Monday, November 2, 2015

A new look and a new day

Blog friend Kelly, who got me started blogging about seven years ago, recently wrote about passing the ten-year mark on her blog.

As I said, mine is about seven years old, and with that, I think it's time for a new look and a renewed commitment to this site.

As I've mentioned previously, in 2011 I began writing a weekly column for a local publication. It has been an absolute blast and I have freedom to write anything I like, about any subject. I'll write about local subject matter and politics on occasion (from the point of view of an observer, rarely offering an opinion), and I get decent feedback.

I get the most positive response, however, from my "everyman" installments -- stories about everyday life that will occasionally strike a chord with a reader or two. And that's what has usually gotten the best response here too.

There's no doubt that my blog posts began to lessen when I started the column. And this past year my posts have definitely been fewer and farther between.

On a recent trip to Arkansas, I ran into an old friend who has followed this blog since its inception. When I told him what I just told you (that I didn't write on the blog as much since I started the column), he suggested I post a link to my column here.

I believe that's been suggested before but now I'm going to do it. My new columns are generally posted on Mondays so I'll try to post the link Monday or Tuesday.

Here is today's installment:

Nov. 2


Now, I don't flatter myself so much as to think all of you would click on the link. I'm doing this in response to a request and in hopes it will make me more prolific here, not just posting this link but also writing additional entries.

Many of the folks who have gone along on this blog journey with me have dropped off, possibly in favor of Facebook. I get that but that's still not my thing.

I'm going to tidy up a bit on my list of frequently visited blogs and hopefully add some new ones.

I have just acquired a new laptop computer and I think that's going to help me to come here more often too. For a long time I've been sharing with Wife. She's great to let me interrupt her at times but she uses her computer for work most of the time, so it's not always convenient.

I just hit a preview of this piece and I don't think the the link is going to work so bear with me on that part. I am still woefully inept when it comes to technology, but I'll figure out what I'm doing wrong and come back and post it later.

**UPDATE: OK I came back and might have figured out how to make the link "live."

Thanks to all who stop by here from time to time and I hope this marks a new beginning.


Kelly said...

Very nice new look to your blog, Bob. I'm thrilled to know you plan to post more often, too! I love the way you write and have really missed you here.

Even though your link wasn't "clickable", I was able to copy and paste it to a new browser to read your column. Interesting reading!

Welcome back to the blogging world and I'm going to hold you to your promise!

Ed said...

I have been blogging for coming up on 15 years. In that time I have found that there are basically two types of bloggers, those that need a narrow scope of what to write and eventually burn out and disappear, and those like me who just need an outlet to write about anything that comes to mind. It sounds like you are of the latter and seeing that seven years is ancient in the blogging world, I think that offers more proof. I am always looking for new blogs to read which is hard since there aren't a lot left these days. Your blog is definitely going to be on my list.

On your linked article, I would say that my money for next president would be on a republican. Not because of political leanings, but just based off of statistics. The last time we elected back to back presidents from the same party was in 1988 with George H.W. Bush. Before that, since Ford wasn't elected and Johnson got in due to an assassination and was re-elected, and Truman took over at the death of Roosevelt, I had to go all the way back to Herbert Hoover in 1928 to find another president that was elected for his first term that was the same party as his predecessor. So the odds of two democratic presidents in a row are not high indeed.