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Nine things I’ll miss most about this blog

December 5, 2011

Let’s get the sad news out of the way first.

After an exhilarating five-year run, this blog is ending its run here. Websites change, and take new directions.

The slightly better news is that we have a couple of weeks until my final post, so let’s have fun.

I’ve enjoyed everything about creating and writing Oddly Enough. My advice is, if somebody offers to pay you to be a sarcastic smartass, take the job. Especially if it includes dental insurance.

Some of the things I will miss most…

9. The Photos: The Reuters photo file is a grand candy store. It has been a treat to look through it daily, searching for goofy gems in a sea of serious images. I’m sure it’s fair to say many of the shots in my blog don’t get used anyplace else. Indeed, it was the richness of our photo archive that inspired the blog’s fabled Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop, which will be a runaway success if it ever opens.

8. The Animals: Readers know I have a soft spot for animals. I have supported animal rescue in this blog, and have come down hard on people who don’t respect animals. Hey, I’m talking about YOU, bullfighters! If you want to do something special to remember this blog, please help an animal. Doing something nice for people wouldn’t hurt you, either.

7. The Words: This is a blog for lovers of our language. I have tried my best to revive neglected words such as haberdasher and scalawag and floozy. If you heard someone shout “Huzzah!” in Starbucks today, you can probably thank me. In fact, I imagine it WAS me.

6. Lamar: I didn’t see it coming when I created this recurring character representing the incompetence in all of us. Somehow Lamar has ended up with his own following, even marriage proposals. When the blog goes away Lamar will be relocated to a secret place by the Federal Witless Protection Program. Don’t worry about losing touch with him, I’m sure he’ll send out a change of address note.

5. The Duchess: A blogger’s best friend, without a doubt. When I want to pander for page views, I turn to Catherine and she never lets me down.

4. Those wacky Republicans: Where do I begin? With Sarah Palin’s fractured history, with Herman Cain’s Libya meltdown, with Rick Perry’s “Oops,” or just with Donald Trump?

3. The Truth: I’m allowed to invent fun stuff in this blog, but as a journalist I know the truth is much stranger than anything I can imagine. When a city in Turkey equips the local morgue with the latest gadgetry in case any of the bodies stored there have been declared dead by mistake… When officials in Georgia consider saving money by using prison inmates to fight residential fires alongside real firefighters… I just can’t beat that.

2. The Commenters: I value all my readers, but especially those who have contributed so much to the comments section. We’ve received an astonishing 46,000 reader comments in five years, many of them written in haiku, in limerick form, as parodies of Cole Porter songs and Shakespeare plays, and other creative styles. I plan to keep in touch with the regulars, and maybe even go see some of them when they’re allowed to have visitors.

1. And the number one thing I’ll miss about this blog is… Wait. It’s here somewhere. Nobody leaves this room!

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Top: An erect-crested penguin watches as Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina, holds a baby La Plata river dolphin in Piriapolis, east of Montevideo, November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Left: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney looks at an ear of a corn during his visit to AgVision Agriculture Software, in Ankeny, Iowa May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

Right: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gestures as she speaks in Woodbury, New York, February 17, 2011.
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Left: Britain’s Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception and dinner in aid of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal at St. James’ Palace in London, November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Pool

Right: Spanish banderiller Pedro Muriel is gored by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Bottom right combo: My own animals…

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Comments

I figured I could borrow some ideas and stanzas from that Poe guy. I hope he excuses me just this once:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious blog of humourous lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my office door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my office door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate blog post wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow
From the OE blog surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost humour galore -
For the rare and radiant Blog whom the angels named a blog of humour -
Nameless here for evermore.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Maybe I should have clicked through on more of those Levitra ads … not that I NEED anything like that, just sayin’.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive
 

what the hell? why? WHY? I love this place… :(

Posted by sarabelle | Report as abusive
 

@justCAM: Ouch!!.. that’s bang on target. :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive
 

I’m very sorry this blog isn’t going to be around anymore :( I don’t always comment but I do enjoy it. Let us know where we can read your future material.

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive
 

Well that’s seriously crappy news. Next they’ll be cancelling Christmas and making us wear bags over our heads. We would feel better if you could give us someone to blame for this planned happiness mugging – is this a budget cut? Blink twice if Reuters is to blame. I am going to tell the Occupy people to go over to the DC office and get some answers.

Posted by hmcfabulous | Report as abusive
 

fabulous idea, hmcfabulous :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Is the end of the Oddly Enough blog a sign of the oncoming apocalypse?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Never posted, but have enjoyed reading both the blog and the comments … well, most of them. :) Thanks, BG. May your quill remain sharp and your ink never run dry.

Posted by TNT7713 | Report as abusive
 

Well this just sucks. Now who am I going to direct goofy photos to?

Posted by Ogress52 | Report as abusive
 

@Ogress52:
Maybe you can send goofy photos to
The Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop
c/o Lamar
Lincoln Memorial entrance
Independence Ave SW & 23rd St SW
Washington, DC 20001

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

It’s a sad day – Oddly Enough is such a staple in my daily reading ritual and occupies such a prominent space on my iGoogle page. What will I do with the resulting vast void when it goes? Ouch. Never thought it could happen.

Posted by niteshift | Report as abusive
 

I’m devastated! BG, if you ever want a trip downunder, you’re welcome to stay with me and (by then) my hubby! :(

Posted by Funkyk | Report as abusive
 

Geez… I haven’t been busy around here in the past weeks due to ever increasing work commitments, and less time available for haiku and sarcasm. This really is a shocker. :(

Wish I could have joined the blog earlier.

OE Blog says bye,
New directions for Reuters:
No more time for fun!

A sad day indeed,
Don’t let this blog just vanish:
Relocate this blog!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

I’ve never commented in the 2 years I’ve read the blog because I’m quite certain I could never hang with the rest of everyone. I thank you all but especially The Blog Guy… But I’m pretty sure my neighbors and students hate you :) Of the thousands of things they blocked at school, y’all never made the cut.

thank you again and again. Have fun out there on that interweb-wide-machine and keep the shiny side up Mr. Baz.

Posted by phunphysics | Report as abusive
 

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