Kick Off

“As a former reporter – 13 years at Forbes, four at PC Week, four at daily newspapers – I still have a verbal itch to scratch, and this is the leg of the couch I choose to do it on.”

Tenet insanabile multos scribendi cacoethes et aegro in corde senescit. – Juvenal

Juvenal wrote that an incurable itch for scribbling [cacoethes scribendi] takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breast.

Oliver Wendell Homes wrote: “So many foolish persons are rushing into print, that it requires a kind of literary police to hold them back and keep them in order.”

It is said that 12,000 so-called blogs are launched every day. Here’s yet another.

In the mid-90s such efforts as these were known as “online diaries.” The late Suck.com had its way with them back in 1996.

“These gonzo journal-ists
scattered the contents of their
lives across the information
highway and now simply wait for
rubberneckers to crane for a
view of the twisted wreckage of
their minds …”

Having succumbed to the “tipping point” meme of this political silly season I gave in and set up an RSS feed reader and subscribed to those blogs commended as the best and brightest. Sigh. The reader – SharpReader — notifies me in ever-more-irritating popups, of new postings from everybody from the New York Times to some guy named Fred – all pig-piling onto the latest newsflash like word paparazzi. The good stuff, the focused stuff, shows some real reporting, and is not someone’s bloviations on current events.

So what’s my point in greasing the ways, knocking out the chocks, and swinging the champagne bottle against the prow of my ship?

Boredom, a cluttered mind, and a terminal case of cacoethes scribendi.

As a former reporter – 13 years at Forbes, four at PC Week, four at daily newspapers – I still have a verbal itch to scratch, and this is the leg of the couch I choose to do it on.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Kick Off”

  1. Welcome aboard the Blogging world of “””Everyone has an opinion”””———some are just bigger than others!!!! Mine is VOIP, and ”’WHY””” Level3 is going to kick everyone’s A$$!!! welcome and come visit!

    Skibare

  2. David, welcome to the blogging world. Just found your site via Om Malik. We spoke last maybe in 1994 or 1995 when you were writing an early commercial Internet piece for Forbes and I was running one of the early (and tiny) Web site development and hosting firms. I made a terrible mistake in that business: we stayed small and became quite nicely profitable. So I never made millions nor lost millions.

    I’ve been running two blogs for a few years. Interestingly, my Wi-Fi blog (wifinetnews.com) is not only a good source of revenue and a good return on my time, but it’s also been the biggest source of me picking up freelance writing for a host of IT and business publications. It’s allowed me to afford to be obsessed on a topic.

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