’s hard socially, and it’s hard professionally. So for some self-appointed Kings, or should I say King-Makers, to tell me to pack it in and go home only strengthens my resolve to continue. Again; even if to annoy but only one person.
P.S. The vast majority of my readers are not New Yorkers and I greatly appreciate their support of the site. After all, If America was only New York we would already be a Socialist state marching quickly towards Marxism. Believe me; I appreciate all my friends in the Red States for holding off the left-wing onslaught. Though I just happen to be a New Yorker, I’m an American first and foremost.