Something has to change!
When Condi was heading off into the sunset, I was a bit irritated to get tons of comments saying OMG, what are you going to do? In denial, I poo-pooed these concerns, stating that I wrote a lot more than just Condiproduct, and besides, it's not like Condi was going to just disappear from public view.
Surprisingly, though, that's exactly what she's done. Worse, I underestimated just how much I relied upon her for material. Then another favorite subject, Ursula Plassnik, dropped out of the scene. Worst of all (for my purposes), the Bush administration ended! Basically, within a very short period of time, I lost about 90% of the material I counted on for this site's content.
I tried to find substitutes, but most of them didn't take up enough room. Yulia Tymoshenko, for instance, simply isn't very interesting once you've laughed at her hairdo for about two minutes. And Michael Steele? Heck, obviously he isn't going to last much longer.
Michael Steele brings up another point regarding this problem. See, when I obsessively chronicled Condi's endless photo-ops and weird... existence... I was doing something nobody else was doing! Elsewhere on the web you'd see occasional sarcastic things about her, sure, but mostly you'd find a bunch of puff-pieces and straightforward analysis of her latest goings-on. Even my Sarah Palin coverage was unlike that going on elsewhere, because I was mining the wires' news photos in an extensive/intensive way not found anywhere else. So lately, I've done a similar avalanche of posts about Michael Steele's gaffes and hilarity... but so has everybody else. In other words, there's nothing original or unique about my Steele posts.
This is a problem. I'm not interested in having a blog which just parrots what's going on elsewhere in the blogosphere.
So with this in mind, I've got to make some changes around here. I've got to find new things to write about. I'm working on some new ideas, at least one of which will be debuting over the next few days. One thing that occurred to me is that my most overlooked and untapped resource is... well, myself. Did you know that I'm actually neither a pink plastic pony nor a screaming Barbie head? It's true!
This idea makes me a little nervous because I've always more-or-less kept my "real" self out of this blog, but all the ideas I'm getting are pointing in that direction. Some of my favorite blogs are highly personal: Joemygod and Earl Cootie and SF Mike come quickly to mind. Don't expect what I do to be anything like what they do, though, because I don't go to Black Parties, rarely venture out into nature, and haven't been an extra in an opera since high school.
I want to emphasize that this is NOT driven by a wish to become a "popular" blog or to attract masses of new readers; it is driven by a wish to not become bored with my own site. I'm not a professional blogger, and this site carries no advertising, so there's nothing to be gained by an increase in traffic.
So anyway, blah blah blah. I'll still be writing about the topics I've covered over the past few years, but there will be new things as well, non-political things, personal things. Heck, maybe I'll even write about books I've read, movies I've seen, etc. Who knows? I'd love to hear what Pony Pals think about this. Any ideas or opinions are welcome!