I just can’t write another article about how bad the US is screwing up its Coronavirus response

Posted on 04/23/2020 in misc

Like everybody else, the pandemic is "top of mind" 24 x 7 for me. I'm writing to help myself not internalize all of it. You can find other posts in the series at https://odonnellweb.com/pelican/tag/coronavirus.html

Many years ago I started a blog dedicated to helping parents understand new technology and web services, and how to deal with them as parents. This is back when Facebook was still new and you could actually start a blog with the idea you would make money from it. (The blog you are reading generated decent part-time money for a couple of years back in the day.) The parenting blog blew up pretty big and IIRC I had over 1000 RSS subscribers in about 90 days. The fact that I was counting RSS users is another clue about the age of the site.

Anyway, I learned something about myself in that process. I learned that I hated writing about the same subject every day. After 90 days I just couldn’t write another stupid blog post about Facebook privacy controls, or whatever. So I sold the site (for beer money) and went on with life.

Why am I writing about this today? Because I just can’t write another article about how bad the US is screwing up its Coronavirus response. It’s been at least 90 days since the Federal Govt. absolutely positively knew this was going to be a major problem, and we still have no national strategy for dealing with it. It’s a fucking clown show in DC, except these aren’t funny clowns from Ringling Brothers. They are the clowns of your nightmares from a horror movie, and they don’t care if you die.

Actually, there are no funny clowns, and mimes are the absolute worst. But that is another blog post.

I have enjoyed the forced discipline of producing a blog post and every day, and I think this pandemic diary will be a useful artifact in the future, even if I’m only person that ever looks back on it. So I’m not saying I won’t continue to post every day, but I’m taking the pressure off myself to produce something here every day. It’s not like y’all don’t know where I stand on things. And yes, it is amusing that I’m writing this like somebody would care or even notice if I skipped posting for a week or a month. In the first post in March I was talking about weekly updates, so who knows what’ll happen from here.

Stay safe out there, and stay home.