Oh, hi there. Didn’t notice you lurking. Casey Contrarian, at your service. I see you’ve made yourself at home. That’s good. Me? Why, I’m the proprietor of this establishment. Well, I can understand how you might not know that — I’ve been gone for a spell. Now, if I may beg your indulgence, I’d be happy to tell you why.
First and foremost, I want you to know that I find it in poor form to write about why one hasn’t been writing. It smacks of self-indulgence. But, since that is a quality I have never sought to publicly suppress, I will make the allowance and carry on. So where have I, keeper of The Contrarian flame, been? In a word, busy.
The Contrarian was born some six or seven years ago now, an eternity in blog years. Since those humble beginnings, we’ve transformed this little patch of webistate into something more or less resembling an online magazine, which, I suppose, was always the intent. At one point, we had a stable of regular contributors, all of whom have now dropped off. I suspect the reason for this is my failure to lead by example.
You see, through most periods in The Contrarian’s history, I managed to post at least once a day. Somewhat more recently, life conspired to make that more like once a week. And then once every few weeks. Is it any wonder then, that our motley scribes found no inspiration to craft their pithy updates?
Remarkably, however, though we may have slowed our output, traffic has continued apace. Do you know the shame of seeing thousands of unfulfilled eyeballs each week, knowing that they are doomed to peruse legacy posts? It is a woeful thing, my friends.
But back to my absence. The reason I haven’t been around as much is because I am very busy. Yes, I know, we all are very busy. I also understand the ridiculousness of someone without children saying such a thing. Still, it is point-in-fact. My job has gone into overdrive, and I have speaking engagements all around these United States. I also started teaching a grad school course at Georgetown University, and, as much fun as it is to blab at fresh young minds for nearly three hours at a stretch, it does require a fair amount of preparation. I also make records and run a small label. With all of this activity, I barely have time to take in the two television programs I follow.
I am not saying any of this to brag. I am proud of my accomplishments, but my inner glow is irrelevant to the basic fact that I am struggling to find time to keep this site — however fulfilling — alive and kicking.
But I have decided that we are not going to go quietly into that digital good night. I hereby swear to you, loyal reader and random lurker alike, that I will once again publish at least once per day, regardless of the circumstances in which I find myself. And if we happen to pick up some new writers (or reinvigorate the veterans), even better.
As the fabulous Karen Carpenter once sang, “We’ve only just begun…”