Perhaps it’s a bit odd to celebrate grinding diligence, but I’m proud of myself. Yesterday’s post on model bills (a bit of a snoozer of a topic, I’ll admit) marked the 100th consecutive daily post on this blog.
I realized in late December 2018/early January 2019 that WordPress tracks streaks once you hit three consecutive days of posting, so I decided to see how long I could keep the momentum going. Initially, I was just going to try to get through January. It’s a slow month in the academic year, a rare moment when I have a sliver of extra time to devote to extracurricular hobbies, like music.
Of course, the more I wrote, the easier it became to churn out posts on any number of topics. Pretty soon, I’d gotten to fifty posts. Despite Internet outages (within weeks of each other, both times because a Frontier technician incorrectly disconnected my line), I was able to get some posts up (even if they weren’t of the best quality).
So, to celebrate, I thought I’d take today “off” with a classic retrospective (which I already do once or twice a week with “TBT Thursdays” and “Lazy Sundays“)—a written “clip show,” if you will, of The Streak ’19’s Top Five Posts (so far).
The following are the five posts with the most views as of the time of this writing, presented in descending order (most views to fewest):
1.) “Hump Day Hoax” – it seems these local stories do well (my piece on the fight at the Lamar Egg Scramble has turned up in quite a few searches; I’m still trying to find more details about it). This piece was about the Mayor of Lamar’s claim that her car was vandalized in a racially-motivated attack, and she expressed relief that the vandal didn’t try to kill her and her husband. When the Darlington County Sheriff’s deputy came out to investigate, he discovered the mysterious yellow substance was pollen! That didn’t prevent it from making national news, getting a mention in Newsweek.
At first, I thought our mayor was just trying to get some cheap PR and sympathy for herself, but after discussing it with some other folks, the consensus seems to be that she suffered from stupidity, filtered through a conspiratorial, black victim mentality. Rather than see the sticky substance for what it was—the ubiquitous pollen that covers our fair Dixie—the mayor’s first thought was a racist attack.
That’s a sad way to live. As I wrote in this piece, the mayor is a sweet lady, and I think she really wants to do her best to help our little town. That said, this kind of ignorant hysteria doesn’t help anyone or anything, much less race relations.
2.) “Secession Saturday” – boy, this post generated some views. The focus of this post was a piece from American Greatness, “The Left Won’t Allow a Peaceful Separation,” by Christopher Roach. It explores whether or not some kind of peaceful parting of ways between America’s two cultures—traditionalists and progressives—is desirable, and revisits questions the American Civil War resolved—at least for a time—with force of arms (“do States have the right to secede?,” for example).
A panicked former student texted me in anguish, worrying about a Civil War II, after seeing this post on Facebook. I tried to allay her fears. But the real point of my commentary was on the idea that the Left is fundamentally totalitarian, and will broach no disagreements. That’s a key insight Roach and others make, and it’s why I reference back to his piece so frequently.
Of course, it also helped that I linked to this guy in the comments of a more successful blog.
3.-4.) “Nehemiah and National Renewal” & “Nehemiah Follow-Up” – these two posts came amid a week in which I found myself immersed in the Book of Nehemiah (one of my favorites in the Old Testament, as he builds a wall to renew his nation). The initial post sparked some great feedback from Ms. Bette Cox, a fellow blogger (who, incidentally, preceded me in my soon-to-be-vacated position as the Florence County [SC] GOP Secretary). She astutely pointed out that my first post missed a key point: in Nehemiah 1, the prophet falls to his knees and asks for God’s Will.
5.) “Tucker Carlson’s Diagnosis” – one of the posts from the early days of The Streak ’19, it was also a rare video post from me. I’ll occasionally embed YouTube videos in my posts, but I tend to avoid writing posts that say, “hey, watch this lengthy video.”
Nothing bugs me more than when I’m out somewhere, having a conversation, and someone thrusts a phone in my face with a YouTube video. I’ve actually told my friends that if they do this, I will refuse to watch it. It’s not that I don’t want to share the joke with you; it’s that you’re making me watch a video on a cellphone! C’mon. I can barely hear the dialogue (or song, or whatever) on your tinny, bass-less phone speaker. Furthermore, can’t we have a conversation without resorting to SNL clips?
But I digress. I made an exception for Tucker Carlson’s powerful monologue about our frigid, uncaring elites. I’ve definitely jumped on the Carlson populist-nationalist train, and I think he makes a compelling case for preserving—or, at least not actively destroying—small towns and the families they nurture.
So, there you have it—a lengthier-than-planned reheating of my posts during The Streak ’19.
Thanks for all of your love and support. Here’s to another 100 posts!