April 25, 2014

Testing 1-2-3

So, you might have noticed that like a rude, ugly man with no money and bad acne, this blog hasn't gotten much action lately.

It's not that I haven't thought about this blog - and you, the readers - every single day. I have. It's that I haven't had much to say. Or, rather, I've had a bit to say but little time to say it.

[In a nutshell, here's what's happened since I last posted - I'm still working my ass off for the government and pretty much loving every minute of it despite the fact that the hours are long and the pace is exhausting. My face is healing but I've still got the beard because, well, you know, it's turned out to be a pretty kick-ass beard. I'm drinking less beer and losing a little weight so I don't look like, well, the Pillsbury Dough-Boy with a cool beard. The kids are good. My wife is working a full time gig which she's slightly afraid to love since it involves kids that aren't hers that just happen to be autistic. And, well, I think you're caught up.]

I started blogging more then ten years ago. Almost eleven. Things changed over those eleven years. Blogs became an import voice in the national (and international) dialog. So too did they become commercial enterprises. Bloggers were divided by category - geographic, political, dads, moms, comedians, corporate, government. Everyone had to fit into some nice, neat category and lost were those that just wanted to, well, wanted to express themselves.

Blogs have dwindled. Gone are the days when blogs held sway. They've been supplanted by 140 character text-bites or the brief Facebook posts. Maybe during these eleven years we've developed shorter attention spans. Maybe we're less willing to read anything that isn't categorized into something nice and clean.

In this day and age, I feel like I'm some kind of founding blog-father. And I feel like the relevance that so many wonderful writers infused into the medium is lost. And that saddens me.

I haven't gone anywhere. I've just grown a little discouraged. And a whole lot busier. But I haven't forgotten the fantastic people who've read my blog for so many years. I'm still thankful for you. I may be a bit less prolific but I'm still here, thinking my thoughts, and appreciating you for yours.

Posted by Chris at April 25, 2014 8:19 PM

Seasons come and seasons go, Chris. I'm glad to have found you on FB. The kids are getting so grown up. I'm glad you're feeling better and that Beth is working at something she enjoys.

I still have my blog but I don't do much posting now that the girls are adults. Can't believe how the time goes. Much love to Beth.

Posted by: Ann Adams at April 25, 2014 8:46 PM


Posted by: Jo at April 25, 2014 8:50 PM

Chris--I've followed you on Instagram and this blog, though my blog life has died as well. Maybe not died...but it's in a deep coma. Work is killing me. I think about you and your family and hope you are doing well.

Posted by: Rainbow Motel at April 25, 2014 9:31 PM

Aren't blogs different now? I miss the early days. Mine will be 12 this summer, although I am not sure you could say I've been blogging for 12 years. In my head, maybe.

Posted by: Jodi at April 25, 2014 9:39 PM

Have I been reading your blog that long? Wow! I remember reading when you announced that Beth was pregnant with the bean.

Posted by: Janice at April 25, 2014 9:48 PM

Back in the DAY! *throws blogger gang sign*

Posted by: Teejay at April 25, 2014 10:43 PM

Wow...couldn't have said it better myself. I feel like I am one of those who's attention span has gotten shorter over the years. So much so that I can't even keep my own blog up to date anymore, let alone read all of those that I used to follow regularly. For me, the only motivation to keep with mine is because it feels like a diary that I'll be able to give my kiddo later in life. Maybe yours is the same. Whatever the case, it's always fun to read your witticisms (is that even a word???).

Posted by: Jenn at April 25, 2014 10:54 PM

Wow, I can't believe you have been blogging for so long, it doesn't seem like that long. Although I'm not a consistant reader anymore, I still like to pop by once in a while. I miss the way blogging was, the good ol days!

Posted by: Adi at April 25, 2014 11:56 PM

Maybe we could revive the Haiku Smackdown ;)

Posted by: Heather at April 26, 2014 3:18 AM

Been a reader for all those years, and have been witness to so many cool changes in your little family. Honored to have been in the audience.

Posted by: Dianne at April 26, 2014 7:36 AM

It's your blog and you can post once a month if you want to.

And now that I've stuck that melody in your head, my work here is done.

Posted by: COD at April 26, 2014 10:23 AM

I've been following along on FB, but nice to see a post. I never missed a day blogging on my site and then this year, since I developed Lyme Disease, I have days where I just can't do it. Ah well, there is always tomorrow.

Posted by: Dackelprincess at April 26, 2014 10:49 AM

Blogging was an enormous help to me during a very hard time in my life. I felt I couldn't sustain my blog after everything got better (there's something intriguing about angst, right?) but I sure am glad that people out there are still blogging. And by "blogging" I mean just what you're doing here. I don't mean posting affiliate links or trying to make money. All this to say that I appreciate you and your family and your blog. Thanks for checking in.

Posted by: Alison at April 26, 2014 12:26 PM

I miss blogging and may be firing up something again in the near future. I agree, though, that the landscape has seriously changed. I appreciate the folks that are still doing it, because their sites, regardless of how often they post, are also the source of most of the quality that still exists in the blogosphere. So, thanks for hanging in there.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at April 28, 2014 11:15 AM

I echo all the thoughts above - I still check every morning to see if you've posted (even though I also follow you on Facebook). And I also still keep my blog, although I now post only about once every two months. But for me, it's a place to write and create something more "crafted" than a Facebook post. Thanks for being an awesome founding blog-father to follow!

Posted by: Heather at April 28, 2014 4:24 PM

No one ever wanted to read my blatherings, so I mostly wrote offline. I visited a lot of blogs though. This is the only one I still visit with any kind of regularity. Everything else feels like a sales pitch. Nice to see you write, whenever and however much.

Posted by: Martin at April 30, 2014 1:02 PM

As someone who's been here with you all these 10 years, I have to say the same. Well, at my 10th anniversary last year, I re-evaluated everything too.

But then, I like to write...although I'm nowhere as good as you are at it. So I'm not giving up the blog. It's not bringing me any money or fame. But it sure as hell brings me joy. :)


Posted by: oakley at May 2, 2014 2:01 AM

Re: last paragraph...ditto.

Posted by: dbs at May 3, 2014 6:24 PM

I am glad you are still here ; ). I've always enjoyed reading your blog and miss Beth as well.

Posted by: Lanette at May 4, 2014 12:00 PM

Keep it up, glad to see you are still here! So true on all fronts there.

Posted by: Heather at May 4, 2014 1:18 PM

I've been reading for a long time (although not as much as before, because, well, for the reasons you spelled out). I feel, though, a need to return to these sorts of blogs and go back and find the people I used to follow because I miss actually reading blogs and not trying to follow somebody through 140 characters or a Facebook post. I feel like an old lady.

Posted by: Stephanie at May 21, 2014 8:36 PM
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