Today marks 10 years of the Stick Chick Blog. My first post, "Enter the Stick Chick" (on the original Blogger site), was published on December 6, 2013.
Well, shoot, I feel kinda silly for even posting this year's anniversary post.
2023 has been the year I barely posted any content here at all.
Not that I haven't tried, mind you - I literally have 13 posts in various portions of progress in my drafts.
No, really... see?
463 posts published, and as of right now, there are 14 in drafts (including this one, so that makes 13 that are in progress). Those 9 in trash are posts that I just couldn't salvage in time for the posts to be relevant.
For most of 2023, I've been going to school. I am changing my daytime profession and that requires education and certification and I am absolutely loving that new direction, y'all, and between that, and running Kindred Protective Arts, my time is very, very limited these days.
I also don't want to keep repeating myself here. I've already done that a few times.
Sure, Chickie, that clever take on that interesting issue might be HAWT but you did write about it in nearly an identical manner 5 years ago, but you forgot you did. And also you've used this exact gif probably dozens of times.
Given how many posts I've made, it's definitely a risk. Over a decade, I've published about 750-800 posts all-in, including "Stick Chicktivity" weekly round-up posts and posts on the old Blogger site that I didn't re-publish here.
Of course there's no rule saying I CAN'T repeat myself on some topics. Maybe I'll reconsider being overly concerned about that, but there it is.
I also need to consider that I may have reached a point where I've said pretty much all that I need or want to say. In fact, I have considered ending this blog more than once over the past year. Among those 13 drafts is a "Goodbye" post. I look at it sometimes, edit it, and consider posting it and being done with the Stick Chick Blog.
I end up deciding not to publish it every time.
For some reason, though, I just don't want to let The Stick Chick Blog die. When I do have something to say, I like having a place to say it.
I FINALLY got a chance to use this reference! YAY!
Y'all, I still appreciate it when you guys read, share, and interact with me here. Really, some old post or meme on my Facebook or Instagram gets shared, and I see you guys interact with it, and I miss that, to be honest.
So instead of announcing a closure, I'm going to celebrate the fact that I've been doing this 10 years, even if this last year and a half or so was... sparse.
I suspect I'll come back to posting regularly when I have the bandwidth for it (summer breaks do exist, after all). When/how often, I can't say, but the Stick Chick Blog lives on, at least for another year.
In the mean time, if YOU have a blog post, a video, or a meme you want me & others in The Stick Chick blog readership to see, hey, send it to me via Messenger on FB, I'll see what I can do to get it seen (if I like it, of course).
Thank you for your support over the past 10 years.