Monday, February 28, 2011

Whither SHAMblog? Damned if I know....

For a variety of reasons large and small, personal and professional, I don't expect to be keeping up my customary pace on SHAMblog in the coming weeks and months. This may be temporary or it may be permanent ... or I may be reversing my field entirely in a few weeks (as has happened before). Whatever the case, I hope that those of you who've met here faithfully on and off since the summer of 2005 will continue to check back now and again. And as silly as this might sound, I also hope you'll continue to recommend the blog to friends who are interested in a stimulating and provocative take on the big wide world of scammery and related affairs. For even if additions are minimal from this point forward, I'll always feel that our cozy little corner of the blogosphere will have lasting value in an archival sense, as a real-time chronicle of an especially crazed period in the grand American zeitgeist. Think about it: We've lived through Secret-mania, Sarah Palin, the nation's first president-of-color, and the recession that almost brought capitalism to its knees. For those reasons alone, I think it's safe to regard the 1,047 posts presented to this pointand, more important, the tens of thousands of diverse comments thereuponas a digital time capsule ... with contributions arriving from just about every nation on earth.

Wherever our ultimate destiny, I want to thank all of you who have participated. I cannot imagine that there's been a livelier, more consistently literate discussion anywhere. I am awed and humbled by the fact that so many people devoted so much energy, thought and sheer time to my oddball labor of love.

21 comments:

John Soares said...

Steve, I salute you for examining your priorities and realizing that blogging needs to drop down a bit on the list.

You're in my feed reader, so I'll know when you post -- whenever that might be.

Dimension Skipper said...

Well, I track SHAMblog via the RSS and plan to keep that mechanism in place since you indicate this may be temporary or sporadic rather than full permanent stop. So as any updates come through, I should see them.

From the day I found it, stumbled across it really, via google-searching Lucinda Bassett's Midwest Center during a stretch when her ads were ubiquitous on local radio, I could tell SHAMblog was different from so many other blogs. Of course, that was in large part due to the fact that moderation was used to filter out the typical anonymous nimrods with nothing whatsoever to add to any discussion besides rote talking points and endless bile while dissenting thoughtful opinions were allowed and thoroughly explored. All that in turn speaks to the quality of the moderator.

So many blogs are just out for a (way too often) cheap laugh, or only interested in pointless mundane trivia, or narrowly focused to some specific agenda. Nothing wrong with those, I guess, but they're not so much my style. Here, detailed discussion was not DIScoouraged, but ENcouraged. Not that humor was off the table. A joke by itself was fine, but a greater underlying point and context was often present. Topics could range from life-and-death seriousness to whimsical and back again, sometimes all in the same comment thread under one post. Politics, sex, crime, punishment, everything was fair game—and again often all in one post! But never just for the sake of titillation or mere gawking.

Thanks, Steve for all your efforts. Good luck with, well, whatever may be going on to make you want/need to veer off the blogging road. I completely understand that blogging in and of itself is an ebb-and-flow mental endeavor and at times can weigh one down through repeated frustrations and/or just eat up more time than you really want eaten.

Happy trails... for now. But I'll keep watching this space. I trust you'll at least pop back when you can officially announce that your new self-help actualization guru (SHAG!) book is to be published.

8^)

I'll leave you with this... Today's Rubes in which Leigh Rubin sort of touches upon your recent Easter Bunny vs God theme. Perhaps it's even very close to the ultimate truth?

:-)

RevRon's Rants said...

Whatever it is you need to do for now, Steve, I wish you well, and hope you come back refreshed and smiling.

Kathryn Price said...

Steve, since I "met" you on The Power review last September, I've visited your blog and have appreciated your dedication to exposing shams. I wish you well in whatever you decide to do going forward.

Yekaterina said...

You've been wanting to "move on" for some time now... Thank you for weaning us off of SHAMblog in such a generous fashion!

Rational Thinking said...

Steve - I hope you'll keep the blog going, even if it is on an occasional basis. Over the years I think I've read almost all of your posts, and a fair percentage of the comments too. Both are high quality, and I'll miss this blog if it disappears. Haven't had a lot of time to comment lately, but I've been reading along where time permits.

Wishing you well with all your current and future ventures.

Cosmic Connie said...

What they said above, Steve... I wish you well but really hope you don't abandon SHAMblog entirely. I've had a lot of fun here over the past few years. And as I've noted before, you were my inspiration for starting Whirled Musings.

Anonymous said...

Quit now with all of the crazies out there? Sweat Lodge Trials and Actors claiming the aren't real? Maybe the news itself will bring shame on what you've been talking about all along. I hope to see you here on occasion or read a new book soon.

My best.

Singapore Girl said...

I am going to miss my SHAMblog fix Steve. I do hope you will come by with an occasional post - at least to let us know what you are up to. I also hope a new book is in the pipeline or even an updated SHAM. That would be marvellous!

Cosmic Connie said...

SHAMblog was the first thing I thought of today when watching a segment on CBS' newly revamped "Early Show." The topic of the segment was the revelation that 97% of women have a negative body image, and that they have many negative thoughts about their body each day. That's according to a survey sponsored by Glamour Magazine.

"Early Show" psychologist and contributor Dr. Jennifer Hartstein and Glamour magazine Executive Editor Wendy Naugle came on the set to discuss this troubling issue with one of the female co-hosts. The two big questions: Where do those negative thoughts come from and how can this mindset be changed?

A few minutes of the expected psychobabble ensued, with nary a mention of the insidious influence of women's magazines such as "Glamour." I was thinking, "Where's Steve Salerno when we need him?" At the very least it would have made for a good SHAMblog post.

So really, Steve, don't quit altogether.

Here's that "Early Show" link.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/02/earlyshow/health/main20038303.shtml

a faithful "SHAMblogger" said...

I have to admit I thought you'd give in by now and start posting again. You've already done that at least twice in SHAMblog history. The reality is beginning to sink in and for some reason it really bothers me. :(

Jenny said...

Connie, I think about how this changes as women age, too. The different life stages present different "self image" issues. Bodies naturally change with age. Functions that once went along without a hitch aren't quite what they used to be, and through no fault of the woman; unless, of course, you want to fault her for giving birth. Young women strive to be attractive enough to snag a good mate, then once that happens and "mating" results in pregnancy and birth, the self image issues change from "am I attractive enough" to "how can I live with these 'embarrassing' physical limitations." Well, related to all of this, of course, is sex, a topic that seems forever relevant.

Whither SHAMblog? :)

Cosmic Connie said...

Good points, Jenny. In keeping, I suppose, with the "Early Show's" out-with-the-old-faces-in-with-the-fresh-new-ones theme, the segment focused, at least implicitly, on younger women: the Glamour demographic, I suppose. Aging, with its whole separate category of issues, wasn't even mentioned. The focus seemed to be more on weight issues and eating disorders. In truth, though, "women's" magazines such as Glamour -- and the whole cosmetics/beauty racket -- wreak their havoc on the self-image of women (and girls) of all ages.

So anyway... I guess we'll just continue to carry on discussions here with or without our host. But I'd prefer "with." (You listening, Steve?)

Yekaterina said...

...but yet I keep coming back here to check!

P.S. Go Connie Go!

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Take a long vacation Steve with the money you made slogging SHAM. Live your dreams off the money you made of making us all aware of how we can't be in control of our lives. Make sweet music. Oh, and I didn't mean to make you feel bad.

SteveinAZ said...

I don't comment much but your blog has helped me become a better writer. You attract very intelligent responses and I have used that to learn how to express myself through the written word.

So hope you don't stay away too long, I am grateful for it pushing me to become better at something that has always interested me but I found very challenging.

Cosmic Connie said...

I take it that Anon March 5 9:44 AM is one of many who prefer the delusion sold by selfish-help gurus: that we can always be in *complete* control of our lives, and that we can have, do, or be absolutely anything we want to have, do, or be, if only we buy whatever crap the guru in question is peddling.

It is true, however, that the peddlers of delusion generally do make more money than those who attempt to inject a little reality into the picture.

I hope you're enjoying your hiatus, Steve, and look forward to seeing you back here.

Anonymous said...

I'm not even getting upset anymore at Steve threatening to quit Shamblog. I know he is as addicted to writing it as we are to reading it so I expect a new post soonish;)

Londoner

a/good/lysstener said...

I just want to say that this is so sad to me. :-(

Anonymous said...

Just read about Jordan, and how you influenced each other. I admire you both and wish the best in both your futures. Will be checking this blog to see if I can see that you both are doing terrific in the coming months and years. God bless you both.
Hugs from Lor & family

Anonymous said...

You know, I respect the whole idea of making people aware of the SHAM artists out there, but I really do object to the blanket of negativity on everything that isn't science. Science has killed it's share of people - which by the way you don't mention Steve. Get real or go home.