Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ten Years After

So have I really been at this for a decade?

It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago today I sat down and cranked out the first post of this blog.

I had no idea what I was doing and it showed. I rambled, ranted, and shared far too much information.

I’m still doing all of that today, come to think of it, but at least I’m trying to keep the posts a little shorter.

There have a lot changes in that time, including the death of my father and the sale of our family house.

There are other changes in my life that haven’t happened as quickly as I would’ve liked, but I don’t see any reason to give up.

While I’ve threatened to post more often, it’s been hard to break the weekly routine that I settled into some years back. I have all these projects bouncing around my imagination that make more frequent blogging pretty close to impossible.

For a while I thought about giving the blog up when I reached the 10-year mark. That’s plenty of time, I reasoned, put it aside and devout more time to fiction.

Yes, I probably should do that, but I don’t want to. I’ve made some incredible friends over the last decade, enjoyed the work of some very talented writers and photographers, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

I think blogging has made me a better writer and a better storyteller, and I believe it’s helped improved my fiction as well. I’m getting better at finding stories in routine events, as opposed to waiting around for something big to happen.

There may come a day when I truly don’t want to do this anymore and I’ll bring down the curtain, switch off the lights, and walk out of this blog. But today ain’t the day.

I look back at all those long posts I've done, but today I don't have a hell of a lot to say other than thanks so much for sticking around.

I wonder what’s going to happen next.


Walaka said...

Huzzah, buddy. Ten years at one site- pretty darn impressive. Keep it coming.

Ron said...


*thunderous applause*

OMG...I am so impressed that you've had this blog for 10 years! I've had mine for 8 and I thought that was long.

"Yes, I probably should do that, but I don’t want to. I’ve made some incredible friends over the last decade, enjoyed the work of some very talented writers and photographers, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it."

Yay! Glad to hear that, because I would so miss your blog if you decided to close it down. And you're right, blogging has many benefits like, writing and storytelling, practicing photography, and learning all sorts of new things. Plus, we meet some really GREAT people who become close friends. And thank you, buddy, for being one of those people. It's been a joy and honor to meet you through blogging. And thank you for sharing all that you do here. You're such a gifted writer!

Wishing you continued success in all that you do!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Rob!

Rob K said...

Yo, Ron, how's going? Thank you so much for your kindness and support.

I have to say it's been such blast meeting you through blogging.

"Thunderous applause" right back at you!

I always look forward to great, supportive comments each week and I know a lot of other bloggers who feel the same way.

And thanks to you I've met even more talented people.

All the best, buddy! Have a great weekend!

Rob K said...

@Walter--thanks so much, brother. I'll keep at it as long as we're all having fun!

Brenda from Flatbush said...

As one of the pioneer Brooklyn bloggers, you get a huge snapping salute from me (the dramatic kind at the end of movies, with lots of steely-eyed emo glances) for 10 years of soul-searching (alternately hilarious and deeply touching), reportage on the human condition, and sharp observation of the follies of ourselves and those around us. If you hadn't blogged, I wouldn't have you as a friend; thus, even if your blog was rubbish, I'd be glad you did. But it's wonderful, and I'm glad you'll keep going.

Bijoux said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I think you must be the 'oldest' that I follow. Glad to hear you are sticking around, Rob. It's going to be hard when we all start giving up the blogs.

Rob K said...

Oh, thank you so much, Brenda. It's been a great ride, thanks to fabulous people like you!

Rob K said...

@Brenda from Flatbush! Thank you so much, Brenda B.

I'm so glad I met you through blogging and thank you so much for being so supportive and for slogging through my bloviating for all these years.

Hell, there's got to be some kind of medal for that, and if there ain't, I'll invent one!

Jay, Sparking Synapse said...

Finding stories in routine events ... that sounds like a pretty good description of blogging!

I'm glad you've decided not to close down. I'd miss you!

Rob K said...

oh, thanks so much, Jay. Hell, I'd miss you, too. And congratulations on the Sparkling Synapse! It's a real bright idea!

Anonymous said...

Happy 10 years! And don't hang up the blog just yet! I have grown to love your posts and I look forward to hearing about all the adventures you get into. I look forward to blogging with you in the year ahead!

Rob K said...

Thank you so much, Shae! I'm a huge fan of yours, so let the blogging continue!

Take care!