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!


9 Responses to “Some overdue thank you’s”

  1. January 2, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Happy New Year Smith!
    I am excited about your resolution and can’t wait for more posts and maybe when there’s time some poetry of yours. Thank you so much for your kind words and mention. It was an honour. And thanks for getting me inspired to improve my own writing. See you around, SP

    As always you are too kind. Thank you for your kind words!

  2. January 2, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Blogging does take a lot of time. But it does have it’s little rewards. HNY and a good year of blogging to you.

    Thanks for your support and encouragement. I hope to be worthy of both in 2007.

  3. 3 reg927
    January 2, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    i hope you had a nice christmas and new year

    Thank you, and same to you!

  4. January 2, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    I have resolveded to stop being a blog slacker.
    Don’t you have a spell checker?!? (8-))
    Thanks for the kudos Smitty, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say.
    I’m happy that I played some part in your entering this cyberspatial venture.
    As Evyl said, blogging does have its rewards but only after you’ve really paid your dues.
    You know what I’m talking about.
    You have to write.
    Plain and simple.
    If you read the damn book I gave you for Christmas you would see that blogging is all about content.
    Two weeks away from a blog and people forget who the hell you are.
    If you want to blog, blog. I applaud that.
    Sorry, it’s tough love, brother.
    Blog away, buddy.
    Know that I’m one of your biggest fans.

    be well, be Smith,

    Tough love. That’s what I need. Thanks, Lasagna Boy. 8)


  5. January 3, 2007 at 5:14 am

    the rewards of blogging outweigh the time it takes…i spend more time blogging, reading and commenting than i do just about anything else these days….as my husband will willingly tell you…it fits anywhere you can find a space..anywhere! it’s good for the soul, it;s good for the brain and it’s good for encountering some wonderful people who can only bring joy to your life….in fact it’s damned addictive….and by the way…happy new year 🙂
    (now going back and spell checking everything !!)

    Thanks for the encouragement! And Happy New Year to you!

  6. January 3, 2007 at 11:40 am

    I don’t know, sounds like a resolution to me.
    You are already in the blog world, there is no turning back!
    But if I ever hear of you kicking a cat again, intentionally, I will hunt you down, and go ‘nuclear wedgie’ on you. Some of the finest people I’ve ever known were cats.
    God Bless your family, and keep them all safe.

    Thanks for the encouragement! Yeah, I think the blogosphere is stuck with me. No I don’t really kick the cat, although I am sorely tempted on a regular basis by this misbegotten creature.

  7. January 3, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Smith…personally I think you may be a tad bit too hard on yourself…is your New Year’s theory to crack down in the beginning of the year because you may tend to slack off as the months progress??? If so I guess that is o.k. but I do not want to see this as a pattern of behavior for you!!! Speaking of “thank yous” I aspire to match your generosity of spirit Happy New Year! GolfGirl

    Thanks for the kind words!

  8. January 3, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Ouch…… gees, I haven’t been able to come up with anything ‘post-worthy’ since Friday evening and just reading Micheal’s comment just pretty much sends my writing muse right into space after having already fallen off the earth! So I feel for you S but I see from your response that you are a tough love kinda guy. As for me, well, on my travels through the universe looking for my muse I hopefully will come across something inspiring 🙂 .
    Micheal: Good on you for giving Smith a kick in the butt, just keep your kicks out of my blog :-))))) . PS. What book was it?

    You think you feel bad reading his comments? I have to look at the ugly bastard every day. 🙂

  9. January 5, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    interestin’ stuff here! 😉

    just lettin’ you know! 🙂


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