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DFO — to Bearable Bob re: Blogging

Bob: “I’ve been out of town for two days but before I left I decided to quit this blog for awhile. It’s been my master for nearly two years and I’m tired. Tired of emails from Typepad threatening me with Terms of Service violations (later dropped after I explained who quoted whose name first, ahem) more complaints to work (probably the same person who whined to Typepad, but who knows), emails threatening me with assault, always needing to be ‘on’ here with fresh, creative, interesting content” — Bearable Bob post titled “Blogback Mountain.”

DFO: You aren’t the only one who gets tired, Hoss. Of late, I’ve been asking myself:
Is blogging worth it? I’ve spent the last two years (as of next Thursday) basically doing two jobs — editorial writing, columnizing and this blog. I’m always distracted at work because I can’t focus on one for too long without the other elbowing its way in. It’s sorta like talking on a cell phone while you drive. I constantly feed this thing. And am rewarded with spam from Cialis and Viagra, an occasional blog troll, commenters who go off in huffs because another commenter bruised their feelings or they can’t post a borderline word. I post a poorly worded question in a hurry and understandably get a posse of newsroom feministas after me. Grumpy people with ideological blinders lurk in the blogosphere to parse every word I write when they’d never have the courage to blog themselves. Life would be simpler if I devoted myself to the Opinion Page, where an occasional nasty letter to the editor or phone call are the only annoyances. But a blog is habit forming. And the good outnumbers the bad. That’s what keeps me coming back for more.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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