The blog started out as the result of a class I took – How 2.0 Blog – at the Lorain Public Library back in March 2009. It's come a long way from those early days of pun-filled posts about Bob's Donuts, Midway Oh-Boys and Dog 'n Suds. (Well, maybe it's not that different.)
Recently, someone asked me why I write this blog. My answer? To fill a need. I think there needs to be a blog where you can look at old Yala's Pizza ads, read about the grand opening of some long-gone business, find out who Auntie Ferguson was, or revisit a great Journal or Chronicle-Telegram article from the past.
It's a lot of work to find and prepare content to post here, and sometimes it seems like the blog has more filler than a low-grade hot dog. Many times I told myself, "All right, one more year and that's it!" But then I'd get a nice email or comment from somebody telling me they enjoyed a post. So I'd rededicate myself and head back to the library.
However, I am going to slow down – just a bit.
I can't promise you that there will be something new here five days a week. Frankly, I'm exhausted. Some of these topics take weeks to prepare. Some have been postponed for years because I can't find the time to write them up. For instance, I've been mentioning "my upcoming series on the Pueblo" for so many years now that when it finally does appear here, I'm sure some of you will think it's a sign of the Apocalypse.
Plus, I still write for The Black Swamp Trader & Firelands Gazette – and I've got to start researching and writing my articles for upcoming issues. So I might miss a day on the blog here and there. Sorry about that. But it will give me some much-needed breathing room.
I want you to know that I truly appreciate your coming here to read this stuff. I plan to keep on doing it as long as it's fun.
A special thank you goes out to everyone who has left a comment – especially the regulars – over the years. You make this blog a much richer and entertaining experience (and you catch my errors too). Thanks also to those of you who send me suggestions. I'll continue to try to use as many as I can – I've got quite a backlog.
Anyway, watch for my upcoming series on the Pueblo!