One of the surprising things that has happened as the Newburyport Political Blog evolves, is that people are beginning to tell me all kinds of political stuff. And now, I often know about things that are floating around in the political community, whereas I never knew about them before. This doesn’t make me feel good instead it makes me feel completely overwhelmed.
Often when I hear things that are floating around, my first reaction is one of disbelief and denial (a friend of mine once told me that “denial is a shock absorber for the soul.”) And then I get very angry and then I begin to get to the point where I calm down and can begin to accept whatever the “story” might be.
I can see where it could be really easy for the Newburyport Political Blog to become a ranting, raving, angry, sarcastic blog. And now I can understand why there are a lot of political blogs like that out there.
So now, instead of just typing away and sending posts out into cyber-land, I find that I often sit on a post for days and try to slowly whittle out the anger and frustration. I am very sure that there are times when I won’t (and probably haven’t) be able to get there.
So sometimes it’s becoming very difficult to abide by my own “guidelines.” How about that one for ironic. I did not expect this development to be part of the blog adventure. And I would like the blog to be a fun adventure, and I’m really hoping I can manage to keep it that way. So this is another very unexpected learning curve.
Mary Eaton, Newburyport