I ran into someone the other day and they said, ‘How come you’re not writing on your site anymore?’
“There are two main reasons,” I replied: “No one cares and nothing ever changes.”
“True,” the person replied before walking off.
Well, here we are in December, ready to close out the midterm year of 2018 and get into the off-year of 2019.
It’ll be a legislative year, something I don’t even want to think about.
Municipal elections will be gearing-up soon. Few will pay attention. Here in Missoula, many candidates will raise $5,000 or more to get elected.
Further afield, we’ll begin to see 2020 presidential candidates pop up like mushrooms after a bad rain.
Already ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden is making his intentions known, while closer to home, Tester might be muddling Bullocks’.
I have to be honest – none of it really matters to me. I haven’t been checking the news at all much, sometimes not even once a day.
I’ve moved on a bit and found other things to occupy my time. I’ve even quit smoking cigarettes. Yep, some serious life changes underway right now.
It’s a relief, in a way.
And like I said to that person I ran into…no one really cares.
So far, 283 people have visited this Montana Blog so far this month. That comes to 40 a day.
Google tells me that 60% of my visitors are male and that 28% are between the ages of 25 and 34. The second largest age group is 35- to 44-year-olds at 19%.
Of the 1,411 unique visitors to this site so far this month, just 353 of them are from Montana.
Here in the Treasure State, 85 of my visitors have come from Missoula, my largest locale.
- 41 are from Helena
- 41 from Bozeman
- 33 from Kalispell
- 30 from Billings
- 15 from Great Falls
- 14 from Whitefish
- 10 from Butte
- 9 from Havre
- 5 from Hamilton
- 5 from Big Sky
- 4 from Hamilton
- 2 from Miles City
- 1 from Sidney
Not a lot of people are interested in independent news and commentary from Montana. The former writers of the Missoula Independent know that – at least one of them is now leaving the state to work for an independent paper in a locale that cares about such.
Here in Montana you still have Reptile Dysfunction and Montana Post to keep you informed about things via the blogs. Missoula Current will give you a bit of Missoula news that the corporate paper and TV stations won’t.
My advice? Tune it all out and focus on what’s really important in your life, what really has an impact on you.
Politics and what politicians say and do…well, it don’t have much of an impact at all.
Have a good Christmas and New Year.