Six months* of blogging!

It was Sept. 12, 2007 — six months ago today* — that I launched this blog. How time flies when you’re posting daily. Also, having fun.

Blogging, admittedly, has been more work than expected, in part because I didn’t intend to post seven days a week. Once I started, though, I kept up the pace.

Many days I wondered what I would post the next day — usually I write these posts a day or more in advance, timed to pop up around 5 a.m., so there’s something here first thing in the morning for you — and yet even when I’m stuck, something always suggests itself. In that way it’s been a good writing exercise for me.

This blog has proved to be a good outlet for sharing reader mail, occasional stray thoughts, cultural notes, nostalgia and accounts of my dining adventures. I think of it as “my column, only moreso.” Half the fun is your comments, so thanks to all for your contributions.

My column remains my main thing, of course, with the blog being a sort of adjunct. (Readership here is a tiny fraction of print readership, albeit growing.) And yet it’s taken on something of a life of its own, and that’s awesome.

At this half-year point, any general feedback on this blog’s usefulness or focus would be appreciated. Anything different you’d like to see here? Posting my columns here is one idea that’s been suggested, although I’ve been reluctant to do that, thinking it seems redundant.

* As reader Randy Volm points out below, from mid-September to mid-February is really only five months. I mistakenly counted the months themselves, which add up to six, but he’s absolutely right. Since I already hung the streamers and paid for the band, can we celebrate five months? Thanks.

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  • Lois R.

    Hi David,

    Congratulations on six months of blogging! I enjoy reading them every morning. It’s a great way to start the day. As for content, the possibilities are endless. You could make swamp land seem fun!

    By the way I really bought into the idea you got up every morning at 5am to post. Ha!

    [To test Lois' hypothesis, look for my upcoming series on swamp land. -- DA]

  • Randall Volm

    David,

    First off, I’d like to say, “Happy Anniversary on 6 months blogging!” Great job!

    Second, if your blog launched September 12, 2007, then your 6 month point would be March 12, 2008. Unless you launched it August 12, 2007? Or, you accidently posted your article one month early?

    And lastly, feedback from your readers will always help in aiding you for more topics open to discussion in this thread. I personally had fun with “Things That Aren’t Here Anymore” from January 2008.

    [D'oh! I didn't count from one month to the next, just the months themselves. Oh well. Five months of blogging! Isn't that something? -- DA]

  • Powertools

    David,

    This blog has been a great way to keep in the know about the local area. The unique perspective, albeit yours and a limited number of readers, is honest and genuine. It is a nice diversion in my day.

    I agree that your print column does not need to be included here.

    Suggestion: You need to get out more. How about blogging about the live music offering the local area? There must be a number of decent places. I found one, the Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue Lounge. Any others out there?

    [Thanks for the comments and suggestions. -- DA]

  • Maria

    David, I’ve only recently discovered your blog, and I’m glad I did. I’m not a native Californian (I moved here from New York 6 years ago) so I enjoy finding out about the unique places in this area. I especially hope that you’ll continue with your restaurant postings, too.

    [Restaurant posts seem popular based on the number of comments so I'll keep writing 'em. Glad you find this blog useful, Maria. -- DA]

  • John Clifford

    Congratulations on 6 months!

    Mostly more of the same. Keep ‘em comin’.

  • http://diversitown.blogspot.com meg

    I don’t see a real need for posting the columns. They’ve got an RSS feed of their own, so they’re easy enough to read in their home territory. Plus it keeps the tones distinct; the print-journalism tone of the column reprints would change the way I read the blog as a whole.

    [Well said. -- DA]

  • Ramona Fredericks

    Congrats on your half-year anniversary. Some marriages don’t last that long! We should have baked you a cake.

    I check out your blog most days and most days it’s thought-provoking. I enjoy a second chance to see what’s up in the IE since I read your column as well. (Also usually thought-provoking.) For that reason, I would prefer a new bunch of stuff in the blog.

    As you may have noticed, I’m not shy about commenting here. While I read several other blogs during my Internet adventures, they rarely cause me to want to reply. I hope that ennui (did ya have to look that up?) doesn’t set in as it does with other bloggers.

    Looking forward to more interesting IE news — new and old. Keep up the good work.

    Ramona

    [Some bloggers, even good ones, get few comments and that definitely saps their will to continue, as it seems they're flinging their posts into the void. I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of comments here and that has kept me going. -- DA]

  • Charles Bentley

    GREETINGS:

    Congratulations on your biannual blog birthday! (By the way, has it really been six months? You might check your math or your calendar.)

    Thanks to your tireless efforts, the level of discussion about things past, present and future in the Inland Valley has been raised to an all-time high. And it’s wonderful to have an advocate of “life in the 909″ available in cyberspace.

    While the idea of rerunning your “Pomona A to Z” columns on a weekly basis is a good one, I believe just using the blog to repeat your daily column would be a waste of good writing and great entertainment. So many blogs are just rants, giving the author a chance to vent his/her frustrations or advocate a specific personal or political belief.

    Your day-to-day musings are a terrific way to start each day. Think of your blog as the electronic “bran muffin” for the IV.

    Best wishes for more of the same in the months and years ahead!

    [An electronic bran muffin? I knew my blog was a regular stop for some of you but didn't think I was keeping you regular as well. Seriously, thanks as always for the comments, Charles. -- DA]

  • Vlad

    Happy six months birth day, David! In old country we would uncork you and drink toast. Haalezprahzut!

  • richard e nunez

    great job always looking forward to read your blog.
    if you write it,they will read it.

  • Gene Harvey

    David, I think the blog has been an excellent idea which is working out so well with all the comments, reactions, etc.

    The biggest disappointment is finding out that you do NOT get up at 5 a.m. each morning to post it. Judy and I didn’t know whether to be impressed or think you much too dedicated. Anyway, keep up the good work. You add a lot to our lives.

    And, by the way, Dave Barry spent years trying to be thought of as a stud muffin, so you might as well go ahead and let your column try to be electronic bran muffin.

  • Ecks Patriate

    Always fun to keep track of what’s going on back there from here in Nebraska. I know you might not have expected it, but blogging really suits you and your style of writing. Congrats!

    Jay

  • DICEBLU

    CONGRATS DAVID !!
    Really enjoy the daily blog in addition to your column in the paper. Keep up the reviews on all the places to eat around here…gaining weight has never been so much fun!

  • http://www.goddessofpomona.blogspot.com Goddess of Pomona

    Congrats on the 5 month anniversary (any excuse for a party, eh?). I’m thinking by your one-year anniversary you’ll be up to 200 comments a post, while I’m still struggling to get one. Like others, I had no idea you had hired a robot to make your 5 a.m. posts.

    [Maybe I should have saved that tidbit for a separate thread, "Secrets Behind the Blog." Except I can't think of any more secrets. -- DA]

  • judi

    Congrats, David, on nearly a half-year of blogging. (Maybe you should refrain from using actual numbers. That way you don’t have to be so accountable!)

    Y’know, I didn’t include an electronic bran muffin in my upcoming book, Stud Muffins (www.studmuffinsbook.com–a shameless plug), but if I do a Stud Muffins 2, are you interested in auditioning?

    [My agent will call your agent. -- DA]

  • Bob House

    Keep up the great work. The column and blog are must-reads for me and I’m not even in California anymore.

  • JMac

    I’m in agreement with everyone else here. I’ve been a longtime reader and fan of your column. The blog, as you state, is a terrific “adjunct” to that. So congrats on a successful five months of daily missives, and allowing us to play in your sandbox.

    [Thanks, JMac. Now give me back my sand bucket. -- DA]