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State of the blog

November, oddly enough, seems like it wasn’t a bad month for this Tohu Bohu of ours. I wrote 45 entries, which is quite a few more than previous months (Oct-34, Sept-37, Aug-22). Of those, only nine were Book Reports, so the increase isn’t entirely due to my having stocked up on comfort books. Six of the nine were re-reads, but then three new books in a month isn’t so terrible, either.

Of course, eight of the entries were related to my Parshah project; there were only 28 entries unrelated to either project. And three of those were simply passing along poems for occasions. Plus a few (for me) unusually short entries, simply pointing to other things. So if I want to be depressed about not being a productive blogger, there’s hope.

Actually, I have been particularly depressed (note: stop reading now, as what follows is self-pitiful whinging) about the way this Tohu Bohu exposes one of my most intractable character flaws. I have, in a year and a half or so, started a variety of projects: an examination of 21 Conservative Tenets, of which Your Humble Blogger examined 17; a discussion of The Tipping Point, which I abandoned before discussing the last chapter or writing any conclusory note; my attempt to analyze the convention speeches, which petered out before actually analyzing the two main speeches of the first convention; my abortive attempt at a Book Club, which got up to the fourth chapter out of twelve; and an Oscars game which as of yesterday had no entries. Today, though, there has been an initial entry to the Oscars game, which may not have to be abandoned after all, and I’m able to remind myself that I have written over a hundred Book Reports and am only thirty-one days away from successfully completing that year’s project. I’ve also (I think) well begun on my Parshah project, which although it hasn’t generated the kind of discussion on the blog I had wanted has been immensely valuable to Your Humble Blogger. And, after all, it’s not as if I didn’t already know that I have very little discipline. OK, end whinging and go back to boasting.

I am particularly pleased to have ninety comments (that is, 90 made during the month of November; there may well be more comments made on November entries). That’s pretty good; October only had 69, five or six of which rightly belonged to September (particularly chatty with 92 comments of its own). On the other hand, 22 of my November notes totally failed to elicit comments, from 15 in October and 12 in September, so I’m writing more but less provocatively. Or, of course, my Gentle Readers have limits.

Anyway, November 2003 I wrote sixteen entries and had 41 comments, so things are looking up. And I seem to do better in the Spring than the Fall, so there’s the chance that by May I’ll be writing sixty entries and have a hundred and fifty comments (that, Gentle Readers, is a joke).

None of this naval gazing gets me any closer to the essential question of why am I doing this and its concomitant am I doing it well, but the important thing is that I have learned how to spell concomitant, which has fewer t’s and m’s than I expected.

Thank you,


There are two approaches to voluntary projects, right? You can take the time at the outset to stop and do a full analysis of your available time and relative commitment to the project, and then decide whether to proceed. Or you can throw it out there, and let the marketplace of your schedule dictate whether or not it happens and for how long.

I tend towards the latter approach --- i propose many more projects than i have time for. When i am feeling energetic, i get some things done, and happiness ensues. When i am feeling depressed, the extra projects constitute one more way in which i'm failing myself and the world. But i think that, on balance, it's valuable to have them, and, if i thought too much about it at the outset, i probably wouldn't.

FWIW, i'm quite grateful that you're doing the weekly parasha, since it's helping to keep me on track. Commenting is a slow process, so you shouldn't think you're being uninteresting if your readers sometimes follow along in silence.

At any rate, every time i click over here and find new entries, it makes me happy, so i think you should keep it up. :>)

Amen to that. And I love the idea of the marketplace of my schedule, to accompany the marketplace of ideas and the marketplace of commerce. Sort of a marketplace of time, but more evocative.

this is the marketplace of marketplaces. i bid 10.

20, and I call an end to the bidding. Please ship the marketplace to my work address by UPS Collect, insured for its replacement cost.

certainly, sir. a pleasure to do business as always.

perhaps this is not the best method of marketing marketplaces; perhaps it will not succeed the marketplace of marketplace marketplaces.

in the marketplace of marketplace marketplace marketplaces.

In general, it's very safe to assume RAEBNC from me if I don't say anything on an entry. And please don't feel guilty about starting projects and not finishing, or you might make me feel guilty about the same!

Does NPR's Marketplace report on the marketplace of marketplace marketplace marketplaces?

Chaos and

the essential question of why am I doing this and its concomitant am I doing it well. . . ?
is best addressed with your consciousness that you are seen by your readers as both student and teacher, Vardibidian.

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