“The exodus is about to begin…”

“The exodus is about to begin,” noted Jim Watkins, the WB 11 news anchorman (aka Kaity Tong’s co-anchor), while he introduced the tonight’s news segment on Memorial Day/summer driving trips. Yep, that’s right, it’ll be Friday of the Memorial Day weekend and people are off on vacation. Silly me, I have to go to work tomorrow. Eh.

“For Some, the Blogging Never Stops” – NY Times’ article in today’s technology section – there are people out there who are serious blogging addicts, but are without mass audiences. The writer, Katie Hafner, notes:

Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few. For some, it becomes an obsession. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don’t keep up. As they spend more time hunkered over their computers, they neglect family, friends and jobs. They blog at home, at work and on the road. They blog openly or sometimes… quietly so as not to call attention to their habit.

Hafner further notes:

Sometimes, too, the realization that no one is reading sets in. A few blogs have thousands of readers, but never have so many people written so much to be read by so few. By Jupiter Research’s estimate, only 4 percent of online users read blogs.

Indeed, if a blog is likened to a conversation between a writer and readers, bloggers… are having conversations largely with themselves.

The crazy bloggers let it consume them; then there are those who do get around to get back to life, but then feel guilty because the blog goes blah. Okay. Sure.

Personally, I think I know how to restrain myself and I don’t mind not having mass audiences. Really. Maybe. Hopefully? Eh. I’m a sucker for writing and reading, so I’ve come to appreciate blogging as a hobby. Then, once in awhile, I come across something like this article: lawyers who blog, thinking that’ll get them their next job. The Law.com article notes:

Forget want ads and recruiters. Bruce MacEwen has a new approach to job hunting: blogging.

Last month, MacEwen, a lawyer and legal consultant based in New York City, launched his own Web log….

“My motive is to increase my visibility among people interested in the management of big firms,” said MacEwen, who hopes one day to be an executive director at an AmLaw 100 firm.

Yeah, right. That’s just like saying, “All you need is a dollar and a dream,” isn’t it? If it works, let me know; I’d like to be a general counsel for a nice, public-interest minded-but-for-profit corporation and make six digits and then buy a bridge that’s between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Besides, the law professors who blog appear to have pretty successful blogs, from what I can tell, but I’d imagine that it’s because they’re profs (therefore slightly perceived as more expert than mere associates about that thing called “The Law”) and they’ve time to read everything (they’re profs – their job is to read because that’s the academic thing to do) and comment about anything (because that’s what they do all day in their classrooms and don’t a bunch of the law students out there get a hold of their profs on-line these days – of all people who have easy access to the Internet, it’s those in academia). Well, just my two cents; I could be wrong.

“Joan of Arcadia” – such a good show. I was watching the rerun tonight, and thought it was nice. When a show’s rerun is watchable when it’s a rerun, it’s a good sign that it’s a show for the long haul. Kudos for CBS for renewing it for next season.

“Star Trek: Enterprise” – season finale (a season finale because UPN mercifully gave the series a reprieve and let it continue for next year) – was 90% good. The last five minutes made me want to throw a shoe at the tv screen; the Star Trek writers just had to come up with a Really Ridiculous Cliffhanger ™. Argh. Just when you had all that nice suspense; big-blow-’em-up moments; and poignant character moments, you get Really Ridiculous Cliffhanger ™. Ah well. Kudos that Linda Park (playing communications officer Ensign Hoshi Sato) got good screen time and acted so well. Hoshi was such a sad character to watch (like, Captain Archer, could you just put more pressure on her to decode the codes when she’s psychologically barely holding herself together after being tortured by the Bad Guys? – and for those who didn’t get it, that was sarcasm on my part). Anyway, if you missed the season finale and forgot to tape it, feel free to catch the weekend re-broadcast in your region. Like I said, 90% good!

Hmm. I made two APA references (not that I was really counting). Pretty good there – and APA heritage month is wrapping up. So it goes…

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