Today marks the tenth anniversary of my first post here at Blogging Blue: Nagging unemployment: whose fault is it anyway? Not sure if it’s fair to call it my post since I quoted another writer…and got permission to do so…and gave him his due. But there it is!
At the time that Zach asked me to join I thought this was the perfect outlet to vent a bit and put my ideas out in a public forum for the consideration of others. I never expected to last ten years…nor have posted nearly 3,500 posts in the meantime…with 6,200 Twitter followers and 1,600 on Facebook.
And the last thing I ever expected to do was take over the publishing reins when Zach decided to pull back. But by then I was hooked and nearing retirement and didn’t want to lose the place or to have to start a new site…start all over? YIKES!
I may have gotten a bit obsessive at times: the Whither Milwaukee County series or the COVID-19 stuff this year…but that’s what it’s all about.
I also didn’t expect to run it into the ground as we continued to lose readership and contributors to social media in a big way. Blogs are passe it seems.
The first year or so as publisher I did try to recruit a number of new contributors…fifteen to be exact…one taker….who soon had to leave because of a conflict of interest with a new job. That was a loss.
I also didn’t expect the animosity and hatred and vile nonsense that happens behind the scene, the name calling and personal threats. I didn’t expect to have my car vandalized twice and my house once (the police told me that I was stupid to blog about politics under my real name)…nor someone try to flock with my employment. More on that later. But I persevered.
That being said, it’s been ten years. And I am starting to feel some sense of the end of the road. I have retired in real life…it’s time to retire from this one.
I have committed to seeing Blogging Blue through the election and to the end of 2020. At that point I will hang up my snark and blue pen and pursue the other things I may have been putting off.
Stay tuned…Blogging Blue itself isn’t done yet!