The Seeker

A Meta-Cognitive Journal About Writing… Plus Other Stuff

It’s The Seeker’s 3rd Birthday!

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It’s a banner day here at The Seeker.  The blog has survived for three years–and I’ve only been threatened with one lawsuit!

As passed down through blog lore, it was three years ago today that I was cooling my heels at my friend’s house in Nashville while he went to work.  To pass the time, I headed down to his basement / garage and used his computer to start The Seeker.  I had been meaning to do it for some time, and with little else to do that morning, I finally found the motivation.  Those of you who have been around since the start might remember that this whole rambling wreck debuted on BlogSpot; I’ve been using WordPress for the last year and a half.

Some quick stats:

  • 22 people subscribe to The Seeker
  • there have been over 3,500 views of The Seeker since it debuted on WordPress (2,400 views since last year at this time!)
  • this is the 201st post on The Seeker (that works out to a new post every 5-6 days)
  • 100 comments have been posted by readers of The Seeker
  • the busiest day since the inception of The Seeker was August 17, 2010, when there were 56 views

The blog works best when I find something to serialize.  Most recently, that has meant detailing my time at The Skids.  Those experiences intersected nicely with the identity of the blog, which I have pretty much always intended to be a metacognitive journal about writing.  I throw in a bunch of other stuff, of course, which many times involves baseball.  I thought about starting a blog solely about baseball,  but having the pressure to maintain a second blog for that purpose might skew the writing I do about it, and if that means I’m not having fun with it (or it’s not meaningful to me), then I won’t feel like writing about it.  Aside from the serials and metacognitive writing stuff and the baseball stuff, this still acts as a catch-all for things I want to write but would otherwise let drift out of my mind.  Sometimes I write about movies, sometimes about stuff happening in life or the news, and sometimes miscellaneous stuff that comes from whereever.  Last spring I took inspiration from The Onion and wrote a few short humorous pieces.  That was a diffficult decision–it’s a real challenge to get the intended effect, and I had to wrangle with the thought of “why bother?” if somebody else is already doing it to much greater acclaim.  I decided nonetheless to let fly with some things that I thought would be amusing (and at least one of those kicked-started me out of a rut I was in).

I found myself blogging a little bit about teaching this year, though that is still a seldom-visited topic herein.  Even the blogging I did wasn’t so much about my teaching as it was about teaching or education in general.  I can’t see that changing too much for the same reason I cited on this day last year:  At the end of the school day, I’m looking to occupy my mind with something other than what I did all day long.

So what’s in store this year?  I don’t know much for certain, other than I have 2-3 Onion-esque pieces lined up, a continuation of this season’s serial about following the Milwaukee Brewers (which I hope runs into late October), and a 3-parter this fall about The Thing, a prequel to one of the greatest horror films ever, itself based on a damn fine science fiction novella.

As I’ve said many times in the last few years, many of you have no idea how much you inspire my writing.  I appreciate your audience.  Thanks for making this a happy birthday.

~Jeff

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Written by seeker70

August 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

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