The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

A Dialogue (I hope) About the Future

The following is not . . . I repeat, not . . . a Farewell Address; rather a disclosure of what one might call internal malaise here at Gunslinger.

Let's not resort to euphemisms at the outset. This blog is in trouble; it's on the ropes.

I don't know why it's on the ropes . . . I have a few, highly speculative theories. I just know that it is, and that for months now I've been trying to locate some lone spark of inspiration that might possibly revive it in its present form. I've come up empty. I've also given serious thought to moving it in a new direction, whatever that might be. This too has yielded nothing. In short, I've run out of ideas (workable ideas, anyway); what's more our visitor stats have fallen to pre-2006 levels.

I can give you a bit of the history of how this came to pass: Over the last 9-10 months, certain events have occurred in my life, both (very) good and bad. I expected they would all distract me from what I do here, if only for a time, but for whatever reason their impact has been far greater on this blog than I would have imagined, for whatever mechanisms existed within me to keep this thing going were, I found, depleted. At best I could find the time, the energy, the inclination to update this thing only rarely . . . and that is directly contrary to what I'd resolved to do once the format had more or less manifested itself in mid-2005, which was to provide a consistent, steady, hopefully even unceasing stream of such content as I and my co-conspirators might generate. There was also the departure some weeks ago . . . never announced here, for I would not be party to my own public humiliation . . . of a (nameless) member of Team Gunslinger; someone better affiliated among the brethren who could not help but rub it in that they had moved on to bigger and better things, thus making any continued residence in our blogospheric leper colony not only untenable, but more of an embarrassment before the Film blog community (a term I use advisedly) than it had been . . . if such a thing were possible, of course.

As a side note, let me point out that this did not come as a complete shock, however demoralizing it had been. In fact, there are a great many . . . some of whom will no doubt, and with characteristic pettiness and sub-collegiate glee, be passing along the link to this post, prefaced by something along the lines of 'Hey! He's having another meltdown. Get the popcorn!' . . . who would find risible the notion that it takes any effort whatsoever to put this blog together, or that you could call anything that fills its pages content. I won't even bother defending myself against this low-rent elite consensus. I will only say that these people (and you know who you are, you soulless creeps) would hold this view regardless of anything that appeared on this blog . . . the nature of their disdain being, from first to last, entirely personal.

But I do know that there are a few of you who do appreciate this blog for what it is, and it is to you that I'm addressing the following question: What should be done here: Should the plug be pulled entirely? Should I move it in another direction; and, if so, what might that be? Should I take on more Team Gunslinger members? Should I just get out of the blogosphere . . . where, in the opinion of many, I am most decidedly unwelcome . . . for good? Should I just leave the blog here to rot, as a symbol of its ultimate failure to realize whatever potential it might have had. In other words, I'm hoping to start a dialogue with those who actually get what we've been doing here for the last seven years.

I invite your input . . . starting . . . now!

145 comments :

Andy James said...

I'm not qualified to say anything except that I've enjoyed this blog and recommended it. A good photo editor is hard to find and so is a good photo, and I found both here all the time. But for the rest – I'm out of my depth. Sorry.

Art Rock said...

Another constant follower here - please don't give up on the blog. If you are looking for a team of new blood, I'd be willing to join (but only for posts once in a while - so as part of a larger team). Since 2006 I run a blog Art for Art's Sake which has some subjects that would fit here as well, I guess.

Evan said...

to follow up what andy has said, this website continuously leaves me in awe and is one of the few blogs which I regularly check. I hope you have the inspiration to continue, for there are still those who appreciate it.


Evan

Bill Crider said...

I've been following the blog for years (it's on my google reader feed), and I like it just as it is (or was). Would hate to see it go.

Vergilio said...

I subscribe almost everything said by Andy. But I've an answer to your questions: If you could you must take on more Team Gunslinger members to help you carrying on the excellent blog.

Regards.

Vergilio

TLRHB said...

Tom, as you know, I've started and stopped more than anybody. I get where you're at. Don't kill the blog, because of its rich archives. But take a break for as long as you need, then come back and do it again when you're ready. It sounds like you just need to get off the Internet for awhile. I've been there. This is not real life. Go enjoy yourself.

diego cumplido said...

It's been a wonderful blog. I've also enjoyed it for years. Whatever it happens to it, thanks for sharing all these great pictures!

estiv said...

I second what TLRHB says. Instead of meaning to post but not doing so, try taking a formal break, say ninety days. Put up a post saying so. Then see how you feel at that point about continuing.
I've read that the reason some touring musicians (Frank Sinatra and Joe Jackson, to name two) will announce that they're retiring and then be back in a year or so is because they're sincerely exhausted, but eventually realize they miss doing it. You've shared some of what's happened in your life -- it's a lot. You have good reason to pull back from this blog. But a final shutdown right now may be something you regret. I'd say take a real break instead.

AlgernonBlack said...

I only found this blog about 12 months ago and look at it everyday.
It is lively, informative and good fun. I would ask you to consider keeping going as I and others I know, have been highly entertained by your efforts. You have the talent but I accept you may not always have the time so yes, get more help, new faces can bring new ideas and thus take the blog into
a brighter and better future.

Please don't give up.

Regards,

Algy.

Arthur Gilroy said...

Tom...

Don't suffer. Whatever you do, don't suffer. Tired of the deal? Stop. (DUH!!!) I come here regularly and I'll miss the site if you close the thing, but if it's "Enough already!!!" then that's what it is.

It's not like there are no other options on the internet for those of us who have enjoyed your posts...

Be well...it's the best revenge of all because it eliminates the need for revenge.

Bet on it.

AG

Larry K said...

I'd echo much of what TLRHB said. This is a rich site and the result of much love and labor. If you need a break take it. Come back when you're ready or don't and decide to change things up or not. But don't pull the plug on the site.

adrien said...

My advice:

- Don't worry about ups and downs and slow periods – I can only hope that you're doing this for the love of doing it, and part of that means slow periods. As a reader, I'll accept the slow periods, Gunslinger is in my feeds, and I'll see new stuff whenever it shows up.

I run an art space with a group, and we don't worry about down time, we show the work we want to show and it wouldn't make sense to do it if we weren't motivated by the love of doing it. We're only under pressure to keep our eyes open for the things we like, and to follow up with the leg work on organizing shows we love.

- Bringing in new people can help tremendously – we just grew from 6 members to 11, and the new blood is tremendously helpful – and it even motivates the original 5 to work harder than before. It also means new viewpoints and ideas: bad with the good, we don't always work on the same wavelength or completely appreciate the other's ideas, but that's part of trust and confidence within a team.

ido said...

Please don't shut down this blog entirely. The archives are rich and deep. I've only scratched their surface, and I'm a long time reader. I'll echo the above sentiments in that you should take a break if you need it. This blog is an amazing resource and serious feat of editorial skill. Good luck with everything.

rivets said...

One of my most favourite weblogs. Please do not stop. It is perfect as it is. The only change I would want is that you change "was a gunslinger" to "were a gunslinger". That has bugged me for year's.

Oh and, please, a Chet Baker photo series.

infinite fool said...

First, anyone who takes it upon him(or her)self to decide who is or is not welcome in the "blogosphere" should go sit on a snowcone.

You will always be welcome on my computer screen, with this blog or any other project. I, for one, love this place and would be very sad to see it go, but that's the nature of the interweb. I've even referred students here from time to time when it seemed like the right resource for a current project.

Do what's right for you, not everyone else, but be sure to check in over at my place from time to time.

P.S. Please don't change the "was" to "were"; Mingus references are rare enough without screwing them up in the name of grammar.

Ryland Walker Knight said...

Please leave the archives, yes, but don't feel pressured to keep it up if it's just a drag. My blogging certainly has slowed and I feel better about it. Some of me wishes I could keep it up more, but I also don't see much return on it any more. For me, it's definitely a spur of the moment, I have three hours, lemme just do _something_ with my notebooks' scribbles. Which is why I started that tumblr; it's way easier to just do whatever in that format. The blogspot renovation, too, is a little dispiriting/confusing. So, as we're all saying it seems, follow your heart! Cliches about finding pleasure and living with passion make sense for a reason!

Also, who the hell doesn't like this blog? It's one of the reasons I started my own in the first place.

Tod Brody said...

Tom, I'll add my vote of confidence to the others: I've enjoyed the images you've found, your unique classification system, and often, the lively commentary they've engendered. I'd miss it if it were gone. Definitely not worth ruining your life over, but you've enriched my world, and I've often shared with others what you've found for me. Many thanks for that, whatever your future brings.

Lally said...

I second the idea of a break as well as adding others to help. I check here every day and know others I've turned on to it who do, (a good friend who's an elevator repairman in NYC called the other day to ask, among other things, if I knew what happened to "Gunslinger"—to which I had no answer at the time), all of us would miss it, but many of us came late to it. Which makes me wish for this: I'm kind of technodyslexic but seems to me blogs should have a default position that starts them back up from the beginning of their archives so bloggers can take breaks and still have daily posts that will be fresh to newcomers and refreshing to those who haven't seen them in years.

Tim said...

I have enjoyed this immensely, and many others to whom I've introduced have also.

On the other hand, I think that blogging should never be compulsory, and the only people who should be doing it are the ones who can't not do it. For selfish reasons, I hope the urge becomes, once again, irresistible.

joobie said...

this is one of the most interesting (and consistently!)blogs i have ever read. i am happy for having discovered it and enjoyed it over the past two years, or however long it has been since i discovered it.

whatever is allegedly 'bigger and better' i want no part of.

Wilgefortis said...

No te vayas! pero si seguir te hace desgraciado, prometo que echaré de menos toda esta belleza sin lástima.

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Vanwall said...

Tom, as you know, I've always been a big supporter of this sight and recommend it all the time. I also realize what an incredible amount of work it involves, and how much of your life and heart you and your team have to allot to it, and it has always amazed me that you are consistently inventive, clever and enjoyable. That said, it's your choice, and even just leaving it as a resource is a gift to everyone else. Do what you need to do, I can't advise you any better, but thanks for all the great memories from here, regardless.

Peter Nellhaus said...

My own thought is that a new gang of gunslingers should be recruited from those who volunteer. Also, a way for others to contribute the occasional screengrab that might fit in with some of the established themes, such as frame within the frame.

For myself, not so much energy, but sheer will.

Anne Richardson said...

Are there any other photo/pop culture blogs in the same league as the Gunslinger?

Isn't this the blog which invented the Tumblr format?

Taylor said...

I subscribe via Google Reader and read and enjoy each of your posts (and regularly share them via Google Reader) for what they are (interesting and well done). I have no knowledge or insight into the blogosphere referenced in your post and would just note that there are readers out there who simply read and view and enjoy your posts for what they are (and could care less about your critics, whoever they are). Thanks for taking the time!

BR said...

3,868,435 Visitors must find some value here. A pox on the mindless critics.

cjc15153 said...

Well since you asked... I enjoy visiting so I want you to continue.

But your lack of inspiration indicates that you aren't that excited by the thoughts that initially animated the Gunslinger's Guide- or that you aren't excited by expressing those thoughts.

Either way, you should not feel bound to produce the same vintage every year of your life. The Gunslinger's Guide is a brand. Tsutpen is not.

Do what you like. I'm sure it will be interesting.

Mon-sewer Paul Regret said...

I thought I'd have something original to say, but I find others have already eloquently stated my own thoughts. I read the blog via Google Reader, so perhaps I'm not counted in visitor stats. People who use Reader know that for every post you read, you skip a dozen. I never skip anything from your blog.

I have had my own personal blog for almost nine years, so I am very aware of the potential for burnout. I can't advise you in that regard, because it's a personal decision. But whatever you decide, I hope you keep the archives alive, because they are invaluable.

As long as there is a Gunslinger, I'm a reader.

Brent McKee said...

Tom, as I've said elsewhere there has never been an image that you've posted that I didn't find interesting and thought provoking.

What I haven't said elsewhere is that I know how easy it can be to burn out even when you are doing something that you love (boy do I know!) so if the best way for you to recharge the batteries and revive the interest, or work out a different direction for the blog is for you to take some time off then do it. If the best way to do that is for you to take a more supervisory role in the blog with other posters doing what amounts to the "grunt" work while you adjust your focus or reignite your passion for blogging then that's fine as well.

What I can say without fear of contradiction is that you are welcome on MY computer screen in whatever format you choose, and you have been since the days on the Usenet newsgroups. I may not always agree with you, but I agree with those who find your presence "unwelcome" not at all.

Lex10 said...

.........................!
yeah - more submitters - *wink!

sherry k said...

Whatever you decide, and it has to be your choice, I would like to thank you for all the effort to date.
I have been both entertained and educated,things that are all too often,mutually exclusive.
Your work here shows a lot of talent and passion for photographic art.
What I like best about the gunslinger is the way your humane and sensitive presentation sort of shields the often harshly exposed subjects,as if from their would be critics.That is unique to you.
I bet some of them would wish they could do that for you.
Good luck and Happy Landings, internet pal. I'm glad I got a chance to thank you.I hope to see more of your work.
Sherry Krol
Sherry Krol.

Geezernerd said...

Tom; All I can say is that every, and I mean EVERY, morning, I check this site. And I'm only disappointed when there isn't s new posting. I know that is selfish; I want more and more and don't or can't donate to the pool. But what you have done is incredibly important and I don't want it to stop. It is unique; it is irreplaceable. Sorry if I don't make understanding noises about you needing to take a break. I just want to tell you seriously how wonderful your efforts really are and have been. Many, many thanks for every bit of it.

Geezernerd said...

Tom; All I can say is that every, and I mean EVERY, morning, I check this site. And I'm only disappointed when there isn't s new posting. I know that is selfish; I want more and more and don't or can't donate to the pool. But what you have done is incredibly important and I don't want it to stop. It is unique; it is irreplaceable. Sorry if I don't make understanding noises about you needing to take a break. I just want to tell you seriously how wonderful your efforts really are and have been. Many, many thanks for every bit of it.

Some Other Guy said...

I think this is such a great blog. It's in my blogroll. I also linked some items on FB, always giving you proper credit. I hope you continue doing your fine work.

"blogga please!"

KC said...

I love the commenter who complained about the grammar in the title with a sentence that had a punctuation error. Hee hee.

This is a brilliant blog. I've always thought it must be so much work to look for all those images. If it makes you happy, continue to do it. If it makes you unhappy, stop, at least for a good break, if not for good. I'd miss it very much, but there's no point on wasting your time on something that makes you miserable. Please keep the archives up no matter what you do. That is a photo album to be proud of!

dlwilson26 said...

Please don't give up on this blog. It fills a huge hole by providing meaningful popular culture references that continue to resonate with a lot of people. There are very few blogs with such a high caliber.

My suggestion is to redefine your role and throw the blog open to your readers to submit photos. Then just moderate the submissions. That way you keep your hand in, and you can coast until you feel ready to grab the controls again.

Your categories are well thought out and masterful. They provide a solid template for others to follow.

Masha said...

I love this site so much. It has brought me great joy, when I was down. I recognize the sadness in your post. I, too, sometimes feel like I am not making a difference and things are just not worth the effort anymore. Well, there have been times, many of them, when your site has made me smile or made me curious or simply just inspired me to do something with my projects and my life. If you stop, we will forgive you. But we will have lost something very special. Know that your site has touched people and that we. who understand you labor, want you to continue.

leeshlou said...

Count me among those who have been following this blog almost since its inception and who would be sad to see it go. Whatever you decide, I hope you at least leave us the archives. I've loved this blog for years and have probably mentioned it (both online and in my daily, person-to-person life) more than any other blog. Everything posted here is so beautifully curated, and you've led me to new ways of viewing film and images (I can't watch anything now without seeing frames within frames).

I also follow the blog through Google Reader, but I also come here from time to time and just click through the archives. Yours was the first film/image blog I followed. To have to say good-bye to it would be like saying good-bye to any number of print publications I follow and love. Maybe even more devastating, because I never miss a Gunslinger post while I can let several issues of magazines languish.

I hope you stick around. I love the format as it is. Recruit more to Team Gunslinger if that will help. Reinvent if you wish. But please don't leave entirely. I would miss you.

S.P.H. said...

I've entirely enjoyed what your blog has had to offer and I have only been following since about 3 months ago. If I am unhappy at the prospect of your blog being left to rot then I can only imagine how your more veteran fans must be feeling. This blog is a positive force in my life; it's my home page as a matter of fact. It would be a shame for it to be left to collect dust over an uncertainty regarding its importance. It is obviously significant, of that there can be no doubt.

With the best regards,

-Sean

keenast said...

Everytime I visit your blog I feel, how shall I say, magically touched. It's funny how a blog can be so impersonal and personal at the same time.
My advice to you would be to not getting stressed about this blog being 'successful'. It is tremendously successful in my eyes and if there's 2 visitors a month or 20 000 every 5 minutes doesn't mean anything. I hope you keep doing it, it'd be a loss for me if you wouldn't ;-) It's one of the very few spaces I come back again and again...and, talking about it, let me thank you, really thank you for all you did here.

MadHatter said...

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.."

Baden-Joost said...

I have no knowledge of the turmoil described in your post about others in the blogosphere. I come to Gunslinger because it was/is one of the most interesting places to intersect. Movies to watch, books to read, individuals (I don't know) to research, anecdotes to share on subjects I do know - it's really been a wonderful place to visit.

However, as others have posted, there should be no suffering on your part. If you find the blog a chore or something you drag yourself to do, then time off at least, but keep yourself well. There is utterly no reason for letting one's leisure activities add to one's stress level.

As for the critics mentioned in your post, they can pound sand.

Bel said...

Ditto to everyone else who has voiced what a wonderful archive this and that it needs to stay online!

marietta said...

Hi tom,i wrote in deutsch today,
because my engl. is so bad,und ich möchte Dir einiges sagen.und nicht lange suchen,ganz spontan.Ich weiß nicht genau,was geschehen ist,weil ich in engl.nicht alles in einen context bringen kann.ich konnte auch keinen Hinweis entdecken.wo ist das wundervolle block,was mir jeden Morgen eine solche und Überraschung Freude gab.weiter >

wally said...

I can't tell you what to do, but it seems to be a time of change in the world of blogging; you are not the only one (J-Walk, a favorite of mine, ended his blog).
In any event - thank you very much for what you have done. It has been much appreciated.

marietta said...

Wo sind die big pictures die,, fröhlichen,lustigen,dramatischen,traurigen sensationellen und auch
grauenhaften.thanks for posting
the last little story from a little boy(my boy),wat a honor,Tom!Wo ist unser geliebtes Forum ?,die vielen commentare,die große Anerkennung Deines Werkes?Das alles vermisse ich nun schmerzlich.Marietta,vielleicht kommst Du bald wieder,es lohnt sich,Tom wir warten alle.Marietta.

Greg said...

Tom, maybe we should bring more people on to the blog. If five of us have a hard time posting, surely it means some burnout is involved and perhaps, to make it easier, more 'slingers would help out.

I know for myself, I'll start a series and then, five or six posts into it, start wandering to something else. I haven't updated here since July (none of us has much, really) but I came up with a few new series I'd like to keep going, but at a much slower rate than I was updating in the spring.

And I know I've already told you this in private but I'll say again here publicly, this blog has always received praise and admiration from the blogosphere. If there's anyone telling you different, or telling you this blog isn't worthwhile, they're crazy

Stefan Ramstedt said...

Two possible solutions already mentioned:

1. Take a break and come back when you have the inspiration for it.

2. Get more Gunslingers.

Perhaps a mix of these two solutions would be the best... But if you decide to stop posting, please leave the blog online. It's really an amazing archive.

Steve_W said...

I've greatly enjoyed this blog since I found it a several years ago and it's one of my daily stops when web-surfing. I definitely understand the burn-out factor--I know how hard it is to stop doing something that you have enjoyed in the past but for which you have lost inspiration, especially when you feel that others are depending on you to keep it going, but if you're continuing because you feel a sense of responsibility and not because you love it that will just poison the whole thing anyway. I will miss your postings (I already do) but I agree with the others, if you do decide to stop I hope you will leave the archives up.

Tosh said...

Like a wave, the nature of blogs come in and goes out. i never think of blogs in how many people are attracted to it - no, its more of an obsession by its editor, and that is what makes blogs interesting to me. If you feel burned out, leave for awhile but keep everything up. But a blog is like life, it has its great days and not-so-great days. Keep everything up, and continue when you feel like it.
Ciao
Tosh

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

Have no idea who this "(nameless) member of Team Gunslinger" was that is "better affiliated among the brethren" and "could not help but rub it in that they had moved on to bigger and better things, thus making any continued residence in our blogospheric leper colony not only untenable,"

If I cared I'd ask who these "brethen" are and who these mysterious Gunslinger critics might be but frankly I really don't give a damn. At age 16 I stopped caring about my reputation and started living for myself. It's the only way I've remained sane. But I digress...

Speaking for myself, like Greg I haven't posted here much since early summer but since you follow me on Facebook you probably realize that's about the time I had to get some serious dental surgery done, followed by a car accident, etc. and I've been working a lot because I've got bills to pay so I haven't had a lot of free time. My own blog suffers from neglect as well.

I think asking if a few more people are interested in contributing is a great idea. If you do decide to close up shop I don't see any need to delete the blog & the archives. That just seems pointless to me.

Frank Black said...

Keep it going, man, it's an inspiration.

rose said...

When real life is demanding and drains blogging of the necessary enthousiasm, taking a break and waiting for new inspiration/motivation/collaboration to happen is probably the best thing. then you'll see what's best – keeping this up or starting something new.
please, just don't delete the archives, this is such a brilliant cultural iconography source. I'll keep it in my Google Reader, just in case!
wishing you all the best, your Italian follower R.

Steven Augustine said...

1. "The only change I would want is that you change 'was a gunslinger' to 'were a gunslinger'."

It's a direct reference to something someone marvelous once said, friend.

2. Great site. Never give in, up, out or even one damn... just keep at it.

woid said...

ICPWAGTBAWLODC (as I like to call you for short) is one of my all-time favorite spots on the web. You've been in my news feed for a while, and it's always a pleasure when a bunch of new posts appear.

So please, please, please don't go!

Take a break, sure. Then see how you feel. Reinvigorate the site with new posters (I volunteer!). But by all means, don't pull the plug.

Just recently, I passed along a post of yours — inducting Joe Sarno into the Hall of Fame — which quickly reached Joe's son. I saw him in New York, and he enthused about how wonderful it was. He's not the only person you've made happy, there are many, many more. Stick around.

herd.kill.sheep said...

just keep swimming

Trish said...

My input?

Keep it going. And take a break whenever you damn well feel like it. Go for a wander.

Maybe solicit and line up a pile of guest posters like you did way back when?

If it were to end, it'd be nice to see it ultimately pass to the finite point through a series of photos.

Trish

p.s. hey swac!

Murdercycles said...

Whatever happens I would just like to thank you and your crew for an interesting blog.
It explained parts of the world that I was unfamiliar with and I have learned many things from visiting here.
Running a blog isn't always easy, especially when life's realities get in the way.
If you are no longer having fun doing it, take a break. It is supposed to be enjoyable, afterall.
Ray Luce
Manchester, CT

mindusq said...

I love this blog

Sonja said...

Please, DON'T GO.

Regards

chris said...

Love this blog; would make me real sad to see it go!

Tjoeks said...

I live in a tiny coastal village in South Africa & have been following your blog for years, lately by means of Google reader. It brings me a great deal of joy and stimulation and I would be very sad to see it go. I often spend a whole morning on the archives for the sheer enjoyment of it. For these selfish reasons I implore you to consider keeping it on. The very best of luck to you, whatever you decide, and my heartfelt thanks for many hours of pleasure. Best wishes, Tjoeks

MichaelRyerson said...

I can only second what's been said to this point. This is a wonderful resource, enormously entertaining and I would miss it if it were gone but...BUT this is not real life and regardless whatever your detractors may say, your gift for selection and comment shows through everyday you put something up. I can't think of any real changes you might make except to perhaps accentuate the series offerings, say go with an individual or event for a few days and stay pretty commited to that single topic for a short period. That said, I find your eclectic sense of what should and what should not appear part of the charm. You've done a good thing here, produced one of the truly iconic watering holes in the webverse desert and have many devoted followers. We would hate to see this come to an end but only you know if that is in the cards. Sending best wishes and good karma your way. Oh, and screw the naysayers.

mister muleboy said...

Tom --

as someone who has loved everything here, and who shares the sensibility of this site -- I sure do hope it continues. As someone who has published a blog [very loosely] like yours for over five years, with nothing resembling (nor wanting) the success and visit o' the Gunslinger, I understand, if not share) your burnout and sense of. . . I don't know, futility?

Don't give in to that sense -- it's wrong. This site is something special, and is the source of constant pleasure to many, many folks who never comment to you, but do to me.

I urge you to take a break from it, or add members, or go out and hire a hooker. These things worked for JFK; why not you?

And I hope that you can occasionally get serenity from my favourite source: an understanding that it is all futile. All of it; nothing we do here matters. The King o' the Franks eighty years after Charlemagne -- know who he was? Care? He was the kick-assingest dude in all o' Western Europe, and you don't even know who he was. Shakespeare? Wait'll the sun melts and the cockroaches still infesting earth disappear -- Shakespeare'll be a goner.


Um, maybe this post didn't go where it was supposed to. So let me express:

(1) have the best, happiest, healthiest goddamned life you can; and
(2) publish more Gunslinger if that fits into #1.

chainedandperfumed said...

Ditto Anne Richardson who said...

"Isn't this the blog which invented the Tumblr format?"

There seem to be 100s of blogs that shamelessly rip off this blog's format. My own is perhaps the most obvious example.

Also I can kick in posts if you need help getting this thing back on its feet.

Don't delete the archives. No one seems to want that.

Ogden Frost said...

End any blog but this one.

Kent Morgan said...

I checked this site every day for years and almost every time I was surprised by the content. It amazed me how you found so much that interested me. I guess I feel like the other posters who tell you to do what is best for yourself. If that is stop posting, I want to say thank you. I do hope, however, that you either find more gunslingers or take a break and come back when you are ready. And please leave the archives up so I can at least check out the guide to Natalie Wood

cammac725 said...

I just started following Gunslinger a few months ago and every day I was treated to amazing photos. I would love to see it continue. I also await what it may morph into!

noir whaler said...

Don't give up the fight. There are many gunslingers willing to step in beside you.

Warhol Superstar said...

Hello, Tom:

I've been following this blog for quite a while now, & I must say that it's still my all-time favorite. I usually stop by daily - if not every other day. It means a lot to me. So much time & effort has been put into it over the years; it would be a damned shame to see it just waste away. If you need to take a sabbatical, we'll all understand, I'm sure. And if you're looking for additional Gunslingers, I'd be happy to help.

Thanks, Tom - Erica

Bill said...

I come every day. This place always makes me happy.

Readership comes and goes-- don't do it for that. Do it because it makes you as happy doing it as it makes your readers happy reading it, however many there are.

Greg Strange said...

Don't quit. The world needs inspiration no matter the age or the number of detractors. Don't send it in a new direction. Do you realize how few blogs cause readers to gasp out loud even once, much less at least once a week? Don't give up, don't let the little belitters win and stop something bigger than they can imagine themselves being. You and your team have done something grand and wonderful and valuable. You make us long for nostalgia, look forward to tomorrow and wonder what might have been and what could be. Don't. quit. ever.

All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing. To that end, I'd love to be a help to Team Gunslinger whether it gets bigger or smaller. I wouldn't say a new direction but maybe one or two long form pieces a week or a month that gets at the background and the impact of the content of this blog.

I look forward to your exuberant blog post this time next year and the good laugh we will all have at how silly we were to think that we might close up this little Digital Shop of Wonders.

Surreality said...

Recently, I was talking to a friend about this blog. The words popped up before I had the chance to think about it: the best blog on the whole wide world.
Thank you very much for this amazing experience. And, please, no matter what you decide, don't take it down.

©Occupied Country said...

Keep calm and carry on. I LOVE this place.

shrineodreams said...

I enjoy this blog; I check it every day and am disappointed when there isn't a new post. I don't know about people wanting you out of blogging. "Many" want you out of the blogosphere? Everything you've said just sounds like the petty backbiting that accompanies most human enterprise and, if it's getting to you, maybe you should take time off. Leave the blog up, turn it over to a sub-editor if you want, or just post a notice that you'll be away for a while. But don't toss the blog because of comments by assholes (who probably envy your accomplishment.)

Korte said...

Hello,
I'm working on an article for The Huffington Post on this blog. Is there an email address where I can reach you for comment?
Thanks,
Travis
travis.korte@huffingtonpost.com

Mink Pond said...

First and foremost Tom I have been a big fan for a long time and have noticed the sudden "malaise" that has taken over. This blog has been dead for a long time. For whatever the reasons are which are none of my business nor do I care..pull the plug. I hate to see this "thing that I used to look forward to when I got up in the morning and look at" turn into what it is now, which I feel sorry for the people who are just turning on to this. Make a coffee table book. For whatever reasons I wish you well in making the right decisions...it's what us grown-ups are good at.

thkbeercan said...

I enjoy your blog and hope you can get through this temporary malaise and continue. If you need to alter it in some way, so be it...this is your venture/adventure. But be aware that for every person who writes encouragement, there are many more who feel the same way, but do not write. Things change, people adapt. Storms pass. Keep up the good work!

Will Divide said...

You can do what you want, but let me add my voice to the chorus of "Baby, Please Don't Go".

(Wait . . . I don't think "Baby, Please Don't Go" has a chorus.)

Well, you get the idea.

MichaelRyerson said...

"This blog has been dead for a long time. For whatever the reasons are which are none of my business nor do I care..pull the plug." Hmmmm, seems as though we have a twit sighting. Could this be one of the obtuse individuals who thinks they are qualified to naysay this blog?? Seems likely to me, minkpond is one of the backstory detractors. We've all seen blogs (sometimes our own blogs) go into hibernation for whatever reason, 'been dead a long time' seems to be a bit of projection. '...nor do I care'? Then why post a comment? You got more important things to do? Then go do them.

John said...

Tom:
This and Shorpy are the only two blogs I check religiously every morning. Always entertaining, always fresh, always thought-provoking. Whatever the source of your current difficulties, please know that this addition to the web has been a resounding success. I hope you can see your way through to keeping it alive. Best wishes.
John

beh said...

I'll echo the comments above - this is one of my favorite blogs of all time. I haven't been following since the beginning, but I have been (like others, via Google Reader) ever since I first discovered it. I've pored through the archives. I've downloaded all the old Christmas playlists I could find. I've recommended it to friends. Unlike so many blogs - so full of bile, so overdetermined, so wordy - there's a stillness, excitement, and positivity to Gunslinger that has kept me following, long after I've abandoned reading other blogs.

So, I'd say: don't quit because people have insulted you. If you want to postpone (even indefinitely) because the fire is gone, that's something we can all understand. If you want to change directions, you have supportive readers here that will continue to follow you (and in readers, remember that it's quality not quantity that counts - you aren't trying to be TMZ). If you want more team members, I'd be happy to volunteer. Just don't let the haters get you down - there's nothing about Gunslinger that isn't awesome.

Fred said...

Another fan of the work you and the other Gunslingers have done. If you feel the need to take a creative break, I'll be here when you get back. Thanks for the thought-provoking past, and looking forward to the future.

V said...

Please stay! You have some truly inspiring images in here. I've been following through Google Reader for the last couple of years and it never crossed my mind ti unssubscribe the feed. All the best, anyway!

Bob said...

Just cut the crap - too many words in the explanation - we love your blog - stop and we'll forget. It's up to you, not us. Do you want today's youth to forget the past, or disregard proper art forms? Then stop. Is it up to you? Yes. Do we support you? Yes. Will this make you rich? No. Does anything we do that we give a shit about serve us in the end? No. What else will you do with your time that promotes your soul? Nothing.

John Smith said...

I always recommend this blog...and I am damned smug about it. If Charlie Parker... is smart and hip. If it were a room and not a blog I'd be coughing my lungs out from the smoke and I'd leave with a pretty woman. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. the pulse of hip eclectic. A state of mind that you don't want to go away. I am sorry to hear about the drop in traffic. I try my best. I visit every day. Good luck, Tom.

Eve said...

This is a wonderful blog, an aesthetic oasis on the Internet, that I would truly miss.

pd said...

This web-site is CRUCIAL - please don't give it up! Many, many of us absolutely get what you're doing - you are a much-needed light-house on the turbulent horizon of this crazy era we're all trying to navigate through. Don't cave to or be distracted by meanness or snobbery, cineastic or other-wise - that's not what you're about. It's way beneath you, beneath anything constructive or human(e) - a fly-speck on the much broader canvas you are compassionately and bemusedly painting here!

pd said...

...and hell, yes - hire more Team Gun-slingers!

wo said...

This website's feed is at the top of my feed reader.

That should say enough, but I have to add that I have got to know so many interesting people, films and places I'd otherwise never had heard of.

Please keep going, whatever it takes!

plainwater said...

I love this site. Whatever you do, don't take it down! I have it bookmarked, and will definitely continue to revisit favorite posts (and recommend favorite posts in emails to friends) for a long time to come.

Chip Hilton said...

Take a break if you feel you should.

Leave the site up and running, if you can.

Return when you're ready and refreshed and inspired.

Like many, I will continue to check in on a daily basis. Just imagine have cool it'll be for us if the day comes that we come here and see some of those glorious images.

Now, if the inspiration never comes, that's okay. You will have left us images and ideas to cherish.

Thanks, Tom.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Tom, I know money doesn't talk it swears, but i wish you'd reconsider your decision not to maintain a tip jar on this always amazing site. You've nearly 2,000 members & more than a few of us would actually appreciate the chance to vote with a couple bucks every month. I hit other tip jars all the time, but here i can't give my 2 bucks away.

CK MacLeod said...

Great blog, goes without saying. Could echo a lot of the comments above, but what I want to say instead is that I understand why the effort may seem less meaningful, exhausted. It's a question of time, a question that the blog itself continually asks. The set of interrelated and contradictory questions of time seem to be pressing on you from different directions. So maybe it seems you've been at it for years, yet you're in a sense merely re-crossing the same territory - the difference between what you add (or don't) today and what you add (or don't) tomorrow tending to diminish progressively, approach null. Another way of saying the same thing: Within the concept of the blog as it comes across to a regular visitor, it's hard to see why the material presented in 2009 couldn't have been posted in 2011, and vice versa. On the other hand, though a user might go through the archives, the blog as form emphasizes the unique, recurring present moment. So, today's photo of some so-and-so somehow ought to matter today, but, as far as the user and perhaps you can tell, it's only because today you happened to post it. Considering the blog's interest in and relationship to time past, it results in a very peculiar cognitive disjunction, a constant restoration and re-consideration of past meaningful images and ideas that immediately disappears into a re-experienced extinction of those meanings. Apparently, there's some higher concept, related to some "potential," that I confess even as a fan I've never understood, or seen stated explicitly. What I'm reading now suggests a kind of nostalgia transferred from the typical subjects of the blog to the blog itself, and an uncertainty about how to do for the blog what you've done for all of those wonderful subjects you've shared with us. Meanwhile, the sheer weight of all past posts almost seems to trivialize each new resurrection, and retroactively minimize, or expose as deficient, all of the past ones. It's a magnified version of the "tired of blogging" syndrome that the vast majority of bloggers hit within a few months. But it is not necessarily an unsalvageable predicament. I don't know whether you have the will, interest, desire to undergo a creative re-birth, re-conceive the blog in relationship to this present moment, not to forget what you've already done, or to destroy it, but create a new life for it. What the commenter above said about having a page 1 link gets at the same notion: The blog (both your blog and from a certain perspective the blog as form) is aesthetically done in this format, completed. It's now just a big illustrated book on the internet, a static whole that, if updated, is updated under the law of diminishing returns. It's no longer a discovery. It seems to need, or you seem to feel the need, for a new concept as appropriate to this new moment in late 2011 as the blog was when it was originated in relation to its moment - perhaps in the form of a truly contemporary and forward-looking, more fully dimensionalized design, perhaps a new content or way of organizing and interpreting the same themes and experiences, perhaps a more easily graspable and directly engaging critical or philosophical content. If for whatever reason you choose not to undertake this project, that's nothing to be ashamed about, and you still deserve great credit and gratitude for what you've shared so far. Good luck whatever you end up doing!

amateursguidetofilm said...

Never Give Up, Never Surrender.

Mike said...

Guys, it has been brilliant.
But I would suggest that rather than struggle on and loose the quality we have been used to, you are best to quit while your image shine.
I have really enjoyed journeying with you, and wish you well for whatever God brings your way next.

Mike Southall
Harare, Zimbabwe

ilovetrash said...

this is one of the best blogs around.
it always has been.

if i can think of something more, i will let you know.
i just wanted to throw in some more moral support.

ilovetrash said...

ps.
i'd be glad to kick in posts too.
i think a lot of people would be.
yr blog is truly worth salvaging.
among all the stuff that isnt but that will stay here forever,
why let something this good go?

Victor said...

Of the websites that are in my daily list, Gunslinger is probably my favourite. I have had tons of enjoyment out of it, and I have saved a large number of photos. This was my daily (or almost daily) source of wonder and surprise.

The long periods of inaction make it clear that it's becoming a routine to you and the fun is out of it. If you can't find reliable co-contributors, go ahead and pull the plug. You've had a great run and I will long remember this blog fondly.

Tom Sutpen said...

Victor:

I thank you for that, but I can't have it be said that my collaborators here have ever been unreliable. This blog literally would not have existed for as long as it has had it not been for their contributions. In fact, what I wrote in this post about one of them has turned out to be horribly untrue . . . and it's my full intention to make such amends as I can in due course.

A general note to everyone, whose comments have, let us say, had their impact (a hundred-fold, if the truth be known). I don't have words to describe what they've meant to me (I genuinely did think that this blog was widely disdained, and now I know that it is not). I only have actions, which are now being contemplated actively. It will take me a while to get it together, but this enterprise, in one form or another, will continue.

I'll have more to say on what I'm planning on Monday . . . which, perhaps coincidentally, marks the beginning of this blog's eighth year in operation.

MichaelRyerson said...

Thank you, Tom, I'll have a better week end having read that. I look forward to your Monday post and happy eighth anniversary. May we all be having a laugh about this kerfuffle a decade hence. (Oh man, I just used 'hence' in a sentence!)

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I cannot explain to you the reason I love this site so much. There are no words. I hope you stick around, Tom

Sincerely,

Tom Degan

Ms.Zebra said...

It's hard to give you the answer you're looking for, especially without knowing the details that led you here, but just know that I am yet another of your (obviously) large and supportive fan base, and would be saddened by the loss of this blog. As others have suggested: perhaps a decent break would help put things in perspective, and/or a taking on of more members to help out (of which I would gladly volunteer). I hope everything works out.

Steve Kostelecky said...

I know that I have regularly checked your blog and shared its images very many times over the years. I cannot provide inspiration--however I can add my name to those who encourage you to keep up the blog as it is; I think it is you who provide inspiration for your followers. Having said this, I express my thanks for the years of fine work you have provided and if you decide to let the blog die it will be sorely missed but it is up to you to decide how you want to proceed.
Best,
Steve Kostelecky

Mike said...

As so many others have said, I love this blog and check it every day that I have access to the internet. My son, who is one of your many Facebook friends, told me about it some 3 or so years ago, and it's absolutely wonderful.

Still if has come to the point where you feel that continuing it is a "have to" rather than a "want to," maybe you can take some time off to decide its ultimate fate. Whatever you do decide, please don't delete this blog entirely -- the archives will continue to provide years of pleasure.

Stacy said...

I teach literature and film to teenagers. I have found inspiration, refreshment and rejuvenation through the images and ideas you post on this site. Thank you!

SacBill said...

I, too, have enjoyed the blog immensely and how it exposes me to images (and personalities!) that I would have never known about. At the very least, it is worthwhile for the archives. As far as being a contributor, I'd be happy to offer my services, if of value. Thanks for what you've accomplished to date.

Audre said...

You're a brilliant photo editor, and this blog has been one of my all-time favorites for quite a while. Thank you to you and your team for all of it. If you decide it's time to move on (and all your devoted readers do understand that when it's time, it's time), please leave the archives up, as they're truly remarkable, and there's a lot of them that I've yet to comb through myself still. The thought of this blog no longer existing (not even in archive form at the very least) almost makes me want to cry!

Steve Mitchell said...

I've followed you from the start. I always thought that you inspiration was limitless. There was always something fresh, some new stories to be told. I will be sad to see you go.

Mike H. said...

I found this diamond while looking for photos of Lyndon Johnson with long hair, of all people. I have learned so much and visit here to escape a world with not enough beauty in it. Thank you, Tom, for all that you have done. Here's to 80 more years of the Gunslinger!

johncarvill said...

Don't give up. Don't let the bastards grind you down. Your blog is truly valuable, and that's pretty rare. Love the stuff you post, have recommended yur site far and wide. Take a tip from McClintic Sphere: "Keep cool, but care."

Joe Thompson said...

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and images you have shared with us. Don't do it unless you continue to enjoy it. Take some time off. Come back now and then to let us know how you are doing. Don't make a decision until you feel better. If you need more collaborators, permanent or temporary, many of us would be willing to step forward.

Epaphroditus Bainton said...

This blog is damned fine. Whether it keeps up daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, it's always worth a visit - because the images are thoughtfully chosen, rare, and yes, enlightening.

This site proves the platitudes about pictures and thousands of words. I can only imagine the work it takes to keep this blog going. But I respect the work, and sure hope it doesn't go away completely.

David said...

I cant ask you to not give up. Maybe a tumblr is more yopur thing? I dont know, but Ive been looking forward to coming to Gunslinger for the past few years, and while Id hate to see it go dormant, I understand completely when real life becomes more important than blog updates. Best of luck with all your future endeavors.

Darrin Griggs said...

I've been following this blog, checking in at least once a week and sometimes more, for years. My ritual at the end of every working week has been that I save it for last, among a long list of blogs. I have never thought very much about the site's intention because I just enjoyed it naturally, without any sort of justification for its purpose that I needed to work out. What I mean is, Why wouldn't I enjoy this blog is never a question that crossed my mind. All the images are striking in some way but what I like most is seeing a new photo about a person or thing I either know little or nothing about. So in that way, I begin searching for answers and explanations --- and Gunslinger is just the starting point for a longer process of discovery on some subject. On the other hand, even a image of someone I know a lot about will prompt me to try to find out more. So for me, Gunslinger has been a door that I've been walking through every week for what, two years? Do what you like but I will miss that door if you close it forever.

David Lublin said...

This has been one of my favorite blogs for years.

I would love to see a curated collection as a hardcover book. If there was a kickstarter for such a project I'd be ready to donate in a second.

And since I've never gotten around to saying it before, thank you Tom and everyone else for your amazing work.

h said...

i love this blog. i would be annoyed entirely if it were to cease for any other reason than you were fine with it ending.

i have experienced delight because of this blog. which means "thank you".

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

Apparently no one else will say it so I will. It's just a fuckin blog, dude! Either shit or get off the pot, jesus......

Tom Sutpen said...

My sentiments exactly . . . or at least partially.

As for your advice, if you scrolled up a bit you'd see another comment from this author, wherein I announce my intention to resume this blog beginning tomorrow (which marks its 7th anniversary).

I'm anticipating making some substantial changes . . . more in the realm of expanding the scope of our content than shriveling it . . . but those changes will be gradual.

Tom Sutpen said...

Oh, one last thing:

While I may agree with you in principle that this is 'just a fuckin' blog,' it would seem that quite a number of our visitors . . . far more than I, in my most wanton indulgences of ego, would have imagined . . . take an opposite view. I have every intention of respecting that from here on in. Other words, whatever you or I might think of it, I'm not going to let this blog fall victim to my own self-loathing.

Sorry, old chap.

Vanwall said...

Thanks in advance, Tom, for giving it a continuance - it's something of value, something that isn't like the chaff so many places on the Web become. There ain't no place like it.

squalor said...

Don't be afraid to do it wrong.

Major Pepperidge said...

I enjoy this blog A LOT!

shahn said...

Oh Tom, I love ya and sincerely hope I never end up on your bad side.

I have a different suggestion. Why don't you try the guest contributor idea again? I had so much fun sending in my images. From time to time I find great pics that are a bad fit for my blog. I kept a file of these for a long while hoping you'd run that guest feature again.

djohngo said...

I don't have time to read all this. But let me just say that I'm a huge fan of the blog, and if you were my slave, I would force you to keep doing it. The beatings would continue until morale improved. However, you are not my slave. You aren't even your own slave. All things come to an end. If you aren't getting joy out of this anymore, maybe it's time.

Squawk said...

Tom
I have been a long time lurker of Gunslinger. I love the nostalgia and I would hate to see you quit. However, you sir have to look into your own heart and ask yourself if you are committed. No one can run "your' blog like you can. Oh and a vacation from the blog? Won't work. Once you walk away, for some reason the "flow" never returns.

My team and I killed our popular local blog a year ago. We had quite a following for about 6 years. Why did we kill it? Each of us got real lives to deal with and frankly our collective heart was no longer into the daily due. Some of us tried to keep the thing up but the quantity and quality of the submissions went down. New folks we brought on were quality folks but they got tired of carrying the load that the creators left to them. Heh.... dissent amongst the troopies ran rampant. The flavor that made it popular was gone.

I sincerely hope Gunslinger enjoys a long life, but ultimately the heart of the blog must decide what he wants to do. I would hope that you would leave the archives up if you quit. i wish you well in all your endeavors.
Walt

Jon said...

I wish any one of my blogs (or all of them, collectively, for that matter) had 1/10 the entertainment value this blog has. Take a vacation, let us know approximately when to watch for your return, and decide then where it needs to go.

But, for God's sake, leave the archives up if you decide to pull the plug!

655321 said...

I have greatly enjoyed your blog for some time now and would very much hate to see it wither on the vine.
However, if you are no longer deriving enjoyment from it, then why do it? Perhaps a more intermittent schedule (2x / week) would take the stress/obligation out of the equation, yet allow the readers to continue enjoying your amazing finds.
Either way, thank you for making my days a little more in teresting.

pal shazar said...

i still enjoy visiting your blog. i have my own which i do for the mere pleasure of posting what i find beautiful and interesting.

life is not a numbers game. life is an opportunity to serve and smile.

dome said...

Just wanted to add my voice of appreciation--can't think of many other blogs that have remained in my RSS reader as long as this one. Also I agree with the above poster about the guest contributor thing, those were always fun.

ilduce said...

Please please don't pull the plug! I've been following you for several years and learned so much! Sorry if I haven't commented sooner to let you know how much you are appreciated! Even a move in a new or different direction would continue to be enlightening.

Hope everything gets better.

Lisa Barrow said...

Your blog represents a great achievement in locating strands of cultural connection. I enjoy it and hope you'll leave everything up for as long as possible.

But your next step should be whatever will make you happiest. There's no law that says a blog has to continue in perpetuity... though I'm always selfishly wishing my favorites would.

Personally, I've always wondered how you go about finding the images / strands of connection, so if you ever wanted to get more text-y and talk about your process and your passions more directly, I'd definitely be interested. But seriously, do what you like, on the timetable that pleases you, and feel good about this very cool thing that you've created for everyone's benefit.

Tao1776 said...

I really don't know what to say. I've been impressed, from day one of my visits here - and I've been coming by for four years at least! This blog is monumental! To not continue would be like the Mop Tops breaking up for a second time - Please say it ain't so, Tom....

Tom Sutpen said...

Folks, I truly appreciate the last round of comments here . . . but it should be plain to you from the updates posted in the last couple of days . . . as well as an earlier comment I made in this thread . . . that 'Gunslinger' is going forward. I'm not shutting it down; if anything my intentions are to expand it.

I give you my word on that.

mixedmedia said...

well, i'm glad that's settled. pshaw. this blog is an institution.

Bill said...

Don't stop. Glad that you've addressed the lack of new posts. Slap that malaise silly and get back to work. I would hate to lose "If..." from the pantheon of my morning web crawl.

joewalt said...

In short:
Go to Tumblr! Solicit a few new contributors. Let us know the tumblr account.

Stan Denski said...

A unique and wonderful blog, it is the 12,098,877,7263,237th bit of evidence that nothing lasts. Not that great theater, that great bar, that great restaurant, that perfect ham sandwich, that beautiful sand mandala.... I am not a Buddhist (though that does strike me as a lovely title for a blog) but I don't think one has to be to appreciate the relationship between suffering and attachment. Some things are more than worth the suffering, I don't know that Buddhists get that. But our blogs quite possibly are not. You've done a wonderful thing. If you continue it, that would be great. If you don't, it doesn't diminish the pleasure you've given me. Thank you.

joonas n said...

I'm aware of the feeling for the need to change, to do something other than the same old same old on a website or a blog, but please don't fundamentally change or shut down the blog, it is beautiful and awesome as it is. I'm sure nobody'll give you any grief for taking a break if you feel like it.

joonas n said...

Oh yeah, maybe I should've read all the other comments before posting. But just wanted to throw my support out there!

Greg VA said...

This has been on my "favorites" tool bar for some time now. I have been blogging since 2009 and have only myself to fight with, but I do think I understand your plight. Every so often I question why I am doing this. I want to toss it and walk away. I am barely at my first 10k hits and I feel this way. I suppose when you start feeling negative it is on a much grander scale. Glad to hear you will continue on - remember "Time wounds all heels"

funkhundd said...

Hi Tom,

I sincerely hope I'm not too late here. I've enjoyed your blog for a couple of years now and would really hate to see it go. So keep on and ignore those "soulless creeps". Don't let them ruin a thing this good. Woul be kind of stupid, wouldn't it?

Gordon Whiting said...

Tom-
Our recently dispatched 20th Century, and the tsunami of music and film that originated in it, is steadily climbing the ladder of historical recognition as a major cultural epoch...perhaps to land up in serious contention with The Renaissance itself. Your work of inspired discovery and curation, marvelous and full of surprise, is something I treasure. I browse often, send others here. Whatever you choose to do, I must not let the opportunity pass without sending my deepest appreciation for what you have accomplished.

Stephen Price said...

I don't know have you have managed to distill everything that I feel is amazing about life and capture it...wordlessly.

Your site is an ode to these intangibles that connect the heart...the mind...the soul.

Much appreciation.