I started this blog to share my passions -- meaning, my precious collection of books, ad mats (since '68), and movie art.
The BARON BLOOD drive-in ad mat is, for me, a symbol of a time that has sadly passed. Now, movies like it have been somewhat devalued, reduced to files "aggregated" on a massive on-line archive. There's no scarcity any more, so no value. There's some hope afoot, but the hope requires a shot of reality.
Are blogs going the same way? In the early days, most of my posts provoked a healthy torrent of comments from a loyal, informed readership. Now, the comments are few.
What's changed? Does nobody want to comment, or has commenting become tiresome? Worse, have blogs like this had their day?
Without readers, there's not much point in me posting. I'd be the tree falling in the forest that nobody can hear.
I've always enjoyed the dialog posts create, although it's always been hard to gauge what people really want most.
According to the stats each blog owner can access, the most popular post EVER here was the one I did on 'Brian Peppers'. It easily outscores all the others. The writing accompanying it focused on alienation, on being different, on hypocrisy.
At least it's a thoughtful post that got the traction.
I fully realize that we're all travelers through the paradox called Life, and events of and not of our own undoing shift priorities and realign focus.
Traffic here is no different.
I'm grateful for the support this blog has had for its five year life span.
I've made some good friends and enjoyed rich conversations about the things we love.
Personally, I've been going through some very trying times myself lately, and I sense major changes afoot. When one door closes, another opens. It's a cliche, but it's rooted in truth.
As I get older, I become less tolerant of games and bullshit, and I seek refuge in the bosom of common sense, honesty, and decency.
I'm grateful for the good.
I'm done with the bad.
Life's too short to indulge the toxins.
And the sun's too bright to ignore.