Another Blog Update

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 14, 2020 - Features, Writing - No Comments

There are some times in which I am not as honest as Abraham Lincoln.

Several weeks ago, I said I was going to blog more often. However, I have concentrated so much time on writing projects that blogging has been put on the back burner. Besides, I have been busy with projects around the house like lawn mowing and dusting the living room furniture.

And I have realized for the first time since I started An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox, I really don’t miss blogging. It was fun giving my opinions on a potpourri of subjects, but as I stated in a previous post, when it comes to the blogosphere nowadays, I feel John Adams in the musical and movie 1776–is anybody there, does anybody care? Very few seriously read blogs anymore which is sad for I think the blogosphere is a billion times more thoughtful than the discourses on Twitter and Facebook.

And I miss “the days of wine and roses”–i.e., January and February 2020. Even though there was an impeachment and the kerfuffles during the Democratic primary, it seemed so peaceful, so normal just several months ago. People could congregate in large crowds freely, major sporting events like the Final Four were not canceled, the unemployment rate was almost microscopic, and the media concentrated their attention on RuPaul’s drag queen shows and the antics of the Kardashians. However, coronavirus is like the song the British army played when General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington in 1781–“The World Turned Upside Down”. Everything nowadays seems to resemble one of those dystopian apocalyptic science fiction with all the lockdowns, social distancing, travel restrictions, layoffs, social unrest, and demonstrations I have realized I need a book, not a blog, to write about coronavirus for I believe it is the greatest calamity to occur in the United States at least since the Vietnam War but more likely not since the Great Depression and World War II. And I am doing just that, though it will be awhile before it will be published because coronavirus is like the Energizer bunny–it keeps going and going and going.

Of course, I will continue An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox. Every now and then, I still get a hankering to blog. But that hankering is much less frequent than it was in 2011.

So keep calm, carry on, and look at this blog every now and then for updates.

Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day

The biggest stumbling block a writer has to overcome is writer’s block.

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