I need some feedback. As most of you know, I like live blogging – instant coverage of live political events. I started out over at dKos and have continued that tradition here. I believe it’s important to keep our cubicle dwellers and others informed when they don’t have live access to those events.
Most of you also know that I’m a very bad typist who makes lots of spelling mistakes as I pound away on my keyboard as fast as possible while transcribing testimony without ever having had any typing lessons. I never thought I’d need them much since I’ve worked in fields that didn’t require typing. You’ve all been forgiving about that. Thank you.
Now, here’s where I need your feedback…
This week, I’ve been live blogging the Roberts hearings and it’s been a tough one – not just because they’ve involved a lot of legalese, but because I haven’t been able to turn over the transcription duty to anyone else. These have been the quietest hearings I’ve ever live blogged in terms of participation in the form of commentary from my fellow bloggers.
I understand that many people feel Roberts is a shoe in and that that has affected interest in the hearings. I felt the same way, but I have found the hearings interesting nonetheless. I like the law and I love learning, so I’ve endured.
I also know, from some comments that I have received, that there are some fellow BTers out there who are using my transcriptions to follow the hearings. Thank you for letting me know you’re there.
What I need to know is why so many of you have not participated. I won’t judge your reasons. I’d just like to know what they are.
I stopped my transcriptions to write this diary after I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. I’m in physical pain – most of you know that history. I had to ask myself honestly how much more I could do. Could I finish transcribing today’s hearings? My body says no and that’s frustrating because I sincerely want to. I’m tired. I need a break. I also need to know whether, in the future when I live blog events, I’ll have some help. It’s too much for one person to do day after day.
I’m going back to the live Roberts hearing diary now to follow the witness testimony and may make some short comments about any significant remarks. Other than that, I’m pretty much done. These hearings end today and the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next Thursday on the confirmation. I don’t know if it’s necessary to live blog that vote. You’ll have to let me know.
P.S. I’m not looking for heaps of praise here. I just want your feedback. Thanks!