Surrender to the Flow

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Frank Paynter writes:

I’m sure Adam Rifkin speaks for many of us when he says:

Why does having a blog mean feeling perpetually behind? (Not just in
having something to say, but in finding time to type it in, press POST,
sending the bits over the 802.11, out the 10Base-T, through the router,
down the T1, over the leased line, off the bridge, past the firewall…
nothing but Net?)

Has it really been a fortnight since my last confession?

I think the answer is to let go of the immediacy compulsion. I have several thoughts I’d like to develop into long posts (i.e. very brief essays). I have some tidbits of online research I’d like to share. I have a couple of larger blog-proj items I’d like to get done, and I’m perpetually behind. That’s just how it is.

Frank, I know that feeling well (Adam Rifkin’s Karma…), perpetual “behindness,” but for me the repeated lesson of blogging is to let go, stop worrying, and learn to love the drift.

Trust you subconscious ability to do triage and spend your attention where your heart’s priorities lie. The wheels will squeak when they need grease. Just stay in the moment and keep paying attention. It’s not your job to document the entire cosmos let alone your entire flow of awareness. It’s like yoga. If you do any of it ever it’s a Good Thing. Trust the force, Frank.

Any way to restore hastily deleted comments?

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Bastards put my own URL in one of their spam comments and in my haste I deleted some legitimate comments (posted by myself). Feelin’s stupid.
If I go to backups of my mysql database should I be able to resurrect the killed comments?
I did manage to preserve the post IDs for the comments, which should help in plundering any backup of the database:
2222
2560
1333
2510
361
249
244
225
217
206
105
101

Will no one rid me of this troublesome spam?

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I wasn’t kidding about wanting a intern to volunteer for spam-destruction. As a perk I will offer posting privileges to the front page of this blog to anyone (who is already a blogger) who volunteers for this all-important spam squelching mode.
This requires both deleting spam and banning URLs daily but also noticing the patterns and coming up with a proposal for how to deal with this in the long run (move to WordPress or Scoop? what about wiki spam?).
(Note: I googled will no one rid me of this * and learned that the original Henry quotation vis-a-vis Thomas à Becket is alternately rendered as Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?, Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest? and – to my mind, the least likely as it makes less sense unless the meanings have really changed, or vice versa the most likely as having been replaced with other words if perhaps the meaning of turbulent has in fact changed (paging the OED) – Wll no one rid me of this turbulent priest?.)

How blogs die

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I declare this blog (Blogistan Editorial) a failure! How liberating to say so. Plus, it died, so we can dissect it without causing any further pain to the organism.
My theory, it’s a dry eddy off the mighty Mississipppi that is Radio Free Blogistan. We have a whole community out there and we’re conspiring the editorial management of the blog in this dusty backroom that we don’t even check much because it’s usually boring and it has a stupid lock on it and we don’t always carry that key.
The good news is I have a proposed solution. I imagine most of the things raised on this blog if spoken about in public would have been acted on by now, or at least sooner (than the never many of these things have ended in). I have to lead but not with rules but by example.
For instance, there are five of us and five working days a week. I am going to claim Wednesday and that will be the day that I will guarantee there’s at least one new good link, ideally before 9 am on the east coast.
No one else has to claim a day, but if you think it would be fun, then go ahead and claim another day. It’s almost like being the “guest editor” of the paper one day a week.
I would like to import this blog into the main one and keep it as as category anyone can read. Before I do that, I’d like a consensus that that’s OK and I’d like to give everyone a chance to read through their posts and redact anything that they wouldn’t have put in the public had they been expecting the cloaking to come off some day.
I guess I’ll trackback to this entry to form a weak link until we resolve this stagnant pool of an editorial backwater.