It’s been four years since I started the website Stout Standards and a little over two for the blog. I enjoy the challenge but to be honest there have been numerous times when I came close to scrapping both. A derogatory comment here and there, the increasing apathy within the pastime and the lack of any organizational leadership often cause me to question why I bother to write or even stay involved.
When I started the website it was to put to use skills I had learned taking an adult ed course in HTML, and those of you who are website savvy must cringe. Two years down the road John Winter suggested that I change over to a blog and I cannot thank him enough. He talked me through a few WordPress basics and while I still keep up the website, the blog has become my favorite. Now sadly John has taken his blog down and I need to persuade him to start it up again. John Winter are you reading this? We miss you….
I know too that a lot of my frustrations come from my inability to get out detecting as much as I’d like. It’s difficult trying to write about treasure hunting when you are not actively doing it. The few times I do get out detecting I usually come home with nothing much to brag about and posting a photo of my six pennies, two nickels and three dimes (all clad), is not going to knock anyone out. As a result I feel inadequate to offer up anything informative and find myself relying on past experiences. Add in the almost daily changes in technology and it seems I will never catch up.
Then of course there are the arkie-bloggers out there who found my website, decided that I was not to their liking and started testing out their insulting skills on me, my friends and even my dog for crissakes. I soon found out however that they were 24/7 trolls and no one, including their peers, lent any credence to what they had to say. They are not only anti-detecting and collecting, they are anti-American and because of that they’re history here on Stout Standards.
I also tend to piss off a lot of tekkies and that too has resulted in a few nasty emails and comments. I don’t do it intentionally (well okay, maybe sometimes). You see the older I get the more I speak my mind. If I think it I write it. Perhaps not a good trait but hell my wife might be spreading my ashes tomorrow (how she wishes) so why not?
Lastly I have too many days when I don’t have a thing to say or write. Nothing..Nada…the mind is blank. Oh I could sit down and write some trivial BS (like what you are reading now) but I prefer it to be really good BS, and when I can’t come up with that I get frustrated.
I know I will continue to have days when I want to chuck it all but I do enjoy writing and find it a way to stay in touch with many of my old friends, most of whom are my age and can relate to my drivel. So I will keep plugging away and if I should say something that upsets you please keep it to yourself okay? I’m too old and really don’t give a rat’s ass…..
“Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.” …Pat Conroy
“The first draft of anything is shit.” …..Ernest Hemingway