Saturday, August 24, 2019

State of the Blog 2019

It's been ten years since I first launched The Armchair Squid - a full decade of blogging.  Back then, I had visions of developing a presence as an amateur sportswriter.  I began with tennis, then soccer, eventually the Olympics, baseball and more.  I've explored a good many other hobbies in the time since and the experience has been most gratifying.  As always, my blogiversary is a time to take stock and adjust course.  I have in mind a few changes for the coming year, including the broadening of one topic and a return to another.

Food will continue to be the main focus of my Tuesday family adventure posts.  Cocktails will still be featured prominently, though my approach to that hobby has evolved a bit.  Rather than a broad survey of recipes, I'd like to concentrate on a few of our house favorites, mainly Manhattans, high balls and gin and tonics.  As those are the ones we enjoy most, I'd like to hone my own process, tinkering with proportions, ingredients and such.  I'd like to continue with mocktails, too, as it's a nice way to include our daughter in the fun.  I'll be looking at other food projects in addition, particularly the wine hobby I share with my wife and my current efforts to lose weight.

Bigger changes are coming to my Friday posts.  It's time to take a break from music and get back to... drum roll, please... Star Trek!  I can hardly believe it's been four years since my last Trek post.  First, I'll have reviews of the first four movies, then I'll be diving into The Next Generation.  Even with the long hiatus, I feel I've been building up to this for a long time and I'm excited.

Many thanks as always to all of you who stop by to read my humble musings.  Who knows if blogging will still be a thing in ten more years.  I hope you'll join me in finding out.

14 comments:

  1. Ten years, keep it coming! My sagecoveredhills blog was started in 2004, I can't remember that far back :) I have never been as "organized" as you and I applaud your effort.

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    1. Thanks, Jeff. It's always a pleasure connecting with you.

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  2. I've never really been a drinking man myself. I'm currently reading a book about The Great Gatsby. Everyone knows that Prohibition actually made drinking sort of more popular (and more out of control), but I can't imagine, if I was alive at the time, that I would've been swept up in all that anymore than my current (dis)inclination to drink now.

    I look forward to your Star Trek posts.

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    1. I can't wait to get started with Trek! The first four posts are ready to go. The Motion Picture on Friday...

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  3. I enjoy your cocktail posts, even if I haven't gotten around to trying any of them. I've been considering my own cocktail/food posts, but things have been too hectic and chaotic lately for me to be able to wrap my mind around a schedule.

    Which is why Rebels reviews come in bursts. But I'm trying to get that series finished up and hope to start running reviews of The Mandalorian when that starts in November.

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    1. Did I not say Mandalore was prime for a TV series of it's own? So much to explore there.

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    2. I don't know that it has anything to do with Mandalore. I think it's just going to be focused on Boba Fett and bounty hunting.

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    3. Yeah. Just read the synopsis. I expect you're right.

      Still, I'd love such a series.

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  4. Star Trek! Yay! I'm excited!
    :)

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  5. Congratulations on 10 good years.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you, Janie! It's always great connecting with you.

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