From the time of its creation, I have always made it a practice to reply to most, if not all, comments made on this blog. Even if it was just a short note to proclaim my agreement with the commenter, I wanted Political Realities to be a blog where everyone that visited knew that, agree or disagree, they were always welcome to read and comment. I wanted to interact as much with my readers as possible. We have had some lively discussions of disagreement and will probably have them again. However, I have came to the conclusion that I have allowed my work here to consume me. That has to change and since I have no desire to let Political Realities fall by the wayside, I have decided to make some changes, mainly in how I manage the blog and the comments that are left on the posts.
In order to allow myself to write about the issues I care deeply about and still free up my schedule, I will no longer make it a practice to reply to every comment that is made on the blog. I hate to do that, but I realize it is taking far too much of my time. This is the only change I can think of that will relieve some of that pressure. Please be assured, I will still read each and every comment and will be moderating them, as I always have done. I will also reply to some of them, but only as I feel necessary.
I hope the faithful readers I have accumulated understand why I am doing this. I also hope all of you realize I am not abandoning the blog. I simply have other things that need to be done, other things that I want to do, and the time to do those things has to come from somewhere. I will try to get around to the other blogs I read and comment as frequently as I can, but even that has to be curtailed, at least for the time being.
Until I was told recently how much it looked like I was carrying the weight of the country on my shoulders, I did not realize how much pressure I felt. It was a driving force that led me to write at every opportunity and to back up my arguments in the comments, both on this blog, and on others. I don’t begrudge those efforts, but I have came to realize I have spent the last five years driving myself to be as good at this hobby of mine as I could possibly be. It is simply time to cut back those efforts and focus on other things in my life.
I don’t intend to close the blog and I still intend to write, although probably not every day, as I have been for a long time. I just need to evaluate my priorities and resort them to the proper order. This is the only way I know to do that.
Thank you for your understanding and I hope you will continue to read and comment on Political Realities.