The other day I wrote a Personal Manifesto, of sorts, that announced a re-direction of my focus around here after discovering how writing about Politics, and the War, had far out numbered entries of other types over the course of the past year.
As I showed I WAS writing other things, but you had to go deep into my Archived Categories to find the pieces.
The type of blogging regulars are used to seeing, and enjoying, has been more scarce than I realized.
As my links show there are far more people out there doing a great job covering politics, the war, and Kerry than I ever could.
All I can do is read the pieces, comment on them, and link to them.
But doing too much of that distracts me from writing other, just as interesting, stories and from linking to similar, just as interesting stories by these same bloggers.
I want my blog to be more than just a political manifesto. It has been, is, and can continue to be, so much more than that.
I was losing track of the joy I get from writing, and linking to, other things, and the interest, and joy my readers have shown in reading those type of pieces.
One thing I've found, in 2 1/2 years, is that there are blogs of all types out there, developing audiences of their own, ( My OTHER Blog, THE CYCLING DUDE, is just 1 example ) even though the Mainstream Media seems to only have noticed the Political, and War Blogs.
Bloggers shouldn't let politics consume them in writing for their blog.
I have 155 blogs in my Personal Blogroll, and over 100 other magazine, news, and other sites in my collection of links, and they all write on more than War and Politics if you only take the time to search out the pieces.
We are so much more than our political views, and should share that with our readers.
I believe that I can find such, non-political, writing on the blogs, and websites, in my link collections, and elsewhere as well, and plan on searching them out for attention.
I want to stir my brain cells, and that of my readers, with the wide range of outstanding, thought provoking, writing going on in the Bloggerverse, and elsewhere.
And so, as part of that effort....
I'm announcing a new series of Anthology Posts ( and a new Archive Category ) to spread the word:
SNEAKS WIDE WORLD OF BLOGGING will come out on Thursdays, every week, or other week, depending on how much free time I have to root around and read pieces.
In it I will not only link to pieces, but maybe even add MY 2 cents worth on some, or all of them.:-)
The title is a tribute to Jim McKay and a certain, long running, TV Sports Show.:-)
One thing I've discovered is that there are plenty of non- PARTISAN political essays, that are more along the lines of essays on a persons, personal, political philosophy out there that aren't dedicated to attacking one candidate, or political party, or another, and while I won't actively be searching them out something of interest may make the cut from time to time.
So let me introduce you to SNEAKS WIDE WORLD OF BLOGGING #1.
I call it that in recognition not only of Blogs as entities, but in recognition of the act of Blogging which creates the contents of our Blog entries.
In much of what we write we link to other blogs, and non-blog stories, and that is what I'll be doing in this series:
1. Was the Bard, Ol' Willie S. himself, really a HERSELF?
An intriguing case is related in a piece in NEWSWEEK entitled Was the Bard a Woman?--A new contender for authorship of Shakespeare's works By Anne Underwood ( Hat tip to THE OWNERS MANUAL )
2. The Haircut. Some of us get one every month, some every 2, others 3 times a year, and some folks don''t even bother.
For those of us who do there is one thing we all routinely have to deal with, and a new Blogger has expressed what most of us think about the experience, but are too polite to say out loud. :-)
As for me I usually just smile and reply "What can I say? I accidentally slipped, and fell, under the lawn mower!" :-)
Always gets a laugh, without fail. :-)
3. Sometimes pictures speak louder than words, and a simple sentence speaks more volumes than an entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica.
I think FESTE speaks for all Americans whose Fathers fought ( and maybe even died ) in WW2, and as well for those of us whose Fathers immigrated to this country before we were born ( MY Dad, a former Bulgarian Air Force soldier, and Macedonian Freedom Fighter, came here legally in 1951 ), or with us in tow as children.
4. FRED has a wonderful story about the reward one can reap from performing a good deed in the wilds of Rural SW Virginia. :-)
In an e-mail response to a comment of mine FRED wrote:
There may be a second installment of this tale, if Ivan stays on course--right now, looks like it might come right over our roof. I would be happy for the "windfall" wood, but all things in moderation!
5. For Genealogy Buffs the BEST Blog I know of is GENEALOGY BLOG. The news, stories, and links ( and oh what links! ) are a must see.
To give you just a taste of the place here is an article that announces the news that "There is now unlimited access to AncestryPlus and Heritage Quest at all NARA facilities nationwide", and lists a slew of National Archives Workshops around the country in upcomming weeks.
6. Glen proudly claims "HI, I'M BLACK!!!, and in an amusing, recent, piece has written about what he'd do if he won the Lottery, and about the Golden Dollar Coin ( yes there is a connection ).
Personnally I love the coin, and the $2 bills, and plan on getting out there and spending more of them myself. :-)
7. Over at TECH CENTRAL STATION Doug Kern has written a must read piece in which he writes about "what really divides this nation", and expresses the hope that "Maybe one day the swooning fans of the class-obsessed "Two Americas" will figure it out also."
8. The prolific writer/journalist/speaker/blogger La Shawn Barber has her fingers in many pies, and her story just goes to show you that I'm not the first person in the Bloggerverse to admit to once being Liberal. :-)
I've mentioned how the Mainstream Media, and the general, non-blogging, public, will be changing their opinions about the Bloggerverse as they finally get around to REALLY noticing it, exploring it, and understanding it, thanks to the publicity that breaking the RatherGate story continues to provide.
La Shawn writes:
The media have known for quite awhile that bloggers are out here, but now they're forced to acknowledge us in print.
In an excellent examination of Matt Drudge [ He IS a sort of Blogger, you know :-) ] she says:
He doesn't call himself a journalist or a blogger, but he's definitely a forerunner of the idea that ordinary people like you and me could go after stories....
Bloggers are the new pamphleteers, defenders of independence, free from reliance on mainstream (liberal) media. I like the sound of it.
So do I, but I'd also add that Liberals Bloggers, too, though some would be loath to admit it, are also freed from this reliance to explore where their writing, and journalistic instincts, may take them apart from what the mainstream dishes out, and expects. :-)
Her piece is called Blogging Matt Drudge.
9. An interesting, and unusual, blog is called LANGUAGE HAT:
Any professional linguist will tell you that, as a language system of communication, black English and standard English are equal, in the same way that French and Greek and Chinese and English are all equal. They do things differently, but there is no factual way to say one is better than the other...
But if black English is not deficient, why do so many people believe it is? Because black Americans have a history of powerlessness.
Having grown up in the 70's and 80's in an all Black neighborhood, and went to mostly Black populated schools ( 4th to 12th grades ) this "White Boy from the Hood" found this story, and its related links, interesting.
Read Black English.
The first comment to SWWB #1 comes just minutes after posting, and is from the author of this piece.
It deserves special notice: Read it here.
10. Here, in Southern California, Smoking on Public Beaches is being banned faster than most folks can light up, and smoke, a pack of Marlboro Lights.
And a lot of debate has ensued.
Things are just as contentious across the pond in Jolly Ol' England.
Over at the blog of the site SAMIZDATA
British contributor Gabriel Syme writes the following:
I do not like cigarette smoke in pubs, bars and restaurants although I am partial to a good cigar. But I do like the right of owners to let customers do in them what they wish on their premises. And it seems that even a government survey cannot produce better than 20 percent support for a total ban.
His full piece is called Smoking ban condemned.
Well, that was fun.
I hope you enjoyed it.
The OFFICIAL Archive Category/ Home/ Link for this humble enterprise is here:
Sneak's Wide World of Blogging.
My next effort will be on Thursday.
I don't know what will come of this effort, where it will lead me, or even if anyone will read the series, but it is something I felt compelled to do as my small part in spreading the word about the diversity of opinions, and subjects, in the Bloggerverse.