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Farewell!

The short of it is that I’m no longer a member of this fine community. I will be around but not enough to know what’s going on in town.

It’s been a wonderful experience to write about this fantastic community. Thanks for having me all these years.

God bless all of you

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I’ve been out of touch for awhile.  Oh, I’m still around town — I didn’t go anywhere.  I just have kind of gone into a shell.

I think it started with a 7 day trial I had in early November.  It took a lot of life out of me.  From there I rolled into more end-of-the-year craziness at work, as well as holiday craziness.  I never fully recovered from that.  All that stuff sapped my creative energy.

“Blogging” — I hate that word as a verb — is kind of like any other sort of writing or creative expression.  You can get “writer’s block.”  For three months I guess I’ve been all blocked up.  Hopefully, like the ground in spring, my mind will thaw and new life will emerge.  I’d prefer it not take until spring for this to happen.

One thing that did catch my attention, and I hope to get around to it soon, is the ugly building that is going to be built where the old gas station stood at Main and Ann Arbor Trail.  The design just doesn’t fit downtown Plymouth, at least in my ever-so-humble opinion.

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Writer’s block

This is the longest stretch I’ve had as a “blogger” (the title is annoying, I know) without having something to say. I fee like an athlete in a slump. Hopefully the inspiration will strike. Soon!

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Slow week

I haven’t had much of a chance to get out and take photos, which was one of my goals this spring.  I also am not aware of anything particularly exciting or noteworthy happening  in or around town, at least nothing out of the ordinary.

The weather’s beautiful, but short of that I feel like there’s not much to say this week.  That frustrates me.  I love writing in/at this blog!

Oh, well.  Things will pick up.

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48170

I’ve wrestled with a name change for this blog for months.   This blog is pretty special to me.  I really, really enjoy it.  But the name doesn’t fit my personality.  Maybe others like it, but it seems kind of stiff.  It sounds like a magazine title, and a not too unique or interesting magazine at that.

I don’t want to go too edgy because what I write about here is fairly standard fare.  Still, I’d like it to have just a pinch of spice to it.

For now I’m going to try the name “48170.”  I know, I know, that’s maybe a bit too much like “Beverly Hills 90210.”  Maybe it will feel that way to some, but I think the number title will give it a looser feel.

I won’t be changing the blog address or anything.  This will still be plymouthliving.wordpress.com.  The title change will only be on the front page, in the header, and may only be temporary.  I’m going to try it out and see how it feels.

Your input is appreciated.

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little-flowerI love this blog.  I really started it as something of wordpress test run, using it to get familiar with this software.  Before starting it I had all kinds of ideas of the things I could write about Plymouth: culture, art, architecture and events.

Lately, though, I’ve found myself slipping almost entirely into something of community news (soft news, of course) correspondent.  Lacking, it seems, has been creativity and uniqueness.  Instead of writing about the beauty that surrounds us, I’ve mainly been talking about events and happenings.  That’s fine, but I want this blog to be about more than that.

With the weather quickly improving, I hope to be able to get some nice photographs to show and describe some of the unique features of town.  Perhaps I’ll even be able to do one of the things I wanted to do originally which is get some nitty-gritty details about some of the fantastic architectural works in the city.

Spring is a good time to reflect on renewal.  I know that is usually done at the new year, but I like to think of things restarting — coming alive again — now.  Could there be a better time to celebrate the resurrection (for us Christians) than this time of year?  I think not.

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I found the picture at the top of this blog, the header photo, on the internet.  But I don’t know who took the photo.  I hope he or she doesn’t mind me using it.  Thank you to whoever you are.

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The host of this blog, as you can see, is wordpress. It provides the software, the bandwidth and all that. I pay nothing (but I could buy a premium package. Eventually I might.) I can see the traffic (somewhat) to this blog and much of it appears not to come from other wordpress users (though I’m getting more traffic from wordpress lately due to heavy commenting on other blogs.)

To those of you that read and enjoy (or despise) this blog who might be interested in blogging yourself, I cannot recommend highly enough wordpress. If you just want to write to express yourself and you want user-friendly software, wordpress makes that easy. Plenty of bells and whistles (“widgets”) can be added to your wordpress blog to give it some whiz-bang. I also noticed that wordpress is, in essence, a pretty active online community. There are some dynamite blogs out there, too.

I have another blog on “Blogger” or “blogspot.com” which is owned/operated by Google. I like it but not as much as wordpress. I don’t want to say anything negative about Blogger, but it just doesn’t have as much stuff. You have to find and add more of your own widgets and things. It’s a good blog host site, though. WordPress is just…more fun.

So, if you’re looking to blog, try wordpress. You’ll enjoy it. Trust me.

I’m not getting paid a red cent to say this, either. Sorry I strayed off-topic this evening.

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I apologize if this comes off as an advertisement for another blog.  I suppose it is that, but I won’t see any payment for it.

I’m passionate about music.  I have other blogs but Plymouth Living is the one I love the most and it also has the most readers.  I have to fight off the temptation of putting other topics of interest on this blog.  I want to keep this about Plymouth, with rare exception.

The solution I’ve come to is to start another blog just about music.  I’m still putting it together, but there are some posts (one will look familiar.)  It’s called “The Sound of the Pounding,” a great line from one of Oasis’s new songs.

You can find it on the link below or in my blogroll (links) on the side.

http://soundofthepounding.wordpress.com/

I hope you stop by and check it out.  Comments are not only welcome but encouraged.

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I wanted to take the time to thank you for reading this blog.  Maybe you drop in every day.  Maybe you’ve only been here once.  Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to read my stuff and visit this site.

I have other blogs for writing things that are more personal.  Sometimes I just write random nonsense.  Other times I write to get something off my chest.  While those blogs are public, I primarily write in them for myself.

Plymouth Living — I’m debating a name change — is less about me and more about what is happening around town.  It is written for an audience.  Without readers, there would be no point at all in this blog.

Feel free to comment and/or pass along interesting information.

Thanks again.

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