September 20, 2010

Where We Go From Here

I promised you several days ago that the break I took from blogging gave me some time to think about what I wanted to do as a writer and blogger, and that I'd have some changes and announcements to make.

So let's get to it.

Confederate Yankee has been my blogging home for almost six years now. It began as flippantly picked Blogspot blog by the same name, which was chosen to match the subject matter of a one-off blog post that soon became a blogging obsession.

The entire time I've had this blog, it has been focused on U.S. national politics, with forays into media criticism and other subjects. It will remain focused on those topics, and I may begin looking at other contributors to start writing on these subjects soon.

At the same time, while CY has done a lot for me, it has taken a lot from me as well. I don't sleep enough. I obsess over finding the next story. I rant and rave and get angry, and found myself coming dangerously close to going this nuts.


Did I mention that I don't want to be this nuts?

And so I'm doing three things.

  1. I'm backing off how much time I spend blogging
  2. I'm changing how I approach blogging
  3. I'm returning to blogging for fun

Expect my posting frequency to slow down a bit here. You'll see fewer long-form stories, and more links, and you shouldn't be surprised if I'm a bit more mellow in my approach. That said, I'm not stopping. Just re-focusing.

In addition to Confederate Yankee you will now be able to find me at and two subdomain blogs that I've got in beta, The Gun Counter and Restoration Song. Unlike CY, this is purely and completely a vanity blog, cataloging things I find that are interesting or a amusing.

The Gun Counter is exactly what it sounds like, a blog focusing on firearms and firearms-related stories.

Restoration Song is my attempt to find a high road and still talk about politics... if that can be done.

Folks, I'm not looking to shake things up all that much. I hope the changes actually give you more and more interesting content to check out, while still allowing me more time to focus on the things that really matter. I enjoy blogging, and I'll continue to do it, but there are other, far more important things to be doing with your life and mine, and I intent to start doing them.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 20, 2010 12:04 AM

Good for you. I had noticed a wee bit of intensity prior to your hiatus; relax, breathe deeply, and enjoy. I'll still lurk here, and elsewhere. I enjoy what I read here.

Posted by: gb at September 20, 2010 09:17 AM

Okay, bookmarks added. Always appreciate your level-headed thoughts.

Posted by: HH at September 20, 2010 11:34 AM

I sympathize and understand completely. Been there.
I try to ignore politics and focus and something that matters. My grandparents thought it was just entertainment and it was when they were young. People were free then.

Posted by: Odins Acolyte at September 20, 2010 05:53 PM

just what i need: more places i have to check every day.....

why does it have to be about you all the time, instead of us?

/white smoke

Posted by: redc1c4 at September 21, 2010 01:44 AM