Monday, August 24, 2015

State of the Blog 2015

We've recently made some changes to my daughter's bedroom - nothing much but she's a creature of habit.  It was enough to make her uneasy.  My wife love's rearranging furniture so obviously the fear of change must come from somewhere else...

It's not change that troubles me so much as uncertainty.  I like to have a plan.  I'm open to changing the plan but I still feel better if I've got one.  I know enough about life to realize that an openness to possibilities can lead one in interesting directions.

Such was the case for The Armchair Squid in Year 6.  Last August, I expected to carry on more or less as I had before: two monthly bloghops - one for books, one for movies; a weekly family adventures post on Sundays; finish up Star Trek's original series on Wednesdays, then move on to other things and book reviews as appropriate.  The bloghops are doing well but everything else went out the window over time, though for welcome reasons.  Fortunately, I have friends with good ideas.  Once Maurice Mitchell hinted that he'd join me for an exploration of Trek's animated series, I jumped at the chance.  A few months later, Andrew Leon suggested a similar project for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Those two adventures took precedent over previous plans.  So it goes.

Now, as Year 7 gets underway, I have a plan for The Squid going forward.  But as always, I am open to changing the plan.  I hope you'll join me.


Tuesdays
via Wookieepedia
Tuesdays are for Star Wars, a franchise which has been the dominant force in my personal mythology since I was a tot in 1977.  While I know the movies - especially the original trilogy - quite well, indeed, The Clone Wars is new ground for me.  It's still early days.  We've only just passed the halfway mark of the first season.  All are welcome to join us, of course.  If you're interested, sign up here.


Fridays
Mock Squid Soup is a film society blog hop, held the second Friday of each month.  I have been very pleased to see this group develop over the past year.  Our membership is devoted.  The basic pattern at the moment is to pick your own movie to review one month, then one of someone else's the following month.  Keen to join us for September?  Peruse the list of movies here, sign up here and post your review on Friday, September 11th.
The Cephalopod Coffeehouse is in its third year.  This one's dead simple: on the last Friday of the month, post a review of your best recent read.  There's still time to jump in for August.  Sign up here and post this Friday.

All other Fridays will be devoted to generic Family Adventures post.  As in the past, travel, movies and food are likely to dominate.


That's the basic plan.  Miscellaneous posts for bloghop signups and book reviews will crop up from time to time as well.  I'll still touch on music when appropriate.

I am continually encouraged and inspired by the many friends I have made in the blogosphere.  I am eternally grateful to those of you who take the time to read and comment upon my humble posts.  I look forward to joining all of you for further adventures in Year 7 of The Squid.

18 comments:

  1. I'm in for the Coffeehouse! Have a great year!

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    1. Delighted to have you back with us, Denise!

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  2. I am not nearly as "organized" about my post than you, but I admire your organizational skills!

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    1. I do this once a year as a self-assessment exercise. I find it useful.

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  3. It's always good to have a plan. I've checked out a few movies on your recommendation and others called up fond memories.
    Susan Says

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    1. Wonderful! Which ones did you watch? What did you think of them?

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  4. I try to post 3 times a week.
    Monday about Tucson, Wednesday life in Japan and Friday is of course
    Square Dog Friday.
    I can miss the first two blogs but never the Friday Square Dogs, it is in their contract.
    As I get older (hahhahahahahahaha way older) I am not so organized. Your comment about being a tot in 1977 cracked me up, my older son was a tot in 1977 !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Opps .... I should have said 1979
      So my comment is off by two years !
      hahahahahaaha I am so dense.
      Crazy eye and brain.

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    2. It all depends on the age limit but I'd say I was still a tot in '79, too.

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  5. Sounds like you have some exciting plans for the 7th year! Being organized if helpful and being ready to try new things is always a plus. :)
    ~Jess

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  6. I like what you write about and am so happy to be part of the film group

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  7. It's always good to have a plan. In fact, a wise man once said,
    "I love it when a plan comes together."
    I seriously need to stop over more, especially for the Clone Wars reviews.

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    1. I couldn't place the quote so I did a Google search. The A-Team - now that takes me back. I don't know if I ever watched a whole episode. It was on after a show I really liked - can't even remember which one now - and upon which I would already have spent my nightly TV quota.

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  8. It's been fun to watch your blog grow and develop and the animated series watch has been a highlight of the yearfor me. Here's to 6 more years!

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    1. You've been a big part of the journey this year, Maurice.

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