Taking a Breather

There are probably no less than a half dozen posts floating about my keyboard this morning, but I’m not going to write them or post them.  I’ve received a few complaints lately from my fellow blawgers that (1) I write too much for them to read and (2) I post about all the good stuff and leave nothing for them to post about.

I apologize.  I don’t mean to be a burden or to steal your thunder.  I will stand down today and give anyone who wants it a chance to catch up and, if you’re so inclined, get ahead. 

But since I’m not going to post about anything in particular today, I’ll take the opportunity to muse a bit.  One thing I don’t understand is why people who say they don’t care about something still feel compelled to offer a comment about it.  If you don’t care, why bother?  If it doesn’t matter to you, or you’re sick and tired of the subject, or it’s just not interesting, then why not move on?  Yet some people still post a comment to the effect that they don’t care, it doesn’t matter or it’s not interesting.  Why?  I doubt anyone has a gun to your head forcing you to post something

It seems to me that posting a comment requires a bit of effort.  There are plenty of posts out there on a wide range of topics and issues.  There must be something out there that’s interesting to you, or meaningful to you.  Post your comment there if nothing here strikes your fancy.  But why bother to exert even that minimum effort to post a comment that says nothing, or expresses your lack of interest or thought, or your having absolutely no position on the matter?

I don’t get it.  Explain?

And as long as I’m musing, and while I really didn’t plan to harp on the subject of the Slackoisie, which has gotten far more attention than I meant to give it lately. Seth Godin posted this today, entitled I don’t feel like it.



Why do you need to feel like something in order to do the work? They call it work because it’s difficult, not because it’s something you need to feel like.

Very few people wake up in the morning and feel like taking big risks or feel like digging deep for something that has eluded them. People don’t usually feel like pushing themselves harder than they’ve pushed before or having conversations that might be uncomfortable.

Maybe I’m not the only “jerk” on the internet who doesn’t think that we only have to serve our clients when it’s convenient, makes us happy or conforms to our personal sense of work/life balance?  Godin is pretty good company.  So good that he doesn’t even know that a poor schlep lawyer named Greenfield has a blawg. 

Glad I decided not to post anything today. 

11 thoughts on “Taking a Breather

  1. Dr. SunWolf

    I’m a Seth Godin fan, from his first book. He thinks about everyday things so ordinary, we miss them. He explains why things work that way. Why people behave that way.

    While everyone’s standing down or actively expressing a lack of interest in various topics today, grab a Godin book. Get thinking in new ways. I’m particularly fond of Purple Cow.

  2. PrisonMovement

    I enjoy ALL your posts, sharing with the prison community on Yahoo as well as FaceBook & Twitter. I would like to see you blog about THE JUDGE AND THE ADDICT- both parts can be found on my news blog.

  3. SHG

    I’m notorious for not doing requests, but you’ve got the story already, so it’s there for others to read.

  4. David Giacalone

    You do write more than most mere mortals can absorb in a day, Scott. So, thanks for giving your fans a short break. Inability to keep pace with your prolific output was one reason I retired my f/k/a weblog one year ago today. Over that year, even without doing a daily weblog, I have not been able to keep up with your output.

    By the way, I guess people leave an “I don’t care” comment in the hope that they will persuade you to stop writing on that particular topic. They sure don’t know you very well.

  5. SHG

    Few comments have ever made me feel so badly as yours.  I am pained to think that I contributed to your decision to retire f/k/a, one of the best weblogs ever.  I hope, at least, that your year of retirement has been pleasant and fruitful.  Now get back to work!  And give my best to the Professor.

  6. Walter Reaves

    Reminds of my daughter when she was a younger – whenever she “I don’t mean to be rude/mean”, it really meant that is exactly what she intended. Most people who say they don’t care – they care way too much.

    Have a relaxing day off.

  7. David Giacalone

    Cheer up,SG, the comparison with your output was a fairly minor reason for the demise of Prof. Yabut and the Gang. Thanks for your kind words about f/k/a.

    This past year has been most un-fruitful, and don’t get me started on whether or not it’s been pleasant. It’s a good thing you’re fruity enough for the two of us. I won’t ruin your reputation by saying you’re also pleasant enough for two blawggers.

  8. Lee

    I for one, as a non-blawger, appreciate the prolific nature of posts around here. I know I won’t miss anything and I don’t have to follow a million blogs to make sure.

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