ME: You know, I’ve been reading these blogs like Captain’s Quarters, Q and O, Instapundit, and Ace of Spades HQ for a little bit now. I’d like to try my hand at that. I bet I could get a few readers myself.
OTHER ME: Really? You think you have writing chops? Heck, you don’t even know what you’d call it.
ME: I do! I’d call it “The Sundries Shack” because it would be my thoughts about sundry topics. I’d give it an old country store kind of feel. Folks will love it. As for my chops, I don’t really know if I do or not. I’ll find out.
OTHER ME: Well, okay man. Go for it. Why not?
And so I did. The jury is still out about my writing chops and the “folks will love it” thing didn’t go nearly as well as I thought but I’m still here. Since my first post in 2004 (and this is post 7,144), The Shack has moved from Blogspot to my own domain, changed designs a couple times, and endured a short lull while I worked through a crisis of confidence. I’m now one of the blogging Old Guard, a veteran of new media, but it doesn’t really feel like I am. I do enjoy writing here and every time I sit down to write a post, it feels like I’m introducing myself to the world anew.
But that’s all introspective schmutz and you probably don’t want me to get much farther into that. You want to jump into the comments and start the celebration (and hit the tip jar or buy some Amazon goodies so I can get a nice little commission since you also know my birthday is coming very soon, but I didn’t need to tell you that, did I?). Thank you all for reading, commenting, and supporting what I’ve done over the past 8 years. It would have been very lonely here without you.
One last thing. I have a couple new things to show you very, very soon. Keep your eyes peeled. I think you’re going to like what you see. No hints! It’ll be a surprise.
Category: The Shack