I recall that rather amusing moment in the early days of TubeNet when the first person dared to verbalize what we'd all been observing for quite some time: that the board was all but idle on evenings and weekends. This person dared to view this as evidence that most TubeNet contributors were simply using it as a way to slack off at work. Mere conjecture? Maybe not...
Allow me to tell a story from several
weeks ago. For some reason, I was up well before noon
on a weekday and tried to post a blog entry around
11am. No luck. The server was obviously overwhelmed by
demand and hadn't the capacity to even load the page
where you enter the text. I've had this blog for six
months and that had never happened before...because I
almost always post in the late afternoon before I
leave to teach lessons.
Of course, being a
musician, I myself am rarely at work (or even awake)
before noon, so who am I to conclude that the high
e-traffic during the late morning hours is entirely
the fault of the chronically procrastinating cubicle
monkeys that are today's excuse for an American middle
class? It does make me wonder, though, because it has
to be attributable to some larger trend. It also
reminds me that by devoting any amount of non-leisure
time to our blogging enterprises, us musico-bloggers
are dancing on a fine line between
journalism/criticism and slackerism.
around friends, I'm downright embarrassed to refer to
either reading or writing a blog, and given what most
blogs actually are, maybe I should be. The web has a
lot to offer to both the work-a-holics and the
straglers, but it is a slippery slope to say the
least. I promise never to blog while teaching or
performing if the rest of you would please just GET
BACK TO WORK!