Well, it was interesting while it lasted. We laughed, we cried…. etc….
Back in June of 2006 I started The MAD Blog thinking it would be a good outlet for my writing and a chance to share some of my experiences and insights into the world of cartooning, caricature and freelance illustration. I also hoped it would be a great exercise in creative thinking… trying to come up with worthwhile topics for posts, articles and the like. I knew it would be a challenge, and that it would take some of my time and energy every day. So far I have not failed to make a post every single day. While some have been not exactly of the Pulitzer prize winning ilk, there have I think been a few that people have thought were worth their time to read. The tutorials especially have gotten some positive reader response.
One thing I did NOT want The MAD Blog to become was any of the following:
- A dreaded chore
- A drain on my time and energy
- Something that got in the way of my paying work
Unfortunately The MAD Blog has become numbers 2 and 3 above. I have found myself more than a few times working up a post for the blog when I have work on the board that needs doing. As much as I have enjoyed the experience of doing a blog and some of the positive feedback I’ve gotten from people, in the cold light of reality it just does not make sense to continue this level of commitment to it. There is nothing tangible being gained, and certainly no proportionate return for the not insubstantial amount of time I have devoted to it in the last 22 months. I’m not talking about money, because I never expected the blog to generate any real revenue. Balanced against the time it takes me away from my work, my family and my other interests it’s just hard to justify the time involved. This last month my workload has been so incredibly intense that the reality of something having to give has really hit home.
So, it’s with a heavy heart that I put aside my pen… uh… I mean my bluetooth keyboard, say “goodbye” and retire The MAD Blog. I may occasionally post here now and then, but it will most often be weeks between posts and they will mainly be the occasional notification that I added something to my main website or something of that nature. I have always been a kind of all-or-nothing guy. If I can’t give 100% to something then I don’t want to do it at all.
Before I go I have two very important things to say… important to me anyway. First, I want to thank everybody who had taken the time to make a comment here and has been a regular visitor… I know that more than a few people visit here every day and it really made my efforts worthwhile. Secondly, and most important of all… speaking of days… what day is it again? Oh, yeah….
Sorry… couldn’t resist. Don’t think you can get rid of me that easily! Takes up too much time? I am the fastest #!$&*@ two-fingered typist you have ever seen! I’m just getting warmed up! Look for more inane, senseless drivel, how to tutorials (yes, more “How to Draw Caricatures” posts are in the works) and the occasional goofy drawing or two each and every day here on The MAD Blog!
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930 New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550
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