Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Five Years

Today is the fifth anniversary of the very first essay in this blog. When I started I had no idea how obsessive this enterprise might become, but here I am, 2668 posts later, tens of thousands of photographs, mostly of the Florida Keys, an average 700 page views a day, 228 followers, and no idea what the future might bring.


I understand that there are thousands of people across the country and the world who miss "their" Florida Keys and this blog, as whimsical and as personal as it sometimes is remains a window on the Keys for people starved of contact with these islands.


I have always tried to avoid formats or formulae, or cutesy repetitions like the photo blogs tend to pursue, for instance blue Tuesdays or weathered Wednesday's and stuff like that. These essays are a product of my daily life, heavily edited.


I just happen to live where a lot of people have a remote interest. I wish there were more blogs like mine about other places around the world with pictures and words. After all I like armchair travel too, but in my Internet searches unfortunately I find Key West Diary is all too rare. And so it goes. Five years. Amazing isn't it?



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18 comments:

bobskoot said...

Mr Conchscooter:

congratulations of doing such a good job for all of us viewers.

I'm still anticipating the day when I will roll into town and snap my photo at the southern-most point.

we all love you . . . here's to your next 5 years

bob
Riding the Wet Coast
My Flickr // My YouTube

David B. said...

Time flies when you're enjoying your work!

Congratulations on five years. How many total pictures of Cheyenne?

Conchscooter said...

Thank you Bob. I will be in Vancouver before you ride to key west I fear.
David B- not enough. I am told.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 5 - please don't stop

Anonymous said...

So glad you keep on posting! Thanks. Your pictures keep me sane between my trips to the Keys.

salt life

Keith said...

Michael,
Your continued effort in an avocation is as unique as the Florida Keys. I enjoy both while I can, and have no illusions that you will continue indefinitely. Each day is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

From a lifetime Wisconsin girl - and a "wanna" be Keys girl - I so appreciate your posts and pics!! Thank you for keeping them going =)

Marianne said...

I blog about my life as a Michigan resident, but I know that doesn't have as much appeal to most people as somewhere like the Florida Keys. :) I enjoy your blog very much. I love having a window into Key West between my winter vacations there!

Garythetourist said...

Happy Anniversary Michael. I sincerely hope you have many more. Believe it or not, I'm still reading backwards in your blog...I think I'm back to Sept. 2007 now. We are coming down for a very brief visit in mid July...
Gary (thetourist)

Anonymous said...

But what happened to your colloboration with Chuck?

Conchscooter said...

Thank you for the comments. I have no idea what the future will bring but I am still taking pictures.
Whatever the future brings I am a solo operator and collaboration really isn't my cup of tea. Plus I do this as much for me as anyone and I don't want to make it a business. That I discovered when I tried t start another blog with Chuck. My compulsion to do this is all mine.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the many "trips around the keys". I have read everyone, several more then once. I have learned alot from you and when I was there for the month of November 2011 I spent alot of time visiting places you wrote about. I really enjoy it. Thanks again, Scooter Vic

Anonymous said...

I view this blog as the life and times of a government worker and his government worker wife getting economically crushed by the real estate bubble and a public no longer willing to pay for the vital services you and your wife provide every day. Think how much more drama this blog would have if you were living in Wisconsin? Of course, in a few years when they start going after your modest yet well deserved pension things should heat up here on the blog. I say this not as a fellow government worker, but as a small business owner in the great unregulated state of Texas where 24% of all children grow up in poverty and we have more state prisons than college campuses.

Anonymous said...

During the Montana winter (winter runs from Jan-June and then Sept-December) there's nothing better than reading your current and past posts. When it's not winter in July and August, it's still a great read. I can almost smell the fresh fish sandwiches at BO's and hear the music from the Smokin' Tuna.

Keep up the great work!

Bob from Livingston Montana (the first week without snow here- yet)

Conchscooter said...

I used to put more work related stuff into the blog but I learned that is not a good idea so I removed essays about work and deleted work pictures from my Picasa account.
No one at work has ever said anything about my blog nor do I plan to give them reason to.
Any time I mention crime related stories I write about what i read in the paper.

That said I am a teamster, have been for years and wonder when we will learn to vote for our benefit and not the one percent. Money for education or the postal service? Hell no, better we blow up foreign countries.
I recommend Confessions of an Economic Hit Man to figure what is actually going on.

Lou said...

Thank you for your wonderful work, artistry and creativity Michael. As you know, you are, and continue to be an inspiration!
Hopefully you get some reward and/or pleasure from the pleasure you so clearly give to so many of us!
Keep on keeping on....

Anonymous said...

I read that 38% of union workers voted for Walker in Wisconsin. I can't conceive of any reason why that would be so. BTW we no longer blow up countries. Obama has perfected the art of killing foreigners individually and in small groups via our drone program.

Conchscooter said...

The one percenters poured money into Wisconsin to buy advertising that had the effect of persuading union voters to wreck their own interests. Its a sad world we live in. The Pullman strike would never make the papers today and Eugene Debs would have been labelled a terrorist wacko.