Yes, We Are Open

Blogging is a weird hobby. You post links that interest you, maybe make a comment or two about it and go about your way. Then one day you wake up and see that somebody has commented on one of your posts. The next day you have another person. The day after that a few more people and so on until you reach a point where you realize you have an actual audience. This can be very scary. Especially if you’re not used to writing to more than one person or to people you have friended on a social network. Every word you write, every link you put up, every typo is under scrutiny. If you’re lucky and can build your audience slowly, you learn to let the criticism roll off you. That’s something that must be unique to this hobby. Stamp collectors don’t get flamed when they buy a shitty stamp.

The flip side and the one I experienced so much more than the criticism is that you have a chance to meet so many wonderful people who would have been impossible to meet if not through this medium. And the chorus of your comments elevated this from a silly hobby to something that I couldn’t do on my own.

When I quit on Thursday, I thought I would be able to walk away without looking back. But two things happened that made me rethink things:

1. Your touching comments and emails that I started receiving right away. I really had no idea how many people were still visiting this site daily and enjoying it. I’ve read every comment that was left and responded to every email. They made a difference. (Hey Google, are you listening? We really fucking like Google Reader!)

2. I STILL HAVE SHIT TO SHARE! I realized this over the past few days when I was going through my RSS feeds and finding stuff I would have usually posted and had nobody to show except Mrs. C and Cynikitty. And both of them objected at being dragged to the computer every time I found a cat picture or a Christian acting snotty.

So, I am happy to announce that this blog is now reopened for all of your linkage pleasure. Feel free to place bets on how long it will be before I close up shop again.

Honestly though, I’m happy to be back.

96 Comments

  1. Can I be first to welcome you back with a reassuring (though entirely metaphorical) man-hug? Congratulations on coming to your senses. If I was more cynical then I’d said this was all just a stunt to find out how much you’d be missed (answer: a lot). However, I’m not yet that cynical so you still have work to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Good to see you back Chris. This has always been my first stop on my blog rounds each day, glad I won’t have to change my routine.

    “Stamp collectors donโ€™t get flamed when they buy a shitty stamp.”
    Love this analogy.

  3. Hooray! Moved CYN-C from the bottom right hand corner of iGoogle (retired blogs, e.g. J-Walk, Hitchens), back to it’s rightful place top left. Will enjoy until November when Google pulls the plug on this as well.

  4. I can’t understand why your cat doesn’t love to read your blog. I’m glad you didn’t end it. I don’t use Google Reader so it’s actually a habit to check your blog every day or so and see if there is anything new today, which I do even to blogs when they say they are ended (or worse! leave without saying anything) for weeks until I get it through my thick head, and then still keep the link favorited and check again in a couple months one day and I’m boredly looking for stuff to read in my unused bookmarks, and say to myself “I wonder if they ever changed their mind and came back” and I still see a top post months or a year old, and then a couple months later when I do the same thing, the link brings me to a page that has vanished off the face of the earth. Then it is like that part at the beginning of Amelie when the old man erases his dead friend’s name from his address book, wistfully.

    That has happened to me a few times and I understand when bloggers need to quit (which is one reason of many I don’t start a blog myself, and believe me, I have had the urge several times to start), but I hate it. See you later.

  5. There must be stamp collecting blogs out there somewhere. I wonder if they really don’t get angry and insulting e-mails. It seems that on the internet, if it exists, someone will get pissed about it. Kind of like the porn rule.

    Glad you’re back! When you said in your update to your leaving post that you might consider coming back, I was thinking of precisely that clip from Godfather.

  6. Shorter retirement than Jay-Z. Welcome back….

    I, too, was devastated by the Google Reader news. Feedly is actually really nice and was the easiest transition from Reader. I only miss Reader for very small, unimportant features at this point. TheOldReader has some potential, but lacks some important organization features.

  7. I’d like to apologise, Chris, for not taking the time to thank you and to wish you all the best when you announced that you were shutting down your blog. “Bugger”, I thought, and, “Well, if he’s not feeling as passionate about it as before that’s cool; I can respect that”.

    I’d also like to say that although I’m not a regular commenter, I’ve been following your blog for years, and that I’ll continue to do so for as long as you feel like continuing. Moreover, I have a couple of hundred RSS feeds and sometimes I’ll let the unread count pile up in some of them, but never yours. As soon as I see you’ve posted new entries, I can’t wait to see what they are.

  8. Welcome back, Chris. For what it’s worth, I know how you feel. I’ve been working my site for about a decade as well, and have often thought of walking away from it – but I know it would just be a repeat of what you’re going through.

    Rorschach said it best: We donโ€™t so this โ€œthingโ€ โ€™cause itโ€™s permitted. We do it because we have to. We do it because weโ€™re compelled.’

  9. Seeing this post this morning put a huge smile on my face.

    Welcome back. Now, if this relationship is going to work, it can’t be because we pressured you back into it. Have you talked it out with your therapist?

  10. When you originally announced you would ‘close’ your blog, I went back and read comments from the “Caption This” series. I laughed so hard, but became all the sadder because I knew the archives was all that was left.

    Really glad to have you back. Much as I enjoy your postings, the comments are often just as valuable.

  11. Glad, really glad, you are back.

    For your amusement on religious matters, I found this comment on my Facebook feed

    “Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the season finale of The Walking Dead is on Easter Sunday?”

  12. Yay!! I was sooo sad when I read that you were quitting…visiting your site is part of my routine to get through another day. I came back today, thinking I would just rummage through old posts. I can’t tell you how glad I am that you’re back!!!!

  13. I am sooooooo glad you decided to continue! Dude, I’v had a link to your page on my hotbar for EVER! I visit and read you several times a day. Thank you for yet another smile.

  14. Hey Chris, long time lurker here. After you announced your retirement, I (like many others, I’m sure) decided to follow you on G+ instead, hoping that you’d still be sharing interesting links there instead, but honestly, I don’t visit Google+ nearly as much as I read my RSS feeds, so it’s really good to hear that you’re back!

  15. yes!!! i’m not sure how long i was going to leave cynical-c in my bookmarks bar despite its closing down. and today i click on it to find this. so glad to see it’s still kicking!

  16. Good on you, Chris. Glad to see you’re back. I happened to click on your blog purely out of habit (did it 15 times in the past two days) and whoa, there were new posts! Sure, I don’t comment a lot, but I enjoy what you do.

  17. Welcome back, Chris! Thank you so much. I clicked because I still have to, and was delighted, to say the least, to find you back in business. I don’t do Google Reader or RSS feeds, and I love your blog.

  18. I go away for the weekend on the other side of the country and you try to shut down one of my all-time favorite blogs in the world? For shame!

    Seriously though, I’m glad you’re still going. I love this site!!!!

  19. I am so glad you’re back!!! I had no idea what I was going to put in my top sites spot – now I know!!! YOU!!! Kitties unite!!!

  20. (sullenly clicks the link to Cynical-C, expecting the same good bye message)

    WHOOPEEE!

    (The above was said entirely without cynicism. I hope this didn’t break a rule.)

  21. Like a month drawn to the flame he can’t keep away!

    Like an alcholic that must have that last drink (over and over).

    Outstanding!

  22. I’ll add my voice to the chorus welcoming you back. I’ve seen a couple cyberfriends abandon excellent blogs over the years because of a burnout which is just as real in this trade as in business or grad school or marriage. You’re the first to get up off the mat and stagger back into the ring. Congratulations, champ.

  23. Chris, I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you back! I felt like I lost a friend when you quit. I love your views, your wit, and your random silliness. I’ve been following you for years and shared your site and links countless times over the years. I still look through your archives to find and share something especially insightful now and again, and it’s nice to see you’re still with us.

  24. Best news I’ve gotten all day! Never mind that I’m have a particularly shitty day, but still. Seriously, I’m glad you’ve reopened shop. Welcome back (would that be to you, or the audience?).

  25. [delurk]

    Chris, I’ve been hitting your blog daily for years now, and while I’ve only commented a couple of times, I’m really happy to learn that you aren’t throwing in the towel just yet!

    [/relurk]

  26. I’m glad you’re back too! I’ve been visiting your blog for years. And although I’m not generally a poster (not the wall hanging type but some one who posts comments) I’ve been motivated on numerous occasions to express my thoughts on a story you’ve shared. And I’d like to thank you. Not only have I been entertained by your blog but more importantly I’ve learned many things and have been motivated to seek out additional details on on stories you’ve shared. So again, I’m glad you’re back.

  27. And to think, I actually avoided this blog for a few days to keep my heart from breaking every time I saw that “Closed” sign. When I finally couldn’t stand it any longer, I come back to find a busy blog with lots of new interesting stuff. I had to check the address bar a couple of times just to make sure I didn’t accidentally end up at some kind of archive.

    I’m so happy you changed your mind, Chris.

  28. i am glad i kept coming back to check, but i am not quite sure what that says about me. optimist? pessimist? Do you have the “I can has cheezburger cat” on this site? I have a short attention spa..

  29. HAHAHAHA! Oh Chris, you sappy ol’ chap. I’ve been working 12’s for the past few days, and when I check back…seriously it’s most awesome thing that’s happened today to see Cynical is up and running again. I didn’t want to be all sentimental in my goodbye…I left it as a simple thank you. And really, I still thank you…I always loved the eclectic variety of postings and often forwarding them to friends. Maybe it’s just a group of us just enjoying a similar sense of humour and leaving our cynical comments, but the more important question is, do you have any influence on getting Google Reader back?

    Anyway, no matter how often you post, I still wish you well. Thanks for changing your mind.

  30. Yay! I was just about to delete the link form my `Favourites`, but checked in one last time in the hopes you had changed your mind. Glad I did!

  31. You cannot imagine how happy I am to see that this place is back. I kept clicking on the folder where I kept the bookmark involuntarily, only to realize that this was gone.

  32. Yay! Welcome back, Chris! It’s good to see you again. My morning blog-reading can go back to normal now. So glad you and Cyni-kitty are back.

  33. I’m glad your back, thanks for being you. Your a good guy with a perspective. Not having your site around was like the death of a wartime comrade, remembered for telling stories.. you know, “that guy”, followed with a life affirming laugh.. a patterned reaction of recalling good times in the trenches.

  34. Oh yay, oh yay! This just made my evening. After your “We’re Closed” post, I couldn’t bear to come back. This evening I said to my husband…”Gee I miss Cynical C.” and clicked on the link. And there you are! You’re back!

    I am so happy. Thanks for returning.

  35. I didn’t realise that you changed your mind about shutting the blog down – realised that I missed the “We Are Open” post, but saw everything else that came after that! What are the chances? ๐Ÿ˜›

    So glad to hear that you are still here to stay. ๐Ÿ˜€ Looking forward to many many more years of Cynical-C!!

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