Wednesday, March 16, 2016

An announcement re: Powering down

Hi valued readers, close friends, blood relatives, bots selling shady bootleg stuff, people who hate me, passers by and those of you to whom more than one of those descriptors apply. Welcome!

In spite of the title of this blog, I've been publishing here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a fairly regular and dependable basis for some time now, rendering the title ironic or stupid or possibly both.
That ends today. Not the ironic stupidity, the regular three-times-a-week publishing of it here. 
At least for the time being.
The (relatively) important questions are all answered below, but if you're in a hurry, all you need to know is I'll see you again next Wednesday (March 23). Take it easy! Enjoy your weekend!


WHO?: Me (duh).
This is a recent picture of me and not a solicitation to come out to some stand-up comedy thing.
Instead of publishing three times a week (the aforementioned Monday, Wednesday and Friday), I'm cutting back to a commitment (more about that below) of publishing once a week and that will be on Wednesdays, some time around lunch. This isn't one of those deals where somebody throws up a "Pardon Our Dust" sign on a web site or a restaurant that never sees the light of day again.

WHERE?: What difference does that make? Dumb question. Seriously.
Mostly here, though, if you must know.

WHY?: Ah. Now that's a good question. A couple of reasons for that.
  • I'm really busy with other things now (The stand-up comedy thing has taken off at a rate I was not anticipating plus other, more personal stuff is happening. These are all very nice problems, some of which I have not experienced in a very long time, maybe ever.) and trying to produce quality material here is proving difficult. I think if I scale down my commitment from three days to one, it might be easier to provide quality material instead of stuff that just fills space, like my increasingly frequent gratuitous plugs (more about that below). I'm not sure about that, but the theory makes sense in my head. I guess we'll find out.
  • One of the things that keeps me busy is "The Unbelievables" (if you're not checking that out, I really wish you would; some funny stuff there) with Jeff Hickmott and Michael Noble (one of them talks funny and the other one is from the UK). For the sake of these other things that occupy my time, I was thinking very seriously of quitting that venture and came really, really close to doing that. But then I decided I didn't want to. So I'm not. (If Jeff and Michael are reading this, they're finding out about it for the first time. Hi guys!)
  • Ditto all of that for Raw Charge. (Hi John!)
  • There's a lot of really nasty, spiteful verbiage flying around out there these days, from all directions. It's not that I can't compete with the volume of that (volume in terms of how much there is and volume in terms of how fucking loud it is), even though the truth is I can't. But I also don't want to try. And I feel that the obligation I put on myself to publish on multiple days might tempt me to wallow in some of the really hateful and toxic rhetoric that we're inflicting on each other and I'd rather not go down that road. Hurting other people with words isn't good for you, even if those people have it coming and even if you're good at it. Sometimes, especially if they have it coming and definitely if you're good at it. I remain committed to trying to be a force for good, even if I frequently fall way short. Maybe when/if things simmer down, I'll go back to posting more frequently. Or maybe things will get even worse and I'll have to post more frequently. No telling at this point.
Namaste, motherf...

When does Rob Base want to rock?

This blog has been very good to and for me and is directly or indirectly the root of all the other good stuff that's happened to and for me. There's still value in it as a therapeutic tool and a creative outlet. Plus, I love purple. There's also value in it as a promotional tool and I'm going to continue to gratuitously plug other endeavors, as frequently as I possibly can. That's not what I'll use the Wednesday posts for though. Those will stand alone and you can feel free to read them without me twisting your arm to come see me tell jokity-joke-joke-jokes at the local LOLZitorium or whatever. Nice, eh? I think so too.
Also, it's mine and I did put the word "Inconsistent" in the title, so I reserve the right to pop in whenever I want and write about whatever I want, regardless of what day it is. There may very well be weeks where I'm actually pumping out content more frequently than three days a week. Who knows? Not me! 
No promises, though. 
Except Wednesdays. 
Wednesdays are a promise.
Photo NOT taken on a Wednesday. Probably.

I'm not quitting, I'm just cutting back. Except for times when I don't. See you next Wednesday (March 23) unless I see you sooner than that. Whatever.
Honestly, it's right there in the title, people.


Michael Noble said...

"One of the things that keeps me busy is 'The Unbelievables' (if you're not checking that out, I really wish you would; some funny stuff there) with Jeff Hickmott and Michael Noble (one of them talks funny and the other one is from the UK)."

Hey! That was a low blow! Californians don't talk funny!

Kathi said...

I wouldn't expect anything less from you darlin'! You could have eased me into it by doing some re-runs for a while though. Us retired folk have come to rely on your wit to break up the monotony of life. Ok, I will go back to sewing my new drapes now.

jennifer anderson said...