Friday, January 09, 2009

To Blog or Not to Blog

My sincerest apologies go out to my 17 semi-regular readers (most of you are either friends or family). Two have sent me emails and one has called me; all three asking me why I haven’t written a Blog since December 9th.

I could answer them by saying it was due to health problems. Both physically and mentally I have been dealing with pain and anguish during the past 4 weeks. “‘Tis the season to be Jolly” is a bunch of horse manure. It seems that (every year) between Thanksgiving and the New Year every ailment that I have reaches its peak for the year. So this would not be an untruth.

Or I could answer them by saying that I have been spending the time that I would usually spend Blogging on the telephone. I get very nostalgic in December. I’ve logged in more hours of phone time in the past 30 days than I had during the prior 11 months. I called an old neighborhood friend who I hadn’t spoken to for over 40 years. I called others that I hadn’t spoken to for nearly 30 years. Two of the people that I attempted to contact had passed on, so I spoke to their wives at lenght. So this would not be an untruth.

Perhaps I could answer them by saying most of the things that I have been writing about lately heightens my state of depression. As much as I try to resist writing about the economy and the sorry state of affairs that our nation is in; I can’t. So this would not be an untruth.

Better yet, I could answer them by saying that I have been spending a lot of my time with a marvelous gift that I received 10 days before Christmas. I am now the proud owner of a DVD set of all 77 of the Amos and Andy Episodes that were originally broadcast in 1952 and 1953. I watch a few episodes every afternoon and I’m about half way through the collection. So this would not be an untruth.

But the real reason is that my Blog has a very limited following; with the exception of 4 semi-regular readers, I can call or email everyone who visits my Blog on a regular basis. I had greater aspirations when I began the Blog. I average 60 visitors per week, most coming from Google searches for Haulover Beach (I have written two Blogs on this subject).
I’m about to delete them so I don’t get the bogus visitors that spend less than 10 seconds on the Blog and leave after they do not see any pictures of naked people.

The people that are regular readers that I may or may not know:

1) Uses an IP from the Headquarters United States Army Information Systems Command
2) Uses an IP from the State of Maryland –Annapolis
3) Uses an IP from New Port Richey Florida

If I know you please leave a comment on this Blog. Even if I don’t, leave a comment.

The 4th is the Curmudgeon from the Second Effort Blog – He writes some great stuff! I visit his Blog often. A link to his blog is on the upper right sidebar.

If you are one of my semi-regular readers please leave a comment as to why I should continue Blogging. If you like my Blog please pass it on to your other friends. Maybe I get some more regular or semi-regular readers.

The Beach Bum

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Blogger alfredo_tomato said...

I have you on my personal portal. I check every day or so to see what's shaking. The Kagnew boys need to be reminded. Have you gotten a link at the Kagnew site?

Fri Jan 09, 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Mikie said...

I am glad to see you back, although it was basically a senseless blog. Start writing with your natural abilities to communicate concepts to others.
Stay away from topical topics and use your innate sense of humor. I have passed the url to others.

Fri Jan 09, 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Skinner said...

I added you to my blog roll several months ago when I first learned of you by way of Second Effort. You need to keep blogging; you provide a witty and sometimes sarcastic outlook. I love it!

Fri Jan 09, 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger alfredo_tomato said...

The Beach Bum could make Charles Bukowski blush if he wanted to unwind one of his wilder days tales.

Fri Jan 09, 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Night Chet.

Sun Jan 11, 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger alfredo_tomato said...

It's only 4 PM here, my day is just beginning.

I've made this blog as part of my signature line.

Sun Jan 11, 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Some of us are semi-regular readers of your blog, Zazz. I usually check in every other week and read about 4 or 5 of your items. I must confess that I really do enjoy it...most of the time. It was a refreshing surprise to get that phone call from you a while back cause I had
no idea that you even remembered me from Kagnew. We didn't pal around but we met a couple of times
during my 18 months. I identify with your yule depression as I have it also. I am concerned about your health and hope you take care of yourself and get what ever treatment you can. The world needs people like the Zazz.
Paul aka Loopy

Tue Jan 13, 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I know blogging should be reward enough all on its own, but it sure is nice to get a little validation from time to time. So, here's my attempt to offer some.

I'm an occasional lurker and guilty of not having commented much (or at all) but I guess it's because I hadn't felt that I had anything constructive to add. But I do enjoy your posts & hope you'll continue blogging.

I'm sorta in the same boat - limited regular readers and not much growth despite some concerted efforts to get the word out.

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