So I took last night ‘off’ of teh blahgs…..to think.
But there is so much to think about that I have ended up with a case of the mental swirlies….the phenomenon that happens when you have had a bit to much to drink and everything starts spinning around. And I think that that is where the rest of the Blogsphere is as well….at least when it comes to strategy…lots of stuff swirling around, but nothing yet to grab on to.
That is certainly what is happening in my brain right now. It feels like I am trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together, but the pieces are all in the corners of a swirling room. I can see them and sort of know how they can fit together. But….things are so swirly, I can’t quite reach them and put the pieces together.
We in the Blogoverse are in an odd time…a lull. While at the same time, events are continuing to build and mount. Just a casual observation shows that blog traffic is down considerably.
My theory: We accomplished the goal of the Blogosphere…we elected more Dems. But the Dems aren’t listening to us anymore. This has discouraged people mightily. So right now all we see is the mounting bad news…on the economy, Climate Crisis/Gore not running (presumably), torture, Hillary being ‘a lock, Iran….the list goes on and on, as it always does…
But with the Dems abandoning the base, people just feel helpless to do anything about…anything. So instead of participating and using ‘the bad stuff’ as a rallying cry and evidence of what is wrong and what needs to change….they are just depressed and feel there is nothing they can do about it.
As we have been discussing… we need a new goal, a new direction, and new leadership. I am sincerely hoping that the larger blogs are seeing this too and are also just having trouble figuring out exactly what to do, where to go….how to lead and rally the troops….and even more important, how to get MORE troops!
Granny Doc has a diary at the top of the Dkos list that essentially calls for everything to just go ahead and blow the hell up so we can get on with (presumably) the rebuilding of America. And that IS what needs to happen….hopefully in a less extreme version than she calls for! Essentially….we need a Revolution. (hopefully non-violent) That is all well and good to SAY…but how do we do it, short of having everything blow up?
In this lull, between now and the primaries…..when the Dems will once again come calling on the Blogosphere for support….we need to come up with new strategies and tactics and goals. Which of course, is what we are trying to do here.
Once we can get the room to stop spinning quite so fast.
The important thing is to keep the conversation going, as Meteor Blades pointed out the other night. We have the time to figure out the next step, we just need to keep working and thinking and talking. We need to figure out a way to get MASSES of people involved and educated and focussed and committed to change. We know the Blogosphere is a big part of doing that, we just need to figure out how.
We are getting closer, I think, and I’ll have more soon, as the pieces start to come together. I was really hoping to have more to say today, but, sigh…..damn swirlies! I think I need another drink!
In other news…..the next person to register at Docudharma will be Dharmaniac number 1000!