Had I know I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. - Yogi Berra
The first Blue Skunk blog post, "Getting Blogging Help" appeared on August 8, 2005. Since then:
There have been
- 1364 posts
- 6794 comments (not counting a bajillion spams)
- Unique site visitors range between 20-50K a month
- The site is the number one hit in Google for "Blue Skunk." (There is a strain of marijuana called Blue Skunk that seems to be gaining in the ranking, however.)
- The Blue Skunk logo gets changed twice a month thanks to the drawings by my son Brady. I am hoping to talk him into doing some new ones.
- The younger crowd at conferences identify me as "the Blue Skunk guy" not the author of book or articles
- I have retained by joy in writing in this format
I do all the wrong things with this blog. It has no clear focus - some days it's about libraries, some days about technology, other days about just stuff. It often becomes too personal, too political or too offensive. I've messed up, written critically about folks who read about themselves and were hurt my what I said. I'd like to think I would exercise more discipline in the blog were to I begin again. But I doubt it.
Since I often get asked this and it's hard to find on the site, I will again answer the question: Why the Blue Skunk Blog?:
I created this blog reluctantly. Blogging seems so trendy and as anyone who has seen my clothes and haircut knows, I am not a trendy person.
My current, established website seems to be useful to others. I post my "real" articles, columns and workshop materials there often. It has an effective search engine. People can find out how to contact me there. It's my professional face.
So the question remains, why in the devil do I need a blog? I’m somewhat reluctant to share my personal life since it has only two speeds - boring and embarrassing. Intellectually, it’s about all I can do to come up with enough cogent thoughts for published columns and articles. (I still don't understand the economic model of bloggers. Not that writing for professional publication pays much either, but at least it’s beer money.)
What I did not have is a convenient way for people to respond to my writing or presentations. This blog might afford such a means. It has also served as a sounding board for ideas I am currently thinking/writing about. You may have seen some Blue Skunk entries as parts of a published article or book.
As it's turned out, I've continued to write simply because it has been so dang much fun. I amuse myself on a fairly regular basis, and if when doing so, I amuse you as well, so much the better. I love the comments - both contrary and supportive. And I enjoy the simple freedom of having no editor other than one's conscience.
Be aware, of course, that the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and do not reflect those of my school district, my children, nor totally rational human beings.
Please continue to read and add your your thoughts to the Blue Skunk. But as always, keep them clean - my mother reads this. You never know - your mother might be reading it too.
All the very best,
Oh, Blue Skunk? As I understand it, early explorers attempted to give this part of Minnesota the Lakota name for “blue earth” - mah-kah-toe. Somehow this got changed to man-kay-toe, the Lakota word for “blue skunk.”
I like the image and the lesson about how easily things get lost in translation.