Get your crocodile tears ready: I’ve found it very hard to blog lately. It’s not that I don’t have things I want to say, it’s that I have things I don’t want to publish. Very different things.
My decision to withdraw politics from my Facebook posts is part of the reason, since the Networked Blogs autoposts inject politics back into my Facebook every time I blog about something political (soon to change). But more than that, I’m just over all the negativity.
This year, I’ve had a pretty high number of blog posts that I’ve written and never published (or sometimes even finished). Invariably, they were about something political, usually fact-checking, correcting or even mocking a political adversary, and each time I just stopped. “No,” I’d often say to myself, “I just don’t want to go there.” And that was that.
And yet, sometimes it’s necessary to comment on the negative in order to highlight the positive. This is where I struggle the most—I don’t want to even mention most of the negative stuff our adversaries get up to. This is true for both the US and New Zealand, by the way.
I go through this from time to time, and other times I get into a trough of negativity, a place I don’t want to dwell. But neither do I want to be Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows all the time. That’s why sometimes blogging—especially as a daily blogger—is difficult.
Maybe I should just worry less and share more, come what may. I know my upcoming political posts are all positive; I guess that’s enough for now. In any case, if I skip blogging for a day or two, you'll know why.