If anyone thought that those of us behind Wizbang are some great conspiracy, yesterday should have put an end to that line of thought.
It’s no great secret that the three of us (Kevin, Paul, and I) who regularly write for Wizbang are pretty much autonomous. We all do what we want, when we want, how we want, and only occasionally does Kevin remind us who pays the bills for this place — but gently.
Yesterday, though, we kinda stomped on each others’ toes a bit.
Wizbang has a few regularly-scheduled features. The Caption Contest goes up Friday morning, the Carnival of the Trackbacks is on Saturday, and Thursday is the day I’ve set for Milblogger of the Week. (Nominations always being accepted.) The rest is pretty much catch as catch can.
I have fallen into a pattern, though. I’m a morning person, so I try to write three pieces before work. I put one up immediately, then time the others to go up later in the day — usually 11:00 and 2:00. If I have more, I’ll slot them for 8:00 and 5:00, covering the time I’ll be at work and unable to post. This usually works out well, but occasionally doesn’t, when a story I cover falls apart between the writing and publishing.
One thing I do NOT do is get in the way of the Caption Contest. I give that a wide berth — it is the 800-pound gorilla of postings, and anything I write too close to it time-wise will get plowed under.
Yesterday, Paul got a great idea for another contest of sorts. It’s going quite well, but I dunno if I woulda published it less than two hours after the Contest went up, and right after two other pieces.
Then, I decided to chip in my two cents’ worth about the Weblog Awards. Sorry, Kevin, I probably shoulda kept my mouth shut, but I still am appalled at the rampant cheating attempts last year. Further, I was also peeved at one of the competitors (who shall remain nameless), who thought it would be cute to e-mail me and ask for my help in rigging the voting in their favor, making allusions to the Bush re-election and Iowa and Florida. Toss in that this is a blogger I read once and casually despise, and the fact that this jerk was actually leading, got me a little annoyed.
In retrospect, I should have let that one go. It woulda been better to just PayPal Kevin the two cents directly, and found something else to write about.
In the meantime, though, I should work on my 11:00 piece. I got a dumb criminal story out of New Hampshire that oughta make most people cringe at just how stupid this one guy was…