Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An Announcement

We've been through a lot together on the ol' Superblog, haven't we?  It's been a wild ride, and I hope I've been able to provide at least some useful advice while honing my ability to put my thoughts into writing.

This isn't a farewell post, but it is an announcement that I'll be cutting back a bit in the coming months, probably at least until the end of the year.  I recently accepted a position as the Rams reporter for 590 in St. Louis.  

I'd like to say that it feels like the culmination of a long, hard struggle toward self-discovery, and in many ways, it is.  But the truth is, even though I'm really excited for the new job, I can't allow myself to rest on my laurels.  

A journey toward self-actualization is never complete until you draw your final breath on this planet.  You may be able to get damned close before then, but until that singular moment, the "The End" on your life, you have to continue to try to grow and learn personally, and educate others and improve society as a whole.  As best as I can tell, that's the meaning of life, folks--follow that and the Golden Rule and you'll go far in this world; maybe even far enough to ponder the mysteries of the universe and figure out what the real meaning of life is.  

So, my plan is to try to update this site a couple of times a week with different kinds of material.  One post will be on the usual "lifestyle design" bent.  I do want to continue the "Lessons From an Alien" series, and I'll syndicate it over here, too.  Aside from that, I may try a more satirical, Onion-like feature for the third post, though maybe on a less-regular basis.

The point is, the blog is going to change.  You won't have as much to read during the week.  This may ultimately prove to be good, as the quality of the remaining articles should improve.  But recognize that change is neither inherently good or bad--it happens.  This change happens to be pretty good for me, so it would be easy to make the "change is good" generalization, but that's bullshit--sometimes change sucks.  All you can do is try to minimize the effects of the bad changes in your life, while maximizing the number and effects of good changes.  What you can't do is minimize change generally; it's going to happen, one way or another.  But if you see an opportunity that intrigues you, that you are truly passionate about, no matter how much of a longshot you think it is, instead of resisting change and falling back on the status quo, why not try for it next time?  

When I quit my old job in April, I thought there was no way in my wildest dreams that I could have come this far this quickly.  Being a sportswriter/analyst is one of my biggest dreams, and I'm finally going to realize it.  At the same time, I only got the job because I sent in an application to an open call on the front page of the website, thinking that it was a longshot, but hey, "Gretzky, miss 100% of the shots you don't take, blah, blah, blah."  Once I was in the running, all I could do was write the best spec articles possible and make sure that I "left it all out on the field," to borrow a sports term.  And you know what?  It paid off.

So though it's the end of the brief "daily post" era of this blog, it's the dawn of (another) exciting new chapter in my life.

And I feel great.

D.J. Gelner is a writer and entrepreneur in St. Louis, Missouri. You can e-mail him at Follow him on twitter @djgelner. Friend him on facebook here.

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