2006 has been a difficult year for me personally. I was finally forced to face a number of physical and emotional issues (many were interdependent) and take steps necessary to correct them.
Recently I have decided to take the advice of my therapist and let some things go. As you can tell from the infrequent posts here, one of them was this blog. I'm not 'out of business,' but my light blogging has been a measure necessary to allow me to get many other things under control.
Last year, I posted a series of Christmas scripture excerpts. If you haven't read Luke's account of the birth of Christ in a while, please take a moment to read them:
Illness and a host of other obligations have severely limited my blogging time during the last few weeks.
I am also just burned out on current events, particularly politics and the vicious mudslinging in the US congressional races across the country, particularly the deceptive Michael J. Fox stem cell ad campaign and the "how-low-can-you-go" slime pit that is the Virginia senate race.
I'm going to take some time off blogging. I'll probably be back after election day with some thoughts on how everything turns out. A prediction you want? Okay -- Republicans keep a slim majority, probably less than 5 seats in the House, and we may end up 50-50 again in the Senate. If the Republicans keep a majority in the Senate, it will only be one or two seats. If that actually happens, it will be entertaining to watch the Democrats implode.
After running just six posts over
the summer, the site picked up steam on September 21 when its author
wrote, "the blog has been noticed and some shocking emails have been
received!!!!" and posted four emails purportedly from "interns"
outraged by the heretofore unmentioned Foley and his penchant for
(Of course, if these emails are legit, it means the "interns" somehow stumbled upon the blog, despite the fact that it had not yet been linked to by any other sites, and was virtually indetectible to Google, which ranks sites according to the number of incoming links.)
... Three days later, the blogger posted
the now infamous "Emails from Congressman Foley to 16 Year Old
Page!!!!", claiming they'd been sent in by a reader (despite the fact
that they appeared to be scans of faxed printouts). Persons unknown
then seeded the link to various political sites—including Wonkette, which promptly dismissed them as fakes. ABC, of course, took them more seriously.
Whoever promoted the story on DailyKos did so only 12 minutes after the fateful post went live at 11:06 a.m. (emphasis added)
Hint to future fake bloggers - big-name bloggers don't link to unknown blogs with sparse posts and negligible traffic. If you are going to use a "blog" to break a story, at least make sure that someone is reading or linking to it first.
"It struck me as strange that people whose political world is
motivated by faith had to be Republican. Democrats need to be on the
playing field," said Wilhelm, who recalls the unfriendly reception he
received 13 years ago when, as chairman of the Democratic Party, he
suggested to Christian Coalition members that good Christians could
belong to either party.
He said the new Internet site will give religious Democrats "the moral support and some language they can use."
nonprofit Web venture was conceived by Wilhelm and Chicago-based
Democratic activist Jesse Lava. Tennessee state Sen. Roy Herron, a
former minister, and Rev. Romal Tune, founder of the Washington
D.C.-based Clergy Strategic Alliances, are co-chairmen.
As much as I enjoy writing on my blog, the demands of work and family have forced me to make a difficult decision: drastically scaling back Mike's Noise.
In the nearly two years that this blog has been running, it has
attracted over 100,000 visitors and dozens of links from numerous other
bloggers, including big-time folks like Michelle Malkin, Gateway
Pundit, PowerLine, InstaPundit, and LaShawn Barber, just to name a few. Each day about a hundred folks wander through my online pages. I've gotten to meet
many other bloggers and make many online friends. And I've loved every minute of it.
I'll still contribute an article or two per week as "MikeOK" over at WizBang Bomb Squad (and cross-post them here) and I'll continue my Virtual Victrola music posts every weekend. But other than those regular features, blogging will be very light.
I'll still be blogging, but my other blogs will be commercial in nature and will (hopefully) begin to generate a steady income for me. I'll update Mike's Noise with news about my other blogs as they go online, which should be within the next two weeks or so.
So to everyone who has stopped by here and has either praised my writing or called me an absolute idiot ... thanks.