Post #400

Somewhat of a personal milestone, this post is number 400.  Things have definitely changed since that first post back in October 2005.

When I first started blogging, Delphi had just declared Chapter 11.  I was also trying to find a direction or theme for the blog.  Thus, a little bit of this, that, and the other, and the blog looks changed every now and then (and it still does!).  But then, some things haven’t changed either.

Looking back over various posts over the years, I do wonder why I keep doing this.  Like Jen in one of her posts, I too get tired of watching & commenting as the world as we know it seems to be coming apart at the seams.  Thus, the eternal question (?) begs to be asked:

Why do we blog?

For me, it’s needing to comment, rant, or otherwise write about a world gone mad to a larger audience, even though I may jokingly state there are around 6 to 8 1/2 readers of the blog, there are more (at least that’s what my traffic counter states).   And there are actually people who think the same way (or not) that also have the courage to put their views out there to be reviewed and commented on.  It’s the best form of peer review that I’ve seen in a while, because it draws upon a large contingent of people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Also, by looking into and researching the goings on of politics, business, and humanity itself, I find that I can understand not necessarily the meaning of life, but what life consists of.  It’s also a conduit to help keep my sanity in an otherwise insane world.  That’s always a plus.

But here’s the kicker:  As a child, I hated to write.

Go figure…

So where do I go from here?  Forward, of course!  Hope to see you there too.


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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8 Responses to Post #400

  1. Alex says:

    You know, I was thinking about why I’ve kept up with my blog for so long just the other day. I really don’t have anything in particular to write about most of the time, but I guess I just feel the need to write. I also really hated writing when I was a kid, but now I can’t seem to get enough of it. I have 5 blogs that I consistently write posts for.

  2. Joe says:

    Congratulations on number 400!

    I blog as an outlet for self expression…at the same time hoping that maybe, somehow, some way, someone will read my posts, think them through and maybe realize what we ought to be as a nation.

    Just in case, I also make a pain of myself to my senators and congresspersons, the only hope we have of making an individual difference.

    I understand Jennifer’s frustration, though.

    There is something to be said for encouraging one another…lot’s, in fact.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Tom, Congrats on the 400! Why do we blog? To try and make a difference. I think the importance of our message outweighs any frustrations that we feel. I think that is why my sabbatical lasted all of one day. I applaud your persistence, and your patience over the years. I hope in three years I still have your passion! Keep up the great work!

    Ya know, I hated to write too? The irony!!

  4. Tom says:

    Alex, you are much more prolific than I am. But then again, I know you are a lot younger than I am.

    Joe, there is much to be said about encouragement. If anything, knowing that there are other people out there that think that this country could do better by sticking with what works and not changing things for the sake of changing let me know that I’m not off my rocker (yet). And yes, the Congress-critters know who I am, so I had better make sure the tax-return is checked more than twice (I doubt that I would get the same benefit as certain administration nominees…)

    Jen, I would like to think that what I write would make a difference. However, changing minds is not easy, especially when those minds are not open to reason. Maybe I’ve influenced a couple of people, but that’s a definite maybe.

  5. Z says:

    I’m hearing and sensing a real “what’s the use?” feeling among bloggers lately…less posts, etc. Just when we need US the most!
    But, I’m tired, too..after only one year. I LOVE blogging but you like to think you’re really reaching hearts and minds.
    There are SO many wonderful bloggers; imagine if we could all get together in one fantastic effort and become the “REAL AMERICAN MEDIA”, which tells the truth and influences Americans back to our America?

    I can dream! Congrats on 400!!!

  6. Tom says:

    Z – I think the “what’s the use” feeling is a result of the Liberals having as much political success as they are. We feel our opinions and warnings are being ignored, and we despair as we watch the catastrophic results.

    It will take more than words on this blog to turn this country around from the influence of the politically-correct welfare-loving socialist Liberals.

  7. localsoandso says:

    A belated Happy 400th. Since finding your blog 6 months ago or so, it’s been a real education for me. Political philosophy is easy, until one knows a personal story of someone caught in the effects. Your blog has been a valuable resource in tempering my own political views.

    I think there is a kind of brotherhood of bloggers. How would we “meet” all these people any other way? I hope you’ll keep at it.

  8. Tom says:

    Local So & So: Thank you for the complement! At least I’ve influenced one person! And I will be keeping at it.

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