Thursday, January 5, 2017

Out of Phoenix Rises the Ashes

Melvin and I have been planning and undertaking baseball road-trips for 15 years (origin story). For about half that time, it was (just) something we did because we enjoyed it.

The endlessly repeated end of the video for One in a Million (1983).

Then, starting with our 2009 cross-country trip—4,800 miles and 16 games in 20 days—we decided to blog about our experience. Going into the exercise, we agreed that we could stop at the end of the trip. We didn't.

Melvin and I were not alone in starting a blog in the mid- to late-aughts. Andrew Keen, a critic of the Internet (then still a proper noun), wrote in 2007 that "a new blog is being created every second of every minute of every hour of every day."

That's around 90,000 new blogs every day. Our's started on July 20, 2009. The first post was an introduction, Who Am I and Why Am I Here?. Since I can no longer answer either question, this post is for me probably the conclusion.

Melvin may feel differently. He may reconceptualize the whole endeavor, perhaps even in a way that entices my renewed participation. In any case, however, the gif applies.

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