In other words, adios.
Publikworks.wordpress.com is headed for that big blog in the sky. I apologize if this seems abrupt and out of the blue, but it’s for the best. I hate endings. Dragging them out only makes things harder and messier, so I’ll be quick and clean and unyielding.
First, I want to commend you for your extraordinary patience. You guys suffered through a ton of rambling, mediocre posts (368 altogether) with too few decent pieces (9, maybe 11) to make it a sensible use of your time. And you did it without complaint. What’s more astonishing is, you came back. Sometimes more than once. I can’t understand why, but I’m very grateful you did. You’re incredibly loyal friends and I’m going to be lost without you.
Last year, there were 847 million blogs clamoring for your attention, so it’s nothing short of a miracle you chose to visit publikworks. All credit and thanks due to WordPress. I wouldn’t have attempted blogging on my own; the Internet is an alien world I don’t have the smarts to venture into or navigate without lots of help. WordPress provided not only the tools, but also encouragement and support and a hand to hold. They’ve been my damn wings for 4+ years.
This whole blogging business began as a lark, you know, a goof. But then you all came along and, suddenly, there was a purpose to serve. I had honest-to-goodness readers to entertain, people looking for a laugh. In my hasty zeal to succeed, I got trapped in a style that’s grown stale and predictable.
Honestly? I’d rather be a flaming, in-your-face überflop any day — a status I think I’ve achieved. Yay! By any measure, my little blog here is a big, fat failure, but I don’t for an instant regret having tried. This was a grand adventure, ladies and gentlemen, and a valuable learning experience. I’ll use the knowledge I gained in my next iteration, whatever the Hell that is.
But for now, my enthusiasm is at low ebb and I’m afraid it shows in the work. The writing isn’t sharp, topics are bland, and quality has slipped. That being the case, it’s time to put down the pencil. If not for my sake, for yours. Crappy work is demoralizing for everyone it touches.
The website, though, is going to stay put, at least until I decide my next steps. I’m not ready to be forgotten quite yet, so I’ll leave the joint intact. When I know what I’m doing — heh, like that’s gonna happen — I’ll send up a flare with full particulars. In case you’re interested.
Well, looks like we’ve reached our final destination. Please wait until we’ve come to a complete stop before exiting and thank you for flying publikworks. So long, boys and girls. Over and out.