I wanted to give you the heads-up that you’re going to see more posts here that were first published at Mr. Conservative. The reason is that at Mr. Conservative I’m working on deadline, so it’s my priority. But they’re still very much Bookworm posts, so I want them to be here too, where we can talk about them.
During my first few days at Mr. Conservative, I tried to write “just the fact” posts, sort of like a news outlet. I discovered two things about that: First, that really isn’t how I write, so it was a bit of an effort and slowed my output; and, second, readers responded well to those posts in which I started with just the facts, and then included just a little bit of my usual Bookworm snark. The Mr. Conservative posts are not the thoughtful, personal, wandering posts I occasionally put up here, but they are precisely the same as the posts I put up commenting on some recent headline or event. The only real difference is that I’ve made the language more straightforward, because a larger audience demands less abstruse writing. That’s actually a good discipline for me, though, so I’m not complaining.
Because the Mr. Conservative posts are also vintage Bookworm, I have no compunction about publishing them here, for you. I’m not trying to pass off material that is different from the stuff I’ve always written and that has been the foundation for the wonderful comment conversations that go on here.
When the spirit moves me, I’ll definitely post original material here, different and separate from the Mr. Conservative stuff. But please, please don’t feel slighted by the fact that many posts appear “recycled.” In my mind, I write them for Bookworm Room, and then — coincidentally, almost — publish them first at Mr. Conservative.
I do have to say, though, that there’s a real pleasure in the readership my Mr. Conservative posts are getting. It’s not personal, in that they come because Cyrus is such a masterful marketer, with an intuitive understanding of what drives audiences, but they’re still reading my stuff. I’m egotistical enough to think my writing can hold up to this type of scrutiny, and I think it’s cool that my words go out to tens of thousands of people.
In many ways, I am a humble-ish person: I’m not physically vain; I know I have no homemaking talent, since my home is practical, not beautiful, and even the dog doesn’t like my cooking; I’m a mediocre (although determined) athlete; and I’m a reluctant caretaker for all the people who demand my care . . . but I can write. I’ve always valued more than you can imagine those of you who have come here to read what I write, and more importantly the fact that you stay for the conversation afterwards, but I’d be lying if I denied the thrill that others get to read it too.Email This Post To A Friend
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