Wally Wonders Why No editor, no publisher, you get what you get

December 10, 2007

What should you be doing right now?

Filed under: American Culture,Technology — Tags: , — wally @ 4:18 pm

midday.jpgObviously you’re reading this site, but is there something else you should be doing right now? Cleaning, paying bills, going to church, helping your kids with homework, or heaven forbid…should you be working right now? Are you on your employers dime? I would bet that relatively few careers require reading blogs. So where does that leave the mid-day blog reader? Are they predominantly retired or perhaps unemployed? Are they predominantly slackers who should be working? Are they all night shift workers who would rather blog than sleep during the day?

Last week I read Sam Taylor’s Record page views day post at the Herald blog. Quite coincidentally this was the very same day that Sam partially regurgitated one of my posts into their blog as Wally: Left-leaners pulling Jedi mind trick with district-only voting issue. The big attention grabber came a day later when I checked the Herald’s comment RSS. Sure, there were a lot of comments on the Wally: Left leaner thing but the wow! came from seeing the overall number of comments that were written while I was working to support my family.

On 12/4 there were about 72 comments during the roughly normal 8:00am-6:00pm working time and on 12/5 there were another 50 or so during the same time period. Herald staff, mostly Sam, were responsible for 10ish comments each day leaving the other 40-60 comments coming from people who should have been doing….perhaps something other than commenting.

And those who actually commented are only the flea on the tip of the iceberg. How many people are reading blogs instead of doing…something else that they should be doing. It makes one wonder about the demographics of the midday blogging audience as a whole. Are they a bunch of slacker and deadbeats? No, that would be presumptuous of me to say that. I’m sure they are just like you and me, except they don’t work during the day.

Does this all mean that the blogosphere is destined to be ruled by deadbeats, slackers, professional bloggers and the retired? Where is the working mans blog! I’m going to talk to the democrats about taking some of your money for a focus group. This must violate a constitutional liberty. We need blogging justice now!


  1. I suppose we can make all sorts assumptions about Bellingham readers online. It’s worth noting the high percentage of retirees and students in the city — both groups would typically have a good chunk of time they could devote to blog surfing (if I remember my students days correctly). Just one hypothesis.

    And what am I doing here? I don’t get paid by the hour but it is part of my job to stay connected — one of the reasons I appreciate the time you put into this site. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Mark R — December 12, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

  2. I think I got the retirees, but I did neglect to think about the students. We just fished and drank beer during my college off hours. The number of comments really just made me think about the demographics and priorities of commenters.

    Comment by Wally — December 13, 2007 @ 6:07 am

  3. Typical idiocy from a shallow pool known as Wally.
    As if there are a certain set of hours when a person should be hammering out a living.
    Gads you make Fred Thompson seem positively brilliant!

    Comment by da — December 14, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  4. Well, if you are really “hammering “out a living you are probably working daylight hours, unless you have a light plant.

    Comment by Poindexter P. Parkenfarker — December 15, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  5. Yep, I was pretty much thinking along the same lines as PoinTdexter. Working M-F during the day, is still the predominant American work schedule. It’s not “when a person should be” it’s when most of them are.

    You know da, it’s idiotic to waste time thinking of creative ways to imply that you think I’m an idiot. Just go ahead and call me an idiot. Be concise!

    And if you think Fred Thompson is an idiot give him an email too. That would be brilliant.

    Comment by wally — December 15, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  6. Sure, it’s unAmerican to work other than M-F during the day!
    Even an idiot would read his own nonsense.
    Sorry, 911 is closed, please call back M-F .
    Ok all you patients are on your own, see you on Monday!
    I can’t cook your dinner sir, I’m off at 4 pm.
    Taxi? Not on Saturday.
    Refinery? Yep closed til Monday.
    Need a cop?
    Call back during the regular work day.
    The things you say are so dumb it’s like you aren’t even trying!

    Comment by da — December 18, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  7. Fred Thompson is so dumb he makes Bush look like Einstein and Wally like Stephen Hawking but without the vocabulary.
    But Bush has a script writer so maybe there’s hope for your darling empty-head.

    Comment by da — December 18, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

  8. Just got done fighting a structure fire a few hours ago.
    Yet nowhere did I read that Wally suggested that guys like me stop work at a certain time.
    Since you appear to be at the same intellectual capacity of Michio Kaku, Why do you have such a difficult time comprehending his observation that so many Hamsters have free time during the day? Not feeling guilty and defensive now are we?
    I am so glad that I am not encumbered with da-da’s superior intellect…

    Comment by Poindexter P. Parkenfarker — December 18, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

  9. PoinTdexter,

    Did you win the fight?

    Comment by wally — December 18, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

  10. Da,

    You seem to have so much to say on a wide variety of topics. Have considered starting your own blog? Or have you decided to pursue life as a career commenter?

    Merry Christmas!

    Comment by wally — December 18, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

  11. Yes, We did! and I am indulging in the sin of pride for a little while. It always feels good to stop a crisis from becoming a catastrophe. We have an incredible group of volunteers. I’d fight a fire inside the gates of hell with them…But we do need more 18 to 25 year olds, I’m just getting to damn old for this…
    The family still has a livible intact home for this Christmas. Don’t mention my district as I value their privacy.
    Hope no Liberals read this, it might ruin my incompassionate cold hearted reputation…

    Comment by Poindexter P. Parkenfarker — December 18, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

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