Monday, August 22, 2016

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Shutting Down This Blog

I was getting ready to pull the plug.

I really was.

I’ve been so busy with my job and my life that this site’s been getting precious little attention. I mean well, but I just haven’t had the time or inclination to put more effort into it.

And it shows.

I didn’t want to go out like that. I always promised myself that if I go out, I’ll go like I do everything I do: slinking away quietly while owing everyone money.

But I started reading over older posts. Over the years, I’ve written about weight loss and healthy living everywhichway you can and in some ways that you can’t (or at least shouldn’t).

It wasn’t my words that really got me rethinking shutting it down; it was everyone else’s.

There were comments from old friends and folks just passing by. There were kind words and compliments from like-minded weight-loss warriors all over the globe. And there were words of encouragement from people who are no longer around, and I mean that literally. This blog has seen casualties in its wake.

It’s been eight years since I stumbled into blogging. I’ve lost hundred of pounds, gained too many of them back, but I’m still keeping my eyes on that healthy living prize.

I can’t promise you that I’m going to start generating any spellbinding content anytime soon, but this was really supposed to more about helping myself than helping anybody else. If others found inspiration or something that could help them along their path, well, that was just low-fat gravy.

But I’m still here.

I hope you are, too.


  1. I would have been sad if you shut down. Happy you are still here even if you need to put in on the back burner while your life huffs and puffs on ahead. We'll catch up. :)

  2. I'm here! We oldies have to stick together. It's the old, stick-with-it-for-decades blogs that will go down in history as the ones who just never knew when to quit. Let's be the 90-year-olds who are the last dinosaur remnants if the "blogging boom"! Love your blog as always :)

  3. Glad to hear it. One foot in front of the other, I remind myself daily.

  4. I'm still here too! Still waiting for "Thong Thursdays". In Australia, a thong is a shoe (flip-flop), that is what you mean, right? Right?

    1. In my youth here in the midwestern USA, we called those shoes thongs also. It totally grosses out my (much) younger relatives when I refer to flip flops that way. Eileen

  5. Newly here, but still think I'd like to read.

  6. In read your posts and enjoy your sense of humour. thanks for your efforts.

  7. I find I still get a lot of reads with my blog but not as much interaction/comments. I think that's the case over much of blogland. You do your thing and don't worry about the rest.

  8. I'm still here!! Reading every post and laughing my @$$ off. Wish I could ACTUALLY laugh it off...much easier than all the hiking, biking and weight lifting. should write a post about that!

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  10. I'm still here! It would be a sad day if you truly left.

  11. I don't come by very often, but I appreciate your unique sense of humor.

  12. I'm so glad you're here. Great post, Jack! I still remember the day I came within about, what, an hour of meeting you? Or less? That was six years ago. Maybe someday, my friend. :) You're one of the best--and if we're breaking it down into categories, you are the best weight loss comedic writer on the planet. I'm so glad you're sincerely giving you what you need, sir. Always wishing you the best.

  13. I hope you never quit blogging even if it's just a few times a year!

  14. I'm seriously so glad that you are still here--I mean I just found your blog! Excited to dig in!



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