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    My spirits are lifted: A guard returns to the wall

    My spirits are lifted: A guard returns to the wall

    Don Surber returns to the blogosphere.

    On April 27, 2012, I wrote One less guard on the wall:

    Don Surber is giving up blogging:

    After 7 years of blogging, I am quitting. I am exhausted. It was simply too much work. I am still employed by the Charleston Daily Mail and still writing editorial and columns and performing the sundry other tasks that go with any job.

    Blogging was something extra. I loved blogging because I came in contact with readers directly. But over the past few months I realized I cannot continue doing both. I ain’t Superman.

    I will miss you all and I appreciate the support from those who have emailed me.

    I then entered into one of my periodic “woe is me” thingies:

    I understand it.  I really do.

    I often joke about blogger burnout, but it’s a diagnosed condition for a reason….

    Independent conservative bloggers are a dying breed, I’m sorry to say.  They either burnout, or they join an established website.

    Yet the walls still have to be guarded by independent bloggers who bear a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom, and while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, you want us on that wall, you need us on that wall.

    Thank you for your service, Don.

    Having written another one of those “thingies” just last weekend, I was surprised today when I realized that as of August 8, Don Surber had returned to duty guarding the wall:


    https://twitter.com/donsurber/status/368488953684312066

    He calls himself now “The Official Scorekeeper of the 2016 Election“:

    Don Surber new banner

     

    My spirits are lifted. My faith in mankind restored. (let’s not get carried away here)

    Bring it on 2016.

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    mariner | August 17, 2013 at 1:34 am

    First we have to GET to 2016.

    […] JACOBSON: My spirits are lifted: A guard returns to the wall. “Don Surber returns to the […]

    I’ve seen this happening with other bloggers, including myself. http://workingclasscon.3littlefoxes.com/?p=21

    I am another independent, conservative blogger. Well, actually, I help run a substantial business, but I blog for fun at http://civilhorizon.com. I only post once a week or so, but you may find my take on things worthwhile, as I often do yours.

    “Yet the walls still have to be guarded by independent bloggers who bear a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom, and while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, you want us on that wall, you need us on that wall.”

    Professor, I’m interested in why you say this. I really understand why your website is significant in the discussion, but curious. As a (very tiny almost miniscule barely noticeable) blogger of a small blog with a couple other bloggers, I have to say it gets tough. You don’t want to just parrot the “big” bloggers or the news since so many people are all tuned in to them, but believe me, it gets difficult after a while especially since blogging is so time consuming and last fall was so depressing. As a (very tiny almost miniscule barely noticeable) blogger, it’s pretty tough to even see a reason for maintaining a blog for your reader/s.

    This is NOT a pitiful pitch for traffic because basically who cares. You do what you do because you must. I’m just interested in your fine-minded rationale.


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