Many solid comments on the previous post. I recommend them. I pen this odd post because I've been busy all day and had to respond to them thus. (Pressing deadlines do no wonders for casual conversation.) I wouldn't normally alert anyone to the fact that His Highness has commented on His own post, but this comment's been bothering me:
I think this speaks to a your vision of your blog as more than a platform from which you can declaim.
Not because it's unfair, mind you, but because I've been rather hands-off lately. I'm in blogging-as-therapy mode—in which writing calms the mind by allowing it to wander into sillier pastures and write this thing called fun—and blogging-as-therapy entails me stopping work on the dissertation, writing something salutary, then shutting down the laptop.
This is something I need to work on. Maybe I shouldn't post when I know I lack the energy to comment ... but then what about my therapy? It bothers me when bloggers don't respond to comments, because I envision blogging to be more conversation than bully pulpit. (And I mean "envision" there. I'm talking full-bore grandiose wish-casting. Such is the stuff of my envisionings.) But without the blogger contributing to the conversation, it starts to seem like an abuse of the conversational ethos.
This must change. Things must be done.
They will be ... but not tonight.