Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Thanks for the Support - 20,000 Hits On

The Portland Freelancer reached 20,000 hits today which is quite a milestone. I'll be the first to admit I haven't found the mother groove yet but I'm a firm believer in doing things until the reason why becomes clear. I know that I always have to go through a lot of changes before I feel comfortable enough to present something real. There have been times when I felt in the zone but not all that many. Bear with me, and perhaps I will attain blog greatness yet. I marvel at the way Jack Bogdanski does his blog. After a while there's this spirit that drifts forward and I know from music and writing columns that this does not come easily. My 3 main inspirations were Jack, the One True b!X, and the original Portland Media Insider. That's what got me into it. Of course it's ridiculous that I write all this comedy for my clients but I rarely mine it for the blog. I did a little of that, but I can't send them stuff and then give it away here. If I think of this in professional terms, it doesn't really compare to writing for 140 radio stations or the Tonight Show. But when I think of musical gigs, I've played for a hell of a lot less people and it was as intense as it could possibly be. This is more like that. The blog experience means a lot to me right now. After writing for the Portland Tribune, it's a blast just to write on any topic I want. And I don't mean that as a knock on them - it's just business realities. You find yourself comparing Ross Island to Bermuda. Of course, there have been a few days when doing this - despite the freedom - was an absolute pain, and a few days where it was a great feeling. Mostly, it falls into the realm of a commitment, and I promise to try and get better at it. You know this is the second time I've changed one letter in a word for something new. Waiter - Change the A to an R - Writer. And next change the N to and L and move it around for 20,000 hits - Bong to Blog. Okay, see, there's an example of what I'm talking about. I'm still not quite tapped into the mother groove. But bear with me. I have not yet begun to blog.


At 6:59 AM, Blogger Frank Dufay said...

it falls into the realm of a commitment

Your committment showed, Bill, at the Tram awards when your musicianship was still there despite the small crowd.

And you may not post many gags here, but you still write some really funny s**t. And you remind me, sometimes, what it really means to be a patriotic American. Keep on rockin'...

At 7:36 AM, Blogger Jack Bog said...

Bill, solely because of your blog, I now find myself watching the Leno monologue instead of the Letterman. And believe me, that was moving a mountain. Immediately after the last possible McDonald joke, however, I switch to Dave.

BTW, thanks for the kind words.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Ruben Bailey said...

Keep on keepin' on.

An established multi-national superstar like yourself doesn't need any glad handing from this hack of a so-called writer, but you are doing good work with the bong, errrrr blog.

I come here everyday to see what your head decided to pass down to your hands. Always fun to visit and read.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Thanks, everyone. i bow to your greatness.

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good blog--I hit it a few times a week.

By the way, any chance you can offer BitTorrents of Born to Slack here?

At 3:35 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Are you responsible for Leno's joke where, at Ken Lay's funeral, no one said 'We are richer for having known him'?

That was a laugh out loud joke. If you wrote it, thank you.

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