Johnny thinks I've blogged too much about television so far this year. At the heart of his claim is his belief that I watch too much television. In fact, he has developed a rather extensive post in support of this claim.
I'll water it down for you as it's pretty long... I create a New Year's Resolution to give up swearing as a cover for my real problem... too much television viewing, which, in turn, is resulting in too much television blogging.
I think what Johnny fails to realize is that, aside from my witty insight into the craft of television, I'm actually quite boring.
All joking aside, yes, Katie and I do watch an awful lot of TV. It's a fact we've realized for some time and have been slowly whittling away the number of shows we watch. We don't watch nearly the number we used to. We're a good 30% down on how much we used to watch. So I don't really think his claim is as substantiated as he may think. I blog pretty much about the same shows over and over again. Not hundreds of different shows. Heck, several of his examples of my "overdoing it" are just pop-culture references and don't represent recent viewing habits at all.
But, don't think I haven't noticed that an inordinate number of my posts fall in the Entertainment 2007 category.
However, when you're suffering from a minor creative blockage like I am, you tend to write what you know to keep you going. In my case, I like to think I know television. I studied it in college, after all. I have a master's degree in media studies.
But you know what, even though he didn't word it as such, I accept the challenge inherent in his post. Since we're already paring down how much we watch, I'm going to focus on trying to not blog about television.
That's a bit too broad a challenge, though, isn't it? I can't completely give up on something I love like that, right? I just need to scale back a bit. And that much should be done in baby steps. So I'll start with a week. No blogging about television for one week and we'll see where it goes from there. If it winds up longer, more power to me.
But rules must be set, boundaries drawn, clarifications made.
Unlike in Johnny's post, which applies a very liberal interpretation of what constitutes a "television" post, I will be much more clear about it using several of Johnny's "points" as a launchpad.
- "Movies" do not equal "Television" when they are watched in a theater
- "Music" is not "Television" even if the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is televised
- "Stand-up Comedy" is not "Television" regardless of if the comic shot to stardom on his own series
- "Sports" are not "Television" despite being aired on TV, that's just programming
- Likewise, "Politics" are not "Television" even if they are reported on the news or covered on C-SPAN
I can talk about movies I've seen on the big screen, music I listen to, comedians I hope to see live in Vegas, how the Bears are doing in the playoffs, and what jagoff is doing what in D.C. I will not be as loose in my interpretation of what is "television" as Johnny was in his post.
Besides, what better way to overcome some mild writer's block than with a challenge? I accept.
And I'll come up with something for you, too, Johnny. Don't you worry.