Hey all. Happy New Year.
It turned out to be a glitch in Typepad’s site-monitoring functionality, but for some time, the dashboard of my blog was suggesting that I hadn’t received a single visit in several days. Now, granted, it being the culmination of the holiday season, that more or less made sense. People had bigger fish to fry than to visit my silly blog and read what I might have to say about this and that, watch some ancient video or look at pics of my kids doing something ridiculous, etc. But as each day went by, it kept saying PAGEVIEWS TODAY: 0. It’s been a busy few weeks, and I hadn’t been posting as frequently, but that sad numeral kept popping up. ZERO.
I started wondering, “Has it finally happened? Have people lost interest at long last? Maybe blogging really is dead! Is Flaming Pablum no longer compelling to even that paltry handful of readers?”
I first figured I should put something up immediately. I started writing a post based around a Willie Nile video from 2013, but abandoned it three-quarters of the way in because (a) just because I don’t share this troubadour’s romantic view of Bleecker Street doesn’t give me the right to trash it and (b) it felt forced and disingenuous.
Then, I thought about whipping up a post about all the latest Trump bullshit, but nobody really needs my blog to point that shit out –- especially when it’s so self-evident (go ahead and defend his North Korea tweet -– no, really, go ahead. I’ll wait right here).
Then, another easy target was Mariah Carey and her tragicomic denouement as petulant diva torpedoed by a vocationally lethal dose of karma (i.e. her botched lip-synch on New Year’s Eve), but -– really -– there’s nothing I can bring to the table on that that’s going to be a surprise (to say that I’ve never been a fan is putting it very mildly). Also, it’s January 3. No one should still be talking about it.
As I mentioned in my year-end survey, while I’m indeed very glad that 2016 is over, there’s absolutely NOTHING to suggest that 2017 is going to be any better, especially with Trump at the helm.
So, beyond all that, I don’t have much to say at the moment. I’m sure inspiration will come, but you can’t force these things. So, I’d live with the ZERO.
Then, suddenly and inexplicably, Typepad corrected the glitch. Apparently, I had over 700 views last Friday and am currently just below 628. So, people are still looking.
I’ll endeavor to have something worthwhile to look at soon.
Peanuts strip courtesy of Tim at Stupefaction.