Well, I thought last year was challenging when I wrote up this post celebrating the four year blogoversary of life here on Life on the Wicked Stage. This year provided a new definition of challenging. Through some personal health issues, family health issues, and almost losing the theatre I work for twice (due to economic concerns) it was a year that seemed like it wouldn’t end, and one that was moving far too fast at the same time.
Throughout it all I still kept coming back here, most assuredly as a refuge, and often as a shield against some of the more bristling challenges. What amazes me is that others kept coming here as well, even though the blog often suffered from things going on in the real world. That is evident in that this year’s observance post barely made it to the web on the day of the anniversary. But something else special happened this year. As I blogged about the challenges I faced here, many of those who stop by to read a bit, stepped up and helped out. For those of you who did, I am more grateful than you know and I thank you for your friendship and your care. For those who just stopped by to take a glance or a read, I’m also grateful for the time you spent here and hope you find your way to spend more in the future.
This is still a place that I share what amuses or bemuses me, pisses me off, or makes me smile. It is still a place that where I try to celebrate the good I find in my life and work, and denigrate the idiocy and hypocrisy that too often seems like it wants to destroy any chance of good taking hold. Those dark forces seem to be increasing, and I find my tolerance only them not fading, but instead simmering under the surface. Perhaps some day that simmering will explode on these pages. I’d rather see the idiots explode, but then, that’s another story.
On the first anniversary of my being a blogger, I created the Annual Life on the Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards to celebrate. They were created to celebrate the community of Tablet PC fanatics that I was a part of (and still am) and it has continued as an annual feature here each year since. This year the Ink Blot Awards continue to expand as do my interests. I would imagine that trend will continue as I continue to marvel at the human condition and all the wackiness, weirdness, and wonder that it offers to those who pay attention. So, as I celebrate year five of blogging on Life on the Wicked Stage: Act 2, I’ll once again amend and extend the annual introduction to this year’s festivities:
As we head into year six, I hope that through some intelligently designed construct what happens here will to continue to evolve as I do. In the meantime join with me as we celebrate five years of Life on the Wicked Stage: Act 2 with the Fifth Annual Life on the Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards.