November 16, 2009

Peering Over the Ledge

It's hard to believe I've been writing this blog. . . sorry, ThunderJournal. . . for nearly eight years now.

Eight years.

Eight years of mental meanderings, nefarious links to Homestarrunner, Ding Fries are Done, Vulva and Lord knows where else I've taken this online fun house over the years.

I sometimes even forget that "Rambling Rhodes" was originally a Blogger site. You can actually watch the Internet evolve just through my archives alone: from text only, to pictures to creating and posting videos. And it all seems like it happened yesterday, in the blink of an eye.

Now, while I have no intention of abandoning my ThunderJournal, it's pretty obvious that it isn't quite the prolific ongoing narrative it once was. I'm not sure at what point it lost a lot of its allure, but when I started paying more attention to FaceBook and Twitter, maintaining this site just became a bit more draining than it used to be.

As hard as it is to believe, I also don't feel as though I have as much to say, which is remarkable since now I'm a father and should have plenty of material to drone on endlessly about. But that somehow seems like a lot of work. Maybe when the baby doesn't require so much of my time and attention, I'll sit down and write reams about every little thing.

Then again, I don't know if I will. The ubiquitous nature of digital images and video are frankly often more entertaining to create, and generally far less work to produce and upload. So, maybe this site will become more of a visual rather than literary outlet. I guess there's more than enough room here to accommodate both.

It's just amazing to me that it's been almost eight years. I was 26-years-old when I started this thing. I hadn't met my wife yet.

This ThunderJournal is like a loyal canine. I wouldn't think of putting it down unless it just becomes too painful to watch.

Posted by Ryan at November 16, 2009 02:10 PM | TrackBack

i feel the same ways about mine. crazy to see the evolution, but also finding it to be less inspired, and now more distracted. i MAKE myself write there now. that never used to be.

Posted by: amy.leblanc at November 17, 2009 02:04 PM
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