So with design help from Tom Coale I had the template for a blog and then it was up to me to figure out what I would write about. I talked with Dennis Lane about blogging at one of the first blog parties I attended and he said that to get readers you should try to post frequently. Dennis certainly had followed this path. I could see that some days he just posted a short blog on something he saw or thought interesting. He had a talent for this type of blogging that many of us admired. I decided to try and follow that pattern but have never been able to do it as well as Dennis did.
I have learned that there are folks out there who will post anonymous, harsh comments about some of my posts that show my liberal leanings. Some days I feel like developing a more political blog but generally try and stay away from controversial political issues except for a few I feel most passionately about. I also stay away from local politics and criticism of our local elected officials. This isn't hard because we have some of the most talented and fair officials one could hope for. That includes candidates of both parties. That says a lot about Howard County.
As my 5th year blogging begins I have thought that I might step back somewhat from daily posting and spend more time on fewer posts. Time will tell if this will work for me.
Finally I have to say that I know I would not be blogging if it weren't for the HoCo Blogs website and the work that Jesse Newburn does to energize and increase the number of bloggers we have in Howard County. Jesse is the reason we have such a healthy community of bloggers.
One thing that is somewhat disappointing is how few comments most of us get to our posts. It is always nice to hear from readers. I certainly don't mind if you comment with a disagreement on something I have said in a post but I wish you could at least post it with your name. Comments posted anonymously carry little weight.
Trash and recycling cancelled for Thursday. Schedule slides for rest of week.