This has been the first true hiatus I've taken from blogging since I started a year and a half ago. I've also been on a "news fast," trying to come to grips with just how much information my sense of civic responsibility rightly demands. The answer, I think, is a lot less.
If news is information that holds meaning and consequences for our lives—and I think that's a pretty accurate definition—then so much of what we accept as "news" is not. USAToday.com's front page, for example, includes stories about Castro dropping 41 pounds and the winning recipes for the State Fair of Texas.
Of course politics and civil government should not play anywhere near their current daily role in our lives, and that fact makes a lot of so-called news sadly more relevant than it ought to be. But politics is religion for the Left, which necessitates involvement on the Right, if only for sheer protection's sake. Thus we are all drawn in.
Enough about the news. (Hey, I actually said it!) I've learned a couple of interesting facts about my own blog this past month. First, even without new articles, it has drawn 15-40 page views per day anyway. That's been a surprise. Second—and this is probably related—the biggest draws to my blog have been the search terms "General Georges Sada," "Ann Coulter skinny legs," and "Christians golf."
General Sada appears fairly regularly on Fox News, so those hits aren't surprising. And for my readers in Gainesville, General Sada will be here, along with my mentor and writing partner, Dr. Terry Law, on October 19, at the Alachua County Republican Party's annual "Black Tie and Blue Jeans" dinner. (Politics again!)
The golf reference is not surprising either, since my article on How Christians Play Golf was cited on several other, more widely read blogs last year.
The Ann Coulter reference amuses me to no end. It's not enough that someone searches for her name, but the words "skinny legs" are always included. I shudder to think of what that search term is intended to find, but I'm glad it brings them here!
Of course, now that I've loaded this post with all three references, my traffic should spike. I suppose working in references to Paris Hilton and the Bush family's "links" to the Saudi royal family would help too. But I would never stoop that low.