In early 2006, I began hanging out with a group of (mostly) like-minded comics bloggers I’d come into contact with through Fanboy Rampage. I wasn’t doing much writing at the time, as I was still suffering from a catastrophic case of burn-out caused by some frustrating collaborative experiences around the turn of the millennium.
Yet it was hard not to think of getting back into the game when I was surrounded by so many talented folks. It was around that time I discovered the then-dawning archival/oddity mp3 blogging scene, and realized I’d found an ideal platform for written self-expression.
I gave up the mp3 blogging format towards the end of 2008, around the time the Powers That Be withdrew their ambivalent tolerance and began cracking down on sites according to some heavy-handed and arbitrary (and often self-contradictory) unspecified calculus. I relaunched Armagideon Time on its own domain, shedding the BlogSpot address and about three-fourths of its readership in the process.
The site has staggered along fitfully ever since.
When I began AT, I was blessed with five years of pent-up creative energy and a surfeit of free time. That stopped being the case around 2010 or so, when my day job duties expanded and the diminishing returns of a daily posting schedule began to take their toll.
The gap between my ambition and my motivation has only widened since then. While I try to tell myself I’m not in it for the pagehits, the realization that I peaked three years ago doesn’t exactly inspire me to step up my game…even if I had a clue about what such a thing would entail.
There were times in the run-up to this anniversary when I contemplated shuttering the site and retiring to a life free of social media nonsense. If a certain event had achieved a more favorable outcome, that’s exactly what would have happened.
It didn’t, though.
As long as I’m paying the server and domain fees, and feel the need to maintain a public outlet for my nonsense, AT will keep on keeping on.
To everyone who has supported this site over the years: Thanks. What you lack in numbers, you make up for in coolness.
(Oh, and be sure to check the first comment sometime before next Saturday.)