As we speak, snow is falling on empty baseball diamonds. GMs and reporters are planning to get on airplanes and head to Las Vegas tomorrow after telling their wives that the Winter Meetings start on Friday night instead of Monday. Prince Fielder is sitting in a lounge chair and enjoying the realization that Ho-Hos are vegetarian. In other words, it’s slow season, and when slow season strikes, you start thinking and reading about stuff that isn’t quite baseball.
One thing that I just read (and I have no idea why I was reading it, but there you are) is a post from Arianna Huffington about the nature of blogging. In it she says:
Blogging is all about connecting to others. The bond between blogger and reader creates an intimacy that is a much-needed corrective to the isolation that hard times bring. I’m always amazed by the things I learn from commenters I’ve never met but feel that I know. And I’m equally amazed by the things I keep discovering about myself in the course of writing and clarifying what’s important to me.
She may be kind of loony, but she’s not wrong. As I went on and on at length about back in October, the whole blogging thing works for me because of the conversational nature of it all. Because of the commenters who teach me way more than I teach them. Because when you write 160+ posts a month, you don’t have to worry about being wrong once in a while, and the fear of being wrong is what makes for some really tepid writing and analysis in the first place.
It’s a scary world these days, and between the wars and the economy and everything else, it’s not easy to find a comfy place in which to relax. This place serves that purpose for me, and I just wanted to thank all of you for helping to make it what it is.