Wolfgang Mozart was quoted as saying, "When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer — say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep — it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best, and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them."
As someone that attempts to create anew virtually every day of the year, I know how he felt. Suffice it to say, I have not had enough carriage rides or leisurely strolls after good meals these days and, as a result, I have not had as many good ideas. As Mozart pointed, you cannot force those ideas to flow. There are a number of reasons why my blogging has slowed dramatically and I realize the blog has suffered along the way.
For those of you who care (a small number I am sure), my idea drought is not the result of unhappiness. Far from it. This last six months is probably the happiest of my adult life.
But I recognize that Buckeye Commentary has been a shadow of its former self and I take the blame for that. The site deserves better, and so do (most of) you. You deserve more than a boring piece I am able to concoct in under 30 minutes once a week and the occasional apology for not posting more.
I know some of you do not like the lack of basketball content on the site. Simply put, I do not have the same passion for basketball and to blog about the team would be boring for me and you. I would essentially rehash the news. That is not blogging. I have offered before, and I will do so again now, if you want to write about the basketball team, or any other sport, step forward and click the link that says 'contact.'
I will not drone on but simply resolve myself to update the site with the regularity to which you had become accustomed. With that said, onto the...
1. If you think the site sucks, go away. This is a free operation and I am not obligated to provide you with anything. I write this blog because I love the Buckeyes and I like to write. I never told you I was good at it and I never asked for your criticism. Over a year period, I spend as much or more creative energy on this site than many do at paying jobs. If you still refuse to leave and feel compelled to make an angry comments about the quality of the blog, don't. Seethe quietly in your recliner and wait for the next random curiosity to dance through your head. If you think you think you could do a better job, you have two options: (1) start your own blog, or (2) volunteer to write for Buckeye Commentary.
2. If you want to dissent, go right ahead. We love dissent. If you disagree with something you read on the site let us know. Make your case. We would love to hear it. disagreement is a central tenet of college football. It is what keeps the sport interesting and it is what keeps this blog interesting. All we ask is that you make your points passionately, based on evidence, and that you exercise a modicum of maturity, thoughtfulness, and class.
3. Don't engage in hazing on the page. I understand that the Internoodle is the most democratic tool since universal suffrage. I know it is an open forum where you can write whatever you want. Believe it or not, there are readers out there that still want this site to continue and it bothers them to see vulgar posts made by anonymous readers meant only to inflame. When comments are made specifically to harm the site it ruins the conversation for everyone. Angry and snarky comments do not engage the readership on meaningful level and do not create value. Chances are, if you came to the site on purpose you are interested in talking about Ohio State football.
3(a). Satire and irony are greatly appreciated. Your comments should be rooted in Buckeye passion not an overwhelming desire to point out a typographical error or a misplaced modifier. Hey, we make mistakes. But, it is not as if we leave out capital letters and punctuation. If you see a mistake, please let it go. Even the Times makes them. If you want to be taken seriously try to engage with some sophistication.
Now that I have that off my chest, let's get back to football.