I started The Looking Spoon primarily for two reasons:
That said, I don't know for how long this will last, but I have to give it a rest for a while.
It may be that this is just the super slow part of the political cycle, and so I'm just having a harder time generating ideas and inspiration...
Really though, I think it's that after creating more than 1,700 graphics in four years (over 700 or them in 2012), I'm spent. Mentally and physically spent.
I have a family, and they get my (almost) undivided attention from the time I get home from work until everyone goes to bed. Then, usually from 11 or 12 at night until 2 or 3 (or as my wife sometimes complains, even later than that). I look for really great stuff others create, THEN I work on my contribution to the mix.
I did this, night in and night out, for the last four years because I LOVED it (and still do). It has come at a great cost not only to my general health (I've forgotten what "well rested" feels like), but also to my finances. I pay to have this thing hosted, I paid quite a bit for someone with the technical know how to build this image gallery and the warts it still has.
Until last January this site wasn't even monetized, now it just has simple ads (which I get VERY little for). I had to do it because I have to start justifying my time spent and bring some economic gain for my efforts to my family as it continues to grow (I had a son born 10 weeks ago on Father's Day).
I've had bigger bloggers notice. First was John Hawkins of Right Wing News, we have a simple partnership that really gave a lot more notice to TLS. I continue to be grateful for his contribution to TLS's efforts.
I've received calls from even bigger names (one being much bigger) about potential "collaboration." One of them was the kind of call I've been hoping to get from before I even started TLS. It would not only have been something that would take TLS to a whole new level, but it was also a chance to at least try to make a career out of this stuff. Months and months later neither opportunity has gone anywhere, and I'm not optimistic they will eventually work out either....that's life.
I haven't been able to get TLS to the point I had hoped I could get it to by now, and for my family's sake (and to a secondary degree, my own) I'm working on something else that might be more successful since it will be focused on actually making money instead of blogging. While this new project is separate and distinct from TLS, it will actually be somewhat complementary to it as well.
In any case, I can't continue to work on making new graphics and memes for online consumption here AND pursue this new project.
This site will absolutely remain active, I will still post images I find to the image gallery and spin it out to all of the social media avenues that I've worked so hard to grow. I sure hope others will log in and post to the image gallery and share what they find there with their friends as well. However, in addition to my break from personally creating graphics, this portion of the site (the blog) will cease to be updated for an indefinite period of time, starting today.Add a comment
Starting today this section of TLS is going to resemble a blog that gets updated whenever I have updates for it, and my original works will start to be more in the mix of the other galleries with greater regularity.
I envision posting topics that include stuff such as reactions to graphics, caption "contests," etc. So "audience" participation will be desired and highly essential (heads up).
The "Conservative image of the day" will also remain a mainstay of the blog.Add a comment
I don't share too many personal details about my life, but I did want to introduce the newest patriot born on Father's Day! (since he'll be preventing me from posting for much of the week)
Introducing William G. (McAndersen).
Mom and baby are doing great, and my 2 year old daughter has taken to him pretty well so far. Things may change once we get home...
I'm anxious to get to making new posts again soon, but first things first!Add a comment
The "well...sort of.." part is because updates will still be made to the Image Gallery.
Since TLS started I have either created or collected of what must be literally well over a thousand images by now. Some time ago I realized that the blog model isn't very useful for a site with so many images, especially for images that have a more timeless appeal.
The site is going to undergo a few changes starting next week. As a result, barring any major event that needs coverage with some graphics, I wont be doing anymore posts for the rest of the week so I can allow myself time to get everything ready as well as allow links from the blog to run their course.
Once I make the switch of the home page from the blog to the Image Gallery everything posted from this week and before will be broken...which kind of REALLY stinks in the short-term, but the trigger has to get pulled at some point, might as well be in an off-political year.
I will still be updating and posting to my Facebook page and Twitter stuff I find from the Image Gallery, which will replace the blog as the new home page next week. The blog will still be in effect, but it will take a more supportive role to the evolution of TLS being more of an image gallery driven site.
On a final note, one of the big things I want to make sure to do once the "new" TLS is going is make sure you all understand that the Image Gallery is meant to be by everyone, for everyone.
Anyone can register (it's as simple as using your Facebook account) and start contributing conservative/traditionalist images to it...RIGHT NOW!Add a comment