S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Monday, September 03, 2007

What can I say (in 75-250 words)? #4 of Series

A day in the life of a blogger -They say that 250 words is the ideal blog post size. So let's see.
"Southwest-Space-Travel-Monday" are my subjects of the day. (32 words) To become informed enough to write on any of them, I scanned my "Bloglines" feeds folder for blogs called "My sites," (where I sometimes post diaries or comments) reading "The Reaction," "TPMCafe," "TexasKaos," and "DailyKos." (67) I felt pleased that my posted words had became dialogue. (77) But I would not necessarily write about such egocentric material. (87)
On to the next folder, my "News favorites list," that includes: "Firedoglake," "The Washington Note," "Informed Comment," "The Mahablog," "Politico," "Andrew Sullivan," and "Glenn Greenwald." (109) I began to feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the revelations of some of these topnotch bloggers. (128)
  • "Politico" fawned over Republicans. (132)
  • "The Washington Note" had great inside stuff and plugged the candidacy of Senator Dodd, one of my favorites. It is good to have one's biases reinforced. (157)
  • "Firedoglake" and "The Mahablog" both had several long and thoughtful posts that made me feel inferior as a female writer. (177)
  • Juan Cole's "Informed Comment" made me realize anew that the true situation in Iraq has been largely unreported. (195)
So what about "Southwest-Space-Travel-Monday"? (202) To this point I have not run across anything related to those subjects. (215) I decided I will need to visit or revisit the more specialized news sources in the "Political" folder, such as "Facing South," "Texas-Democrats at Yahoo! Groups," and "TexasKaos." (244) I will also want to scan "" and "NASA Breaking News" and "Accidental Hedonist" in the "Special Interests" folder for Space and travel items. (267)
Now I am out of words and have written nothing? What do I do? (281) Well, first count how many words are in a "Screen?" (291) There are around 160. (295) Or 162 x 2 = 324. Thus 250 words equal about 1 1/2 screens. (304) I can never do it, but I tried! (312) Oh, and one more thing, I had planned to make links for all the web sites I mentioned, but I ended up making only one. (337) It is there to help you get out of a bad mood after slogging this post. (353) Most of the rest you can find in my Blogroll to the right. (366)
Update: Worst of all they scooped me! Our current president and the whole bunch have flown the coop to Iraq! I give up!
My “creativity and dreaming” post today at Making Good Mondays is about "my Chinese sister."
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