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Jan
07

Some overdue thank you’s

So here we are, 1-1-07, and, like most people, I felt obligated to come up with a New Years resolution. I considered resolving to lose weight, and maybe to stop kicking the cat, but I know in my heart that both of those goals are as unattainable as a pardon for Saddam Hussein. So I decided to go for something a little more realistic. I have resolved to stop being a blog slacker.

This blog thing has not been an easy endeavor, nor has it been an unqualified success, for which I have no one to blame but myself. I never realized the amount of time needed not only to write on one’s own blog, but to be an active participant in the blogosphere as well.

In my own defense, such as it is, I can honestly say the demands on my time are not insignificant. I have a special needs step-son who requires a great deal of attention. As the father of a 20 year old who is serving his country in Iraq, I am, quite frankly, often too depressed to write anything. I am still trying to figure out just where this blog fits in the overall scheme of my life.

Plus I am a lazy bastard.

But is spite of all this, I think I have posted some things that have been worthwhile, and I hope to continue to do so on a more consistent basis. Best of all, I’ve made some new friends. It is these friends whom I would like to acknowledge.

First and foremost, I have to acknowledge Michael Murphy, he of Smoke & Mirrors fame. Without Mike there would be no “Murder of Ravens” (so if you don’t like what I write, blame him).

Mike spent about a year cajoling me into doing this in the first place. I call Mike my blog sensei, and with his shaved head and little round glasses, he could easily pass for the Dalai Lama. It is a role he is well suited for. Besides the encouragement, he saved me weeks of frustration by showing me the tricks of the trade, as well as how to navigate the WordPress software.

Now I’m sure many of you have on-line mentors, but how many of you have to face them in person on a daily basis? Such is my lot, for Mike is not only my blog mentor, he is also my friend and co-worker. As a self-confessed blog slacker, I have come to dread what I call the “Melting Mike” look. It’s the look I get from him when I first get to work in the morning. It’s a look that combines, in a remarkably effective manner, disappointment, disapprobation, and disillusionment. With one glance from his soulful brown eyes, Mike manages to wordlessly say, “I believed in you, man. What happened? You have SO let me down.” Ah, how I dread that look. All I can say is I will try to do better in 2007.

I must also thank the Writer Chick, a top notch blogger and one of my earliest supporters.  I could always count on seeing two comments on my posts, one from Mike and one from her, and she was one of the first to link to me.

A very special thanks to Spasmicallyperfect, for taking the time to critique my attempts at poetry. A first rate poet herself, her comments have been invaluable.

And I must thank Nanny’s Nook, Nuke’s News and Views, From Evyl With Love, Squawkbox Noise, and The Winged Man. Each in his or her own way is a first rate blogger, who was also kind enough to link to me and even occasionally give me a much needed plug.

All in all I’m glad I started this. I used to spend my mornings venting my rants at poor Mike. It’s a small shop we work at, so there’s really no place for him to hide. Now I can inflict my opinions on the world.

Happy New Year to all!

–Smith




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