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My Blogging Dilemma

by Noah Lugeons

I always feel like I should be blogging more.  I always find some news story or some Facebook argument or some personal interaction that leaves me thinking, “I should blog about this”.  And very often, as soon as I can, I set about organizing all the words that were swimming around in my head.  And if every one of those sessions eventually turned into a full blown post, I’d be one of the most prolific bloggers on the web.

Sometimes I abort the post when I realize that I’d have to do way too much research to support the point I want to make.  Sorry if that comes across as lazy, but in addition to the blog, the weekly podcast and all the ancillary social media stuff that goes with it, I’ve also got a full time job and a life.  So if I realize that I’d need to spend a couple of days on an eight paragraph post, I usually tuck it away in a the rearmost burner of my “I might get to it eventually” file.

But far more often, the potential post gets co-opted into material for the show.  I get a few paragraphs in and think to myself, “Shit, this would make a great diatribe”, or “damn, I should hold onto that joke for when Heath and I do this week’s headlines”, or “I could actually get a pretty good skit out of this”, or “this would be so much better with sound effects.”  And an instant later it’s off of WordPress and on to Google Docs to linger in my “Diatribe” folder for however long it takes me to not have something to bitch about that week.

There are certain times when I can overcome the issue.  When something’s just too short for a diatribe and too long for a headline or when I want more detail than I could justify on the show.  The “Live Blogging the Bible” segments I’ve been doing are a good example of that.  I know as I go through a book of the bible that I’m going to have way more commentary than I’ll be able to fit into the ten or twelve minutes we’ll be able to devote to it on the show, so I wind up with a few extra blog posts worth of material.

My fear, of course, is that if I make too much of a habit of doing this, the blog will become nothing but the 3rd best stuff that I deemed not funny enough to make the show and that would be a damn shame.  I’m making a concerted effort to blog a bit more often (about things other than how I should blog more often), but if you check back with us a couple days in a row and you don’t find anything new, rest assured that it means we’ve got some really funny shit for the podcast.

  1. EDT
    May 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    That’s funny, as I also always feel like you should be blogging more. The live blogging of the bible has been the highlight of some days lately. My son has taken to reading the bible now (at school, in the South). A person of authority in the school came up to him the other day and saw Ti was writing notes on it, and said “oh hey, what’s that you’re reading, the bible? What part?” My son showed him the notes–about how to offer sacrifices. This authority figure said “Wait a minute, what bible are YOU reading?” My son’s response was: “You’ve never read this book, have you?”

    • Susan
      May 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Too funny! I love it. What a bright kid you have!!

  2. Kevin
    May 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    You get a lot further than some of us. If only I wasn’t getting carpel tunnel from my blackberry, I think I’d try to write my thoughts more often.

  3. Susan
    May 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Don’t they have speech to text programs you could use? I’m not up on technology but I know they were offering it at one time. BTW, I love your podcasts!

    • May 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I’m sure they do, but I’m old-fashioned. I go text to speech. I write and rewrite everything that goes out on the podcast and eventually publish on the blog in the Show Transcripts so that’s not really the issue. My real problem is that I suffer from an irrational fear that one day I’ll just completely run out of creativity and I’ll need an eternity’s worth of material squirreled away for future podcasts.

      Oh, and thanks for listening.

  4. May 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    sometimes writing and blogging takes way too much effort. So doing it in the pod, I can understand

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