Friday, November 2, 2012

I Think It's Time To Call It A Blog

I have several drafts to finish off first and clear out my image files but I think I am ready to call it a blog. I love everyone who comes by and comments and interacts with me on a daily basis but I am starting to feel like I am becoming that person who stays too long at the party. It's hard to get close to people who only see me as some old creep who just fills their message/comment boxes with unwanted support, opinions and other assorted drivel. I am happy to have championed those who have impressed me with the skills and courage they have negotiating their daily lives. It's never easy and those who try despite their daily disappointments are an inspiration. Their honesty is a gift that I feel they don't want ME, particularly, to be a part of. People on Tumblr treat me like a freak who thinks he is witty and knows what animals are thinking. Kittens really don't think they are people despite what I might believe. I have nothing to prove to anyone anymore.

48 comments:

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

So thats it huh? Packing up and moving on? Happens to more and more people I know as the years go by.

Well, Thanks for letting me be a part of this ritzy operation. We've certainly had some great times together. It was great to have someone to share my own quirky interests, pictures and quotes with someone who seemed to appreciate them.

Its going take a while to get used to having your latest postings or witty replies in my inbox, but maybe that means I can finally get some work done around here!

haha. Best Wishes Kal. Keep it Cool!

Kal said...

Jeez...thank you for at least trying to talk me down from the water tower.

Hobgoblin238 said...

What are you frickin kidding? I got into this blogging stuff for many reasons but one of them was you. You can kiss my arse if you think you are just leaving like that.

MichaelVP said...

Um... Calvin... I'd really rather you didn't.

jboypacman said...

Best of luck to you Cal on your future adventures my friend. Take care of yourself and don't be a stranger.

Tim Knight said...

You'll be back, mark my words! You can't quit us ;-)

I think about jacking it in about once every six months, but find the thing to do is write a "farewell post" and schedule it about two or three weeks ahead. Then by the time it comes around I'm out of my funk and back on target.

Caffeinated Joe said...

I thought you had overcome this trepidation about why you post here and the worry about who comments or not.

If you decide to go, then take care and keep being yourself.

If you decide to stay, there are fans here who enjoy what you do here.

:)

scottsz said...

Your blog is one of the few that has the perfect mix of everything that can pick up a dreary day.

If you need a break - take a break, but please don't stop blogging.

(and stay the hell away from Tumblr!)

Daisy said...

Oh noes!

david_b said...

The sun will come out tomorrow, sir.

Ms. Dennings will be quite upset if you take the Cave away.

Don't be a heart-breaker.

actionfig said...

I don't usually comment much but frequently stop by to check out what's new.Your level of commitment to your blog is unprecedented and inspiring.Maybe a brake is all you need.Use that time to reinvent the site.Come back strong,though!New lay out/design,a couple of widgets, custom menus and kick a#$ images here and there!Keep up the great work :D

TotusMel said...

You know I'm not a frequent commenter, too wrapped up my own thousand and one projects & chatting on twitter, but I really think you have no reason to stop now.

I couldn't stop blogging personally even if no one read. For me, it's about dumping my brain load somewhere. I selfishly do it for me, just me. Sure comments and interaction is nice, but it's not the drive. I pop by here sometimes more than once a day and you stopping would muck up my routine and I'm certain many other peoples...so you just think on that before you pull up stakes.

Garz said...

im not one to comment but I love your blog.... fun and funny .... It will do you good to stay off the tumbler girls site.. there on there for a reason. - Shallow and self serving -- You and your wonderful little site is honest and heartfelt .... I'd love you to keep it going.

Sam G said...

Cal...I really hope you do not stop blogging. Your commitment to this awesomeness is to be commended. I was planning on painting a new Calvin's Canadian Cave of Coolness header for your blog. Damn dude. If you stop this one will you maybe start a new one? Also I know I haven't commented as much as I have in the past, but that doesn't mean I don't stop by to see the coolness.
Stay frosty amigo. You've been a very good internet friend.

Kelly Sedinger said...

Well, crap. This makes my Saturday morning coffee taste a lot less good. I hope you'll reconsider and find your mojo again. I don't see you as a person who fills comment boxes with drivel; I see you as a person with some similar interests and some dissimilar interests who has some interesting things to say and whose general approach to life -- "Hey, look at this!" -- is sadly undervalued by society today.

As for Tumblr, well...maybe your expectations were a little high over there? I've had one for a year or more now, and I still don't get it. I certainly don't get a sense of 'community' over there, just a big collection of cliques of some sort. Not that that's bad, but it's what it is, so I use my Tumblr basically as a place to post stuff that I want to post someplace but not on my main blog.

Anyway, I hope you'll reconsider. You have a keen eye for pretty stuff, and I like your movie reviews a lot. But if you really are wrapping up, I hope you'll still drop by and visit now and again!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Don't get discouraged, Cal. You have many fans. And goddamnit, kittens DO think they're people. You know it, I know it, they know it.

mshatch said...

hope you'll change your mind. I don't believe kittens think like people either but if they WERE people I'm pretty sure I know what they'd be thinking.

Jeff said...

Cal,

I don't comment much, but I lurk a lot, and as a daily (or more) lurker, I'd be sad to see you go. I'm amused by your posts and captions and I silently cheer you on in your ebay quests for action figures. If your mind is made up, and you're going to retire from the blog-o-sphere then so be it, but I for one would love to see you stay and post cool pictures and silly cats for a good time to come. If you're done, you're done and thank you and good night, but if you care to continue on know you've got at least one silent fan looking for his daily fix.

Nick Ward said...

The world just got a lot less interesting.

Come visit us the beers are cooling and NZ summer is approaching.

csmith2884 said...

Well Kelly said things better than I can. My typing is often awful and sometimes worse. This time of year my hands hurt all the time, so if comments are few that's part of the reason why. Still read everyday and you have linked me to many things I never would have found.
I have three times tried to chat you up via skype sent several unanswered emails and you have said over and over you don't like the phone. So I feel I have tried to be a friend, figured you just had too much going on. Hope you change your mind if not I wish you peace.

Christopher

joe said...

I hate to see you go. Hopefully you'll change your mind

Timothy Brannan said...

Wow man, I hate to see you go too.

You have packed more into the last couple of years than most of us will do in a decade of blogging.

Maybe try taking a break for a bit. I find that is good.

Mikeyboy said...

No Calvin. Keep the coolness flowing. I need to visit and look forward to image blizzards and memes... Dont stop... Ok? You're important and relevant in an all too trivial world of blogging on the web...you count. Dont leave us...we need ya

Rockett Davey said...

Yes I Agree With You
Your Blog Was A Wonderful Place To Go To
Lately
Just Cosplay, Pretty Gurlz (Your Opinion)
Boring
Your Blog Roll Was The Only Interesting Place To See
Hang It Up You Fat Canyuck
-Sam

bliss_infinte said...

One of my favorite Internet stops. The inter-webs will become a boring place nice again. *sigh*

DrGoat said...

Take a break my friend, or slow down the pace a little but don't fly the coop. It's pretty much what all the people before me in this comment section say. Don't stop. Later.

Jordan said...

I'd rather you didn't, because I love the blog -- it provides something that I haven't found anywhere else. Sure, the individual components may be available in other places on the web, but the synthesis is all you -- the commentary, the taste, the presentation, and the heart you bring to it.

Who knows; maybe you're feeling a wanderlust or dissatisfaction due to other non-blog elements in your life. That's none of my business. If you have to face whatever imbalances in your life, well, join the club (everyone does). But I'd hate to see the blog go; it's something special. Anyway, my $0.02

Drake said...

Cal, don't GO!
Don't leave me alone here!
You're not a freak you are my friend and need you and your blog!

Lazarus Lupin said...

Cal,
Do what's best for you, but I wish you wouldn't go. I like ya much.

Super-Duper ToyBox said...

I share Dr. Goat's prescription: take a break- your pace is break-neck, Man! Ultimately, you happiness is all that matters to me, but we'd sure be without one of our favorite blogs. There must always be a Cave of Cool...

Chase March said...

Hey Calvin,

I respect and admire what you do. If you want to quit blogging, I get it. You will be missed though.

Maybe you can keep the Cave of Cool alive. You don't have to be as prolific. You cut down your online productivity and not post as much.

Just a thought.

Whatever you choose to do,

All the Best!

- Chase March

Belle said...

This is the first time I've read a blog in a long time and I was sorry to see how you feel. I'm not sure why you think people think badly of you. I'm sure most people like you very much and enjoy your blog.

I kind of quit blogging because Thanksgiving rolled around and it was my grandson Criag's favorite holiday. And of course Xmas is coming soon. There is just a heartache that won't go away, although I'm doing okay. I think it is all part of the grieving process. I don't know, I don't find things as funny as I used to and have no desire to write any longer.

Love you Kal, as much as I can love someone I have never met.

Ruth said...

I don't read all your posts, but I enjoy what I do.
I've shared a few posts on Facebook and my family.
You make me laugh.
Whatever you do, may you be at peace with it.

Levi Krause said...

Yeah. What they said. Take a break. Get off the grid for a while. Go outside. Smell the snow or whatever. Every six weeks or so, I spend an entire week offline, and pretend there's a real world out there to be seen. It can do wonders for your observation. On EVERYTHING. You have a lot of supporters here who enjoy, and appreciate your efforts. Never let the opinions of some Tumblr-teens, or anyone else stop you from doing whatever makes you happy. Coolness is rare, not common, as the media would lead you to believe. As long as you stay true to YOU, you're forever cool in my book.

Tempo said...

love what you do Cal, hoping you see the error of your ways and come back to us refreshed and ready to work.

Rockie Bee said...

Well, I hope you don't quit. Take a few days off. Come back soon. If not, thanks for the blog and cat captions.

ThoughtCriminal said...

The world does not need less coolness.

Mikeyboy said...

Calvin,Cal,Cal,Cal,Cal,Cal,Cal. Calvin, Kal,Kal,Kal,Kal,Kal...Hi. Tee hee hee hee.
Don't go. Ok?

Rod Barnett said...

Don't you fucking leave! What will I do? I got no where else to go!!!

But seriously- I can understand wanting to hang up your spurs. You've got nothing to prove but if you go i will miss you. A lot.

Brian Russell said...

If you quit, the Cephalopods win.

Jordan said...

"Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in."

david_b said...

Just decide. Yes or No.

Remember, paraphrasing the great Hunter S. Thompson..:

"When the going gets weird, the Weird turn Pro."

Jordan said...

Also, what's this about Twitter? Someone picking on you? I don't get it.

Mikeyboy said...

worry yee not of the twits on twitter. Only those who tweet twit tweets of twitlieness and not of twenlightnenment.

With this outpouring Cal...you see it's about us and our relationship and not them...who cares about them...those twits

Margaret Benbow said...

Are you fricking kidding me? Quit blogging? That would be so selfish! Do you know how many people read you, the color and smiles (and sometimes fury, it's all good)you add to their day? You absolutely can't quit, we couldn't stand it. Besides, if you quit blogging, you would probably either implode or explode. Where would all those brains and wit and ideas and great graphics go? 'Twouldn't be pretty, I know that. Stay. Stay.

Budd said...

crap! don't tell me that the internet is out of red heads. I knew they were going extinct but this is horrible.

Good luck on your many future adventures. keep the blog open and stop by every once in a while and tell us what you have been up to.

Budd said...

I mean the election is pretty much over and those are the posts I liked the least and now they are gone for about 6 months before the 2016 campaigns start.

DrNobody said...

I'm hoping all of the posts today are a good sign that you're not leaving... I don't go on the net much for a little over a week (due to my maw being in town), and you're ready to call it quits?!? I sincerely hope you don't go, dude!! I've thoroughly enjoyed this blog for quite some time (hence why I would have you by my side in the zombie apocalypse)... If I ever don't respond to something you've responded to me on here, don't take offense!! I sometimes forget where I posted what... ;^)