Guest Post: A Response To “Elections Have Consequences” & Unnecessary Snark

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Crush Your Head

Since mw invited me to guest post on my own blog, because he apparently found a news item about the Tea Party I hadn’t, I thought I’d take him up on his thoughtful offer. I guess I’ll finally find out what it feels like to be him.

First, about the Tea Party stuff, great news. I’d be pleased to see even more stories like this regarding overall defense spending. Because, aside from Medicare, unnecessary defense spending is the biggest threat to our fiscal health. Glad mw saw that and posted it. It’s as if this whole idea of having other contributors makes a lot of sense!

So, to address the other point mw brought up…

Yes folks, I haven’t been blogging much lately. I know, huge surprise. Still, I’ve managed to write 36 posts in 2011. mw has written 11 on his blog and cross-posted 4 here. Think of that what you will.

But here’s some more perspective about blogging in general…

Donklephant was founded in July 2005. Since then I’ve written 6,460 posts. Thankfully, WordPress makes that number easy to find because I would have no idea otherwise. This will be post 6,461.

What that means is I have, on average, put up 3 posts a day for the past 6 years. And, on average, it takes about 30 minutes to read an article, look for other supporting facts and put something up. This is especially true when considering the type of blogging I like to do, which is more along the lines of reading something, sharing the news with you and offering my opinion.

If you add all that time up into your typical 16 hour days, I’ve spent about 7 and a half months creating content for this site. I say this not to complain or have you feel sorry for me. And if you do, don’t. I enjoy blogging and I’m lucky to have had so many interesting discussions with such a diverse crowd of people over the past 6 years. I’m a better, smarter person because of it. Well, at least I think I am. You’ll have to ask my friends if that’s actually true or not. Still, it has taken a lot of time and I’m not sure I’ve ever shared just how much it does with all of you.

And that’s not even taking into account the behind the scenes stuff that I have to deal with like deleting and approving comments, clearing out spam, archiving content, making sure the site is running effectively and taking part in the comments sections as well. Those conversations can be a huge time suck if you let them. Let’s just call it an even 8 months. :-)

So I’ve done all of that while maintaining a full time job, writing & producing & directing short films and web series, creating a new filmmaking fund here in Kansas City with the help of Robert Altman’s family and quite a bit more.

Oh, and I do have an actual life. Friends, family, a girlfriend, vacations, parties, concerts, movies, fine dining, sports. Yes, it’s a good time, and one of the reasons it’s that way is because blogging doesn’t dominate it. Sure, sometimes it has, but over the past year, I’ve been less interested in blogging…so I haven’t done it as much. The daily slog of the health care fight and the inanity of much of the Tea Party’s messaging made for a very uninteresting political conversation. There are only so many times you can point out that what somebody is calling unconstitutional is actually the exact opposite and the same goes for details of what is or isn’t in the health care legislation, if it’s bad, how much money it wil save, will it work, etc.

And I’m sure most of you have picked up on this by now, but I don’t aspire to be a political pundit. I don’t want to be on CNN. I don’t want to be on talk radio. I’m just trying to build a small little corner of the political blogosphere where people aren’t terrible to each other. And I think, for the most part, we’re accomplishing that.

So there you have it. I’m not going to promise any more or any less posting. What I will promise is that I’m sticking around. Hope that’s enough.

Oh, and mw…if you ever ask me to guest post on my own blog again…I will crush your head.


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  3. mw Says:

    You have a girlfriend?

  4. kranky kritter Says:

    So you have very little time to post these days. Ok. But then you find time for a lengthy, whiny, defensive post? 700 words roughly. All patting yourself on the back or smacking at MW?

    The Tea Party folks did in this instance put their money where their mouths were. And as MW pointed out, it’s directly relevant to the snarky challenge YOU issued. Isn’t it part of blogging biz that when you issue a snarky challenge and it’s clearly met, you get tweaked about it? Why not be a big boy about it?

    Of your 700 words, only a couple sentences were devoted to barely acknowledging the point that the tea party folks had managed to do something you had challenged them to do. The rest was defending yourself. You come off as extremely thin-skinned.

    I’m glad you have a full life and other interests and a full time job. That doesn’t change the basic fact that blogging success is all about what you’ve done lately. That’s not my rule, it’s cyberspace’s rule. No content, no traffic.

    I have a hard time swallowing the idea that there’s less in the way of interesting politics going on these days. Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Wisconsin, the debt-ceiling, and budget issues.

    I encourage you once again to do a weekly open thread. Among its many virtues is that the things that interest visitors will emerge.

  5. Solomon Kleinsmith Says:

    I don’t see what is wrong with someone who has put so much time into a thing to be torqued when someone on his own blog makes a comment seeming like they’re a guest on their own site. That kind of bullshit would never even make it live on my site.

  6. Justin Gardner Says:

    You have a girlfriend?

    That’s Mike. Always classy and always hitting above the belt.

  7. Justin Gardner Says:

    So you have very little time to post these days. Ok. But then you find time for a lengthy, whiny, defensive post? 700 words roughly. All patting yourself on the back or smacking at MW?

    Yes, that’s right. Tell you what, you do what I’ve done and then read something like that on your own blog. When that happens, let me know how you feel and what you would write. Until then, I’m not sure what you would have me say.

    The Tea Party folks did in this instance put their money where their mouths were. And as MW pointed out, it’s directly relevant to the snarky challenge YOU issued. Isn’t it part of blogging biz that when you issue a snarky challenge and it’s clearly met, you get tweaked about it? Why not be a big boy about it?

    Key words there, “in this instance.” And I acknowledged it. In fact, I would have written about it had mw contacted me via email. Instead he chose to try and embarrass me publicly with it. Kind of against the point of the site, don’t you think? So I’m very secure in who’s being the bigger man in this fight.

    Of your 700 words, only a couple sentences were devoted to barely acknowledging the point that the tea party folks had managed to do something you had challenged them to do. The rest was defending yourself. You come off as extremely thin-skinned.

    If I had posted about that news item it probably would have been a few sentences about how I challenged them and in this instance they rose to the occasion. Well done. I look forward to seeing more. Etc. The end.

    As far as defending myself, it really sounds like you don’t even think I should be able to. What’s a fair defense to you? Because my post was pretty straightforward and without much malice aimed at mw at all. At least none that wasn’t deserved for criticizing me for something that he himself wasn’t doing. 36 to 11. Come on kranky, you’re telling me I shouldn’t say “Ummm, wait a second mw…” when he hasn’t even blogged as much as I have this year? Or, for that matter, ever?

    I’m glad you have a full life and other interests and a full time job. That doesn’t change the basic fact that blogging success is all about what you’ve done lately. That’s not my rule, it’s cyberspace’s rule. No content, no traffic.

    And this is why I have other contributors. Honestly, I’d love for somebody to really step up and use what we’ve built to blog very frequently since I know I can’t do this forever. Still, I see a reality where I’m blogging a lot more frequently once I get some of these projects put to bed. It is what it is and I make no apologies for it.

    I have a hard time swallowing the idea that there’s less in the way of interesting politics going on these days. Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Wisconsin, the debt-ceiling, and budget issues.

    I blogged a bit about Egypt, but, again, I have been very busy. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to blog, but right now Donklephant isn’t a news source. Sorry. I got burnt out and I’m being honest about it. Still, I’ve managed to blog 3 times more than mw has on his own blog and 8 times more than here. So my conscience is clean in regards to how much I post.

    I encourage you once again to do a weekly open thread. Among its many virtues is that the things that interest visitors will emerge.

    I know Jacob does that from time to time, but if you’re really interested in it, I can give you posting privileges and you can do it. Just as long as you agree to hold true to the goals of the site.

  8. gerryf Says:

    Thanks Justin, for providing a moderate place on the web for people to post and comment.

    Most people realize that there is more to life than just the Internet blogosphere.

  9. Mike A. Says:

    I also would like to say thanks. Donklephant is the only blog I consistently read. Always interesting, and usually very intelligent.

  10. kranky kritter Says:

    Justin, MW’s post really didn’t seem like that big a deal to me at all. I perceived no malicious intent, just him having a little fun at your expense: a light needling.

    I was quite surprised to see you get so defensive about it, and at such length. That’s all.

    I don’t think anyone here thinks you owe them anything, or think you have been, you know, derelict. Or begrudge you any of your other pursuits. You seem in large part to be defending yourself from accusations that haven’t been made.

    Let’s be clear. This is YOUR blog. You don’t owe anyone else an apology for running it as you see fit. Period.

  11. Jacob Says:

    I’m on the open threads. I’m going to do one weekly when things pick up.

    Until then I’m just doing what feels right. I didn’t want to post one this weekend because there hasn’t been all that many real posts.

    Would you folks prefer once a week no matter what?

    Let me know.

  12. Justin Gardner Says:

    Justin, MW’s post really didn’t seem like that big a deal to me at all. I perceived no malicious intent, just him having a little fun at your expense: a light needling.

    Understood, but imagine you invited somebody into your house and they say, “Looks like the maid has taken the week off.” In the end, it was unnecessary at best and it obviously hit a nerve. Basically, “Yes Mike, I don’t write 3 posts a day anymore. You never have. Your point?”

    Also, while I know that people don’t feel they’re owed anything, the post wasn’t pointed at anybody in particular who reads it. However, I do think, as readers, you’re owed some type of explanation and reasons why. It’s the least I could do.

    Jacob, I think a weekly thread would be great, regardless of how much content we have. That way people can just talk about whatever they want.

  13. mw Says:

    FWIW – I thought this was just a fun give and get and found the whole thing – from “guest post” to “head crush” – quite amusing and enjoyable.

    The fact is that Justin is remarkably tolerant of contrarian opinion above the comment line on his blog and that is pretty unique in the blogosphere.

    Due to a personality defect, I find it amusing to explore the limits of that tolerance and have gotten pretty good a pushing buttons. That is probably why I was thrown off of RedState in 2006, and while I was never thrown off of Daily Kos, in 2008 I was threatened with castration by the commentariat and I am pretty sure that I was put on double secret probation or whatever it is that they do there. Justin and Donklephant has proven more to be more resilient, despite the occasional mob armed with torches and pitchforks storming the gates and demanding my head.

    Have a good time in Mexico, Justin. Your blog is in good hands.

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