Friday, July 27, 2012

Not quitting, just re-directing my efforts

I want to thank those who have been reading this blog.  I hope its contents have pointed you toward sources that amuse, inspire, or provoke thought.  Due to several factors, I must reluctantly conclude the blog now.  I had intended to continue daily until the election, but the process of researching and compiling this blog convinced me that my efforts are better spent elsewhere.  I hope many of you will join me in volunteering to help at the local Republican campaign office.  But that’s not the true reason I am discontinuing the blog.

Primarily, I have become increasingly aware that the copyright issues surrounding online sharing are complex and often difficult to define.  A lot of it is gray area, and being a conservative, I tend to err on the side of caution.  My intent from the start has been to highlight (not steal) the work of others, and introduce that work to potential readers or viewers.  The last thing I want to do is utilize the work of others in a way that is unethical. Although I’ve tried to be very attentive to securing permission (explicit or implied) for everything I’ve posted, I’ve recently come across too many conflicting opinions that cast doubt on whether it’s possible to be completely safe posting anything other than one’s own words or pictures.

In addition, I have become happily aware that there are already far more people than I realized who are doing what I set out to do, and most of these people have blogs that are far superior to mine.  I have listed here several that I can recommend with enthusiasm; many of these also have extensive lists of other blogs that are equally worthwhile.  I hope you will visit these sites as often as possible, and stay engaged in the political process this year. 

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that what happens in this election will have long term consequences we cannot now imagine.  In my opinion, conservative political activism has never been more needed.  Unfortunately, liberals tend toward activism more than conservatives, and the ever-increasing number of people who depend on various forms of financial support from the government may be more highly motivated to campaign.  Not to mention that most conservatives are too busy working jobs, attending to family needs and otherwise taking care of business to be doing the hard work required to get the vote out.  But I hope the urgent need for action is becoming obvious even to conservatives, who rightly tend to mind their own business.  Recent polls suggest that we have good reason to hope for change WE can believe in this November. 

I want to close with some inspiring words passed along to me recently by one of our son’s cardiologists:

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations...

Thanks again for reading – and check out these great sites, along with other links recommended by them: 

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear about the blog's ending. I hope you learned about blogging through the experience, and I look forward to reading your next endeavor!