“You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille…”-Kenny Rogers
Ben messaged me a few weeks ago and broke the news that he was going to turn off Missing the Ground. They were raising the cost of maintaining the site and, quite frankly, things were pretty dead around here. It didn’t shock me, For probably the better part of the last year I was the only one contributing and my posts were few and far between. Plus I am by far the least talented of various authors we had contributing pieces here and I wasn’t pitching in any cash for the upkeep so there wasn’t much I could say. I momentarily thought about just taking the reins from TB and paying the fees myself but Ben was right. There just wasn’t enough going on here to make it worthwhile.
Writing is hard. I’m not that creative in any other areas but I assume they are just as difficult. Making something out of nothing or producing entertainment on a daily basis was way more difficult than I ever really imagined before we started this blog. I have gained newfound respect for anyone that gets out there and provides any sort of creative entertainment on a continuing basis. I learned so much from the other writers here. There were 5 of us here on a regular or semi-regular basis. Ben (TB), Brian (The Daily Wit), Irvine Redd, and Harmony. The professional jackass Jack Napier joined us for the last couple of years but I can neither confirm nor deny that Jack was also me. 😉
I really want to express my gratitude to TB for inviting me to this project in the first place. I didn’t even know what “Missing the Ground” was a reference to when we started. Lol. I figured it out later. I want to also thank all four of y’all for sharing your beautiful thoughts and writing styles with me and the MTGU. I hope in much the same way a dog learns not to touch an electric fence that I may have marginally improved my writing style thanks to y’all.
I wanted to save all my pieces from the blog. Mainly because one day when I’m gone, I hope my children will read them and get an even better grasp (for better and worse) of who their dad was. A friend gave me a link for a program that basically built an offline mirror of the entire site on my computer. This worked but basically I am too stupid to open it or make it work now. So the other day I sat down and started copying and pasting all of my pieces into a folder. I was kind of glad I was too dumb to work the computer program because even though it took me about 4-5 hours, it gave me a chance to slowly go back in time through the MTGU. There were world events I wrote about that I don’t even remember happening now. I was happy to see that my political sway hasn’t changed a whole lot over the last 4 years. The first few years of the blog were really the golden age in my opinion. Everyone was posting a lot and the subjects were a virtual hodgepodge of topics. Ben used to post LOTS of vacation pics. And do y’all remember “Mash Up Mondays”? Apparently it was a thing we used to do.
Even though it’s really been gone awhile, I am going to miss the little world we built here. We helped a lot of people with the Be Excellent to a Stranger campaigns and I hope, in some little way, we provided entertainment with our pontifications. Until the next time folks, adios and adieu.
A few stats from the site.
Total views-99,820 (So close to 100k…typical)
Best day ever-449 views. Post-“Gibson Field Days” (a tribute piece to our Pascagoula roots if memory serves)
“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything