It's a type of angst . . . the problem is I just don't know where I'm going with this thing . . .
I asked one of my confidants, one of the Gurus of the BlogoSphere: "Am I getting enough site visits? I'm averaging over 2500 a day - is that a lot?"
I was told; "2500 is a fabulous number for a personal site: the typical blog numbers its readers in the hundreds. You don't become a business though until you pass the 100,000 mark however."
That explains why I don't have an entourage . . .
I peaked over 4200 site visits one day last week.
People are reading my great thoughts.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a great writer, like the great Hemingway:
The problem was, I didn't feel I had anything great to write about.
So I went out and had all these Hemingway-esque adventures. Now I don't want to write about them because I don't want to come off sounding like Hemingway; some kind of a chest-beating self-aggrandizer.
I felt I would become a philosopher.
Then this Irishman in a bar laughed at me; "A PHILOSOPHER? That's for the old men with the grey beards. You're a young whippersnapper, you should be out LIVING your life, not PHILOSOPHIZING about it!"
This pure Irish wisdom fell right in line with my Zen training, so I went out and lived in the Eternal Now.
. . . these are some of the dilemmas I struggle with . . .
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Earlier on I mentioned I've been getting these weird emails, and now they're starting to show up in comments. They all follow the same general line of dialogue, and they are all in broken English:
Your Site is very much interesting.
I am regular reader of your blog. I follow your blog. I am able to get all the informations from links in your blog as well as by following external links from your blog.
I like your way of posting. I Have added http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/ in my blog http://_____________.blogspot.com/ . I am honored to add it to My Friend's Blogroll section.
So if you could provide me a link to my blog, it will be much more useful for users.
Hope you would add my blog in your blog. I would certainly appreciate a link from your blog.
My URL: http://__________.blogspot.com/
Thanks for visiting my blog as well! Please reply friend
WEIRD. Then this, from yesterday's comments (beneath the Monday Mystery Bird) . . .
. . . some dude named Lawrence writes:
"Great Great Great Blog
Your blog is so excellent. I am your regular reader of your blog. I follow your blog. I like your way of posting. Hey i am interesting in adding your in my blog
I am honored to add it to my blog in right side bar links. Will you add my blog in your blog list
Thanks for visiting my blog as well!
Please reply dear"
"DEAR ? ! ? ! ?"
This one's from some bird called Kristen:
I am really proud to have your blog http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/ in my blog sidebar.
I could see your website nice and with good information for the people, and this attracts me to add your blog in my blog named http://_________.blogspot.com/.
My best friendship quote “Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, and somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends” Hope you would add my blog. Thanks a lot. Keep blogging . . . Love your blog and you are added :) Keep up the good work and thanks for the kinds words.
Thanks for the opportunity. Thanks
I actually went to her blogsite - its dedicated to all things Outer Space; NASA, astronomy, the International Space Station, Project Apollo, the Space Shuttle, distant galaxies . . .
. . . did I mention Space?
These messages are creepy because of their similarity, and the broken English is what really gets my radar going.
I tell you what: yYou weird furreigners want a link exchange? Here's the deal: this is Blog STORMBRINGER. Languages spoken here include French, Spanish, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic AND English . . .
. . . THE QUEEN's ENGLISH, that is.
We DON'T speak no BROKEN ENGLISH and we DON'T take the bait from scamsters who do. This is the Internet Era - what do you think we are, STOOPID???
Then there's the Birther Doc thing . . .
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My post on Lt. Col. WingNut generated several comments that all sounded a similar theme. Here are a couple choice quotes:
"We hung men 70 years ago who just followed orders. For this man, that history means something."
"The Numerberg Trials settled the question of whether a soldier should follow illegal orders. If the prez is illegal then wouldn't his orders be illegal too?"
Lemme see here - the man was sworn in my Justice Roberts - who with eight of his co-workers knows more about legal and illegal than all of us put together - and if there was a case to be heard about the mysterious origins of Barack the Magic Negro, you'd think it'd be investigated at that level.
WHATEVER . . . hundreds of thousands of American G.I.'s who take their oaths seriously just got equated to Hitler's Nazi goons . . . by a pack of scoundrels wrapping themselves in Patriotism . . .
"Hey Private! Mop and buff that floor!"
"No way, sergeant, I don't have to!"
"The President of the United States was born in Kenya - so that's an illegal order. I don't have to follow it."
WHAT KIND OF A WAY IS THIS TO RUN A MILITARY???
I want you Birther guys to back up and look at where your line of reasoning leads; this is the same line of reasoning the Code Pink / MoveOn dot Org crowd was throwing out there about Bush - HE wasn't legally elected EITHER . . . REMEMBER ? ? ?
So, what? - are we supposed to have half the military go into a state of mutiny every four to eight years just because they don't like the outcome of an election? There are countries where that is the norm, and I have served in several of them. They are called Banana Republics - and they are HELL ON EARTH.
Now stop and think . . . is that what you want the United States of America to look like? Because that is where this sort of mindset leads - Barack Obama is playing you like a cheap violin, and you are enabling him right along to his ultimate objective: to destroy the greatest country in the history of the world, cut us down to size and make us pay for being the "oppressor" nation to all the Third World little guys out there.
Always remember - the American Revolution is an eternal revolution - true - but it is also an INternal revolution.
We will prevail - we always do - but we won't prevail by advocating mutiny and the chaos and disruption that will bring. That is not what Blog STORMBRINGER is all about, and that is NOT what the Tea Party Movement is all about, either. There are some important elections coming up, and we are going to run the Obama crowd out of town on a rail . . .
"If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs . . ."
- SEAN LINNANE SENDS