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GPW’s vow — More “T-shirt Blogging” in 2007

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:35 pm - January 5, 2007.
Filed under: Blogging,General

Back when I used to run in road-races, I basically separated the races into two categories, those I ran for the hardware (i.e. trophies) (or to set a personal record) and those I ran for the T-shirt. You see, I determined that I could only wear the race T-shirt if I actually finished the race. When I didn’t feel I could run to my potential, I would be content just to finish — and so get the shirt.

I think I need to adopt a similar attitude to blogging. As I’ve been going through the papers in my apartment, I discover countless scribbled notes for potential posts, some which I have long since turned into actual posts, others which I have long since forgotten.

More often than not, when I come up with an idea for a post, I want to turn it into a more essay-like piece, a thoughtful examination and reflection of the topic at hand. Perhaps, sometimes, I need to write posts akin to the races I ran for the T-shirt where I just type up the idea as quickly as possible, more to get it done and out there than to express it as best I can. For even with the “T-shirt posts,” I would leave the comments section open, inviting discussion of my idea.

So, in the coming year, I’m going to try to do most “T-shirt blogging” where instead of working on turning an idea into an essay, a Op-Ed if you will, I do, as many bloggers have long been doing, and just say what it is I have to say, putting in only the effort needed to finish the post. Much as I once ran races, putting in only the effort I needed to finish.



  1. GPW, will those posts include some sort of pithy saying or amusing turn of phrase, like so many t-shirts? We hope so!

    Comment by Mike — January 5, 2007 @ 3:44 pm - January 5, 2007

  2. Mike, I’ll try. 🙂

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — January 5, 2007 @ 3:54 pm - January 5, 2007

  3. Just remember, T-shirts shrink with usage.

    Comment by John — January 5, 2007 @ 4:35 pm - January 5, 2007

  4. Just as long as you keep on posting, I don’t think we readers care how long the post is, as long you bring up the interesting points. In many a blog, I find the discussion in the comments can be much more illuminating than the original post. (no offence to the blogger!!)

    Comment by Leah — January 5, 2007 @ 6:14 pm - January 5, 2007

  5. Hi,
    Happy New Year!
    I emailed you last month, just wanted to say Hi AND HOPE YOUR YEAR IS GREAT.

    Comment by patti — January 22, 2007 @ 8:54 am - January 22, 2007

  6. Does this mean all this time you’ve been blogging shirtless? 😉

    Comment by Doug — February 16, 2007 @ 9:18 am - February 16, 2007

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