A couple of days ago I spoke of some changes that I wanted to make to the blog. Some of these will be about content, some will be about publishing. None of these changes will be a radical departure, but I'll explain as I get into the nuts and bolts of what's going to happen.
1). I'll be doing fewer national political stories- I said fewer, not excluding them altogether. I've decided to do this because of the redundancy that happens in the blogesphere; hundreds of posts about the same subject with an equal amount being buried in the shuffle. There's alot of people out there writing about national issues, and doing it better and more passionately than me.
2). Instead, I'll be writing more New Jersey related entries, and about topics that may be flowing under the radar. I just heard of the new poll that says Chris Christie could beat Barack Obama in a general election. I guess those voters in other states are smarter than we are here in New Jersey regarding our governor, you know, the guy who went to Disney World while his state was buried (in parts ) with three feet of snow, and who returned to blame anyone but himself for any problems encountered while he was away? No, there's plenty to write about here in New Jersey. And the "under the radar" people and topics always seem to get the most response from readers, and the most comments. There will be books, movies, and TV reviews as well....and the odd national topic discussed, just not as frequently.
3). I'm going to be posting less. This has become a necessity for me, and without going into too many details, I'll try to explain. As many of you know, I'm the primary caregiver to both of my 80-something parents. Their needs are becoming more acute with each passing month- nothing life threatening or anything like that, just more frequent and time consuming. For example, I just went through a five day stretch where I took my Dad to three different doctors in that time frame, all during New Year's weekend- nothing big, just routine maintenance for eighty year olds. Some of the more mundane tasks they used to perform alone now need an extra pair of hands, meaning me. So, I'm kind of on call, 24/7. Hey, it's my job, man! And I wouldn't trade it for the world.
4). I need more personal time for me. I do need to sneak away for personal time whenever possible, just to recharge and clear my head. And as much as I like blogging and the exchange of ideas, it's becoming clear that I do need to get away from the keyboard more often, and smell the roses. I need to do a few more things for me.
5.)Finally, I'm thinking about renaming the blog. Maybe redesigning it as well. Did you ever just get a point when you look at your hosue and just need to paint it? Well, that's how I'm feeling right now.
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".