PEORIA -- Two prominent Peoria bloggers have expressed frustration with the time and commitment that blogging demands.
From Bill Dennis of Peoria Pundits: "Count me along those bloggers who need a 36-hour-day to fit all the blogging they want to do into a schedule that has to include work, sleep, food and at least some social interaction with friends and family."
From C. J. Summers of The Peoria Chronicle: "I’ve been noticing lately that Billy Dennis has really stepped up his citizen journalism. He’s always been the “blogfather,” of course, but I’ve noticed an increase in his first-hand reporting lately. He’s doing an especially good job of covering the 18th congressional district race.
"I frankly can’t keep up with him anymore. If he keeps this up, I may give up my blog and just occasionally post guest commentary on his site."
Duh -- blogging can be work.
It's journalism when done right. That means covering events, interviewing people, finding information. That can be fun, but it's also work, and few people can afford to pursue full time work without a paycheck attached.
Even if a blogger/journalist doesn't need a paycheck to survive, other interesting events intervene: vacations, entertainment, family obligations. Soon it's tempting to say 'to heck with that meeting, that issue. Who cares anyway!'
That said, let's hope Bill Dennis and C. J. Summers don't become blogger dropouts. They perform very valuable services to the community, digging out information and presenting opinions and analysis that the mainstream media may not have the resources to present.
Even when they are wrong, or wrong headed, the work of bloggers -- mostly volunteer apparently -- matters as much or more to the community than the activities many volunteers pursue, from organizing fund raisers and running interest groups to backing politicians.
Information and discussion fuels our democracy and keeps us relatively free in a world that wants to control everyone.
Keep on truckin'.