11.14.2011

Where The Heck Has Shag Been?!?!

Once Upon a GeekAs you read this, you’re probably thinking, ONCE UPON A GEEK? I remember that old site. Hasn’t it been dead for months?”  That’s pretty much true, but I’m back!

From 2008 through 2010, ONCE UPON A GEEK featured a new post every weekday.  Sure I missed a few days here and there, but for the most part you could find some new geeky missive here five times a week.  It was an absolute blast! Running this blog provided me with opportunities I never would have had otherwise.  I met numerous people through this site which led to things like: blog crossovers, podcast guest appearances, complimentary products for review, and interviews with comic creators such as Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn (the creators of Blue Devil and Amethyst).

I’m one of those bloggers that closely watches the hits to my sites. With my background in Marketing, I find the viewer statistics fascinating. ONCE UPON A GEEK far exceeded my expectations! When I was posting regularly, we typically got around 1,500 hits per day. We just recently passed one million hits overall! That’s right, ONE MILLION HITS! Insane!

WHAT HAPPENED?

Towards the end of 2010, I was feeling burned out. I’d become something of a slave to this site. I absolutely loved writing about all things geeky and the relationships I’d built, but I was wearing myself out. I have a family, so the only time I have to blog is late at night. I was surviving on approximately 4 hours of sleep a night (often only 3 hours). I’d stopped watching TV, rarely read comics (which is what I was primarily blogging about), and had practically given up on novels. I missed unwinding. I missed enjoying my hobbies.

I knew the answer. If you stop loving something, stop doing it. It’s a no brainer. Unfortunately, I hadn’t stopped loving it, I was just tired. So in the beginning of 2011, I cut back the number of posts. I originally had planned to post once a week. That fell apart around June and I’ve rarely posted since then. While I haven’t posted in recent months, I still love ONCE UPON A GEEK. I’m very proud of the content here and often have new ideas for posts.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

If I haven’t been blogging here at ONCE UPON A GEEK, where have I been?  Well, somehow I’ve managed to keep myself plugged into the interwebs over the past year. Below are some places you may have found me:

GOING FORWARD AND HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

Going forward, I’m gonna do my best to post here from time to time. I can’t promise any amount of frequency, but I’ll be around. It may only be once a month, but I’ll be sure to keep the heart pumping at ONCE UPON A GEEK. Personally, I hate checking a site every day when the content is rarely updated.  I’d much rather be notified when there is a new post.  If you’re like me, then I recommend the following ways to have ONCE UPON A GEEK content delivered directly to you:

It feels pretty good to be back!  Thanks for stopping by and checking on ONCE UPON A GEEK!  Feel free to drop a comment and say HOWDY (you might need to scroll WAY down to find the comments – I gotta fix that)!  Talk with you soon!

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5 Responses to “Where The Heck Has Shag Been?!?!”

  1. Ed Says:

    A recommendation: Don’t make your post so long. I know it may be difficult but it may help cut the time spent but still allow you to post here more frequently.

  2. Frank Says:

    You walked away from 1,500 views a day for Firestorm? What were you thinking?

    Speaking of which, that post on Firestorm Fan after Dragon*Con with all the picture links never made it to this blog. Hello readymade filler for revival week two! The starving man looks for the low hanging fruit…

  3. Speed Reading « Speed Force Says:

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  4. Kelson Says:

    Welcome back! I’ve gone through some similar issues trying to balance life with Speed Force, but fortunately I’ve managed to build up a team there so that I can scale back my personal commitment to something more manageable. Though I’m still behind on some of the more in-depth posts I’d like to do.

    On the other hand, my more general blog, K-Squared Ramblings, has definitely suffered from the lack of time.

  5. Shag Says:

    @Kelson – Thanks for the support. I’m sure with your relatively-new baby, you’ve got your hands MORE than full. :)

    Shag

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