Welcome to the 365th day of consecutive posts here at YSDA.
I made it. I’ve crossed the finish line. I get the medal and the t-shirt. And two tickets for use at the beer tent.
For reasons I can’t put my finger on, I decided several months ago to see if I could post a blog for a year without missing a day. No days off for weekends or holidays. No mental health days.
I did cheat a little. I had a few folks generously offer to write guest blogs now and then and I did borrow pieces from national writers, usually on Sundays. A helpful reader and fellow blogger pointed out that that borrowing may have run afoul of something called “fair usage.” Damn him.
But, for the most part the writing was my own. I figure conservatively, it all amounted to about 200,000 words from me. And, it should go without saying that each one of those words was carefully chosen to strike just exactly the right tone and to capture with perfect accuracy the gestalt of the moment. (And, I’m pleased to report, that this is the first time I’ve used the word “gestalt.” May it be the last. And also let me proudly claim that I got through an entire year without using “genre.” I could never write for public radio.)
I guess I did it just to do it. A guy needs something to do. A project. Which is why I’m now moving on from this project to a new one. Oh, don’t get so excited. I’m not ending this thing. You’re not that lucky. I’m just scaling back from a daily gem of wisdom to three gems a week. I’ll be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The new project is a book, a political biography — and not of me. Anyway, it requires some energy and since I have about four good writing hours in me each day, I need to take some of those out of this blog.
I’m hopeful that less will be more, that the writing here will get better and that the opinions will be more considered. We’ll see. Don’t count on it.
For those of you who have followed me all year — and to those of you who have joined recently — thanks so much for reading. Whether you agree with me or not I truly, deeply, really appreciate anybody who pays me the enormous honor of just listening to what I have to say.
See you on Monday.