The wording of the following post has flummoxed me for the better part of the weekend. There is news I must share with you, news which simultaneously feels very important yet represents no significant change from your perspective.
The Blogocracy, the world council of which meets in a hardened bunker deep underneath the Alps, has called me into higher service; as of today I am a regular contributor to Instaputz, the internet's foremost site for pointing out what a bag of wet dicks Glenn Reynolds is. What was once a tag team effort by Blue Texan (of Firedoglake) and TS (origins unknown) is now a mighty troika. We who so savor mocking right wing pundits recognize our own kind and tend to congregate.
I am thrilled by this opportunity, not because it carries with it any tangible rewards but because it will give me the opportunity to swear about David Brooks in front of a much wider audience. We're talking like ten or fifteen times wider. Technically audience size is irrelevant, but those of us who spend copious amounts of time writing without compensation take comfort in knowing that someone is reading. Maybe it's malignant narcissism or maybe it's an easy rationalization, but: If this brings information or pleasure to other people, then it's worth it to me.
So what does this mean for ginandtacos? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Same format, same content, same frequency. Wild, incontinent horses couldn't drag me away from this thing. Maybe there will be a few more names popping up in the comments, but rest assured that I won't soon forget the people who have been here all along.
This represents a challenge for me because the prospect of contributing to another blog made me confront the fact that…well, I'm not really a blogger. I have never considered this to be a blog, a format I associate with short, frequent, and truculent posting. I think I'm more of an essayist, and that's not because I'm pretentious and the term makes me feel more important. What I mean is that my posts are less frequent (daily, although lately I've tried to do a late-afternoon quickie too) and exceptionally long-winded by blogging standards. I'm more of a shitty, prodigious imitation of Mencken or Twain than a true blogger, so it will be a learning experience for me to adapt to that format.
Thanks to everyone who has followed along thus far. I'll stick around if you will. Back to business as usual later today.