...busting up my brains for the words

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

SD63 chili dinner

As promised, I attended this fund raising event for Senate District 63 in South Minneapolis. If you're reading this you probably already know that it's theme was Blogs: The New Media. It was a fun and interesting evening. I sampled two kinds of pretty decent enough chili. I had some good conversation with a young man who is signing up into the Army. I had a chance to exchange some positive thoughts with Jerry of SD63 blog. And I heard some darned good speeches from some very good bloggers about blogging and such.

As noted earlier, I haven't been updating this blog much lately. There's a reason. Besides my excuse that I'm busy with personal matters, I've been rethinking the reason for my blog. When I began this blog in July of 2004, President George W. Bush was facing a reelection campaign that would translate into either a ratification of the war in Iraq or a rejection of that war. It was important for me to invest my time and money into the campaign as a volunteer. To reinforce my volunteerism, I blogged about my experiences. While I have no regrets about my participation, it turned out that my writings about telephone canvassing and sign waving rallies really amounted to nothing. My readership has never really exceeded 50 hits a day. That's pretty pathetic. To be honest, this blog has really never been anything much more than an echo chamber. Once I realized that, it has become somewhat humiliating to sit down and write. It turns out that feeling good about expressing myself just isn't enough anymore.

So I'm rethinking pinkmonkeybird.

I have more to say on this subject by my fingers are getting tired and it's past my bedtime and the echoing sounds are giving me a headache.

More tomorrow.


  • At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Thanks for coming to the Chili Dinner. It was a fun event. I enjoy reading your blog as is, but you may want to consider working in a local angle. There is so much political activity in Minneapolis, it would be nice to have a blog like yours to go for the latest in Mpls.

  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks for throwing together such an interesting and fun event, Rob.

    I'd been thinking for the past several months that I'd find writing more rewarding if I went with a decidedly more local emphasis. Mitch's speech was a helpful reminder that I can do that even though I'm not an expert of local politics.

    So thanks for the encouragement, Rob. That's what I intend to do. At the very least, I'll learn a few things along the way.


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