Hal Wright, my hero (Photo courtesy of Out West)

Hal Wright, my hero (Photo courtesy of Out West)

No posts for a month? Dear readers, you must have wondered what hole I fell into.

It was a deep and wide hole, and its name is Overcommitment. I fell down it and couldn’t get up. Several of my friends were down there, too. We discussed our predicament over many beers. This did not help us get out of the hole, but when you’re sipping on a New Belgium Lips of Faith Dunkelweiss (9% ABV, oh yeah!), you really don’t care. The more appalled I became at my lack of posts, the more beer I drank.

Anyway, let me explain how I became Overcommitted and contracted a severe case of Blog Fatigue.

I started this blog back in January so I could chronicle my annual Oscar Run, where my husband and I watch about 30 movies in 30 days. We did it. I chronicled it. I blogged regularly. Life was good. I figured I’d keep blogging after Oscar season, but my plans were vague.

Flush with success, I happened upon Metblogs.com, a network of city-specific blogs, and noticed there wasn’t one for San Diego. I flagged down one of their Grand Poobahs and our conversation went something like this:

ME: Um, where’s San Diego’s metblog?
HE: There isn’t one.
ME: What? Why?
HE: Got bloggers?
ME: Heck yeah.
HE: Great. You’re city captain. Get 3 posts a week out of each of them.

So I went from zero blog commitment to super-sized blog commitment in less than 3 months. And I was not just whipping myself into a blogging state, but 10 other bloggers as well. Sort of like Perry White. Great Caesar’s ghost!

Dear readers, I choked. My stream of posts to both blogs dried up. I became the Buffalo Bills of bloggers.

Part of the problem was that the original driving force behind my personal blog, seeing all Oscar nominees before the awards, was finished. The Oscars were given out February 22, so I lost that sense of urgency. Another part was that being so new to blogging, I didn’t feel I could harangue other bloggers into posting more often. (I still struggle with that.)

However, I saw a story on CBS Sunday Morning that inspired me. It was about Hal Wright, publisher of the newspaper Sierra Booster.

I thought I had it bad, herding my 10 bloggers. Hal was his newspaper’s sole reporter, photographer, ad salesman, copy editor, and paperboy. His cut-and-paste involved actual paper and paste. His subscribers covered an area of over 600 square miles around Loyalton, California in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He delivered his papers by airplane. And at the time this story originally aired on CBS, he was 92 years old.

His attitude was overwhelmingly positive. About news in his area: “You can’t print anywhere near all the news that’s going on all the time. Even in a small town.” He constantly hustled for ads. He wanted to see everything, even the new plumbing room at the general store. If it happened in his town, he cared about it, and he published it.

My burdens, by comparison, seemed ridiculously light. An hour or two in front of a screen, and I’m done. I decided to stop whining and get back to writing.

Hal Wright kept writing until his passing in June of 2000 at the age of 96. He lived to see the 50th anniversary of the Sierra Booster. Now his daughter Jan Buck publishes it, and you can read it online at http://www.sierrabooster.com/.

And I found, when I crawled out of my hole, that they are still making movies, and stuff is still going on in San Diego. So I’ll keep writing about it. And if you want to help me out by signing up to be a San Diego Metblogs author, that would be cool, too.