Sunday, April 16, 2006

Master Yoda's Blog Going on Indefinite Hiatus

After much consideration, soul-searching, and calling in to at least a dozen radio talk shows for advice (which is the best place to get advice), I've decided to end Master Yoda's Blog with the April 20th post, the one year anniversary for that blog.

It may or may not be the permanent end of the blog. It may just be the start of a long sabbattical. I may come back to it later. Or maybe not. If there's one thing about me, it's that I am committed to being indecisive, unless I later decide to be decisive.

There are several reasons I have come to this decision. I won't list them all here. I will tell you that much like the daughters in those disturbing feminine hygiene commercials, Master Yoda's Blog has long had that "not so fresh feeling". That's not to say I've been running out of ideas recently. I "ran out of ideas" around post 75. I can keep writing about how Obi-wan's a Cheeto-obsessed redneck, and how Windu is a neurotic girlie-man. But's it's gotten a little stale. I'd like to think when Master Yoda's Blog started, I was doing some things with it you didn't see other bloggers doing. But now it's gotten pretty formulaic. So I think this is a good place to stop.

What have I got planned for the last few days of the blog? Not much. Look for Yoda to have at least one "flash forward" where he will meet the other Young Skywalker. And I plan a special gift for all of my readers on the April 20th post. Hopefully, that will come to fruition. What I have planned will take a lot of work, so I'm not making any promises.

In any event, I won't be leaving the Blogospere entirely. I hope to post more regularly on Bill Johnson's Blog, maybe post another story on Bill Johnson's Fiction. I'm also working on this project. If I go through with it, it will probably start in September when the new TV season starts. It will be a place for episode re-caps, reviews, and celebrity news. I hope you'll stop by.

In the mean time, if you feel you'll be missing your daily Star Wars fix, please check out the blogs listed in the left side-bar of Master Yoda's Blog. There's some real goodies in there. Also, you might want to check out, if you haven't already, Captain Picard's Blog (that author's take on the Enterprise crew is as nutty as my take on Yoda and the rest of the Jedi) and Professor Xavier's Blog (he mixes some great action-packed narrative prose with wickedly subtle dry humor).

I anticipate there may be questions, so let me answer a few of them here:

Q: Since you're quitting Master Yoda's Blog, would you mind if I started my own Yoda blog?
A: It's a free country Blogosphere. Yoda belongs to Mr. Lucas anyway, and I didn't ask his permission before I started my blog.

Q: Can I take over Master Yoda's Blog?
A: No, Hades no.

Q: Boxers or briefs?
A: Boxer-briefs, the best of both worlds, baby! (...and the perfect choice for the indecisive man).

If you've ever had any questions about Master Yoda's Blog, feel free to post them in the comments to this post. I'll be happy to answer them.

Anyway, I want to say a big "Thank You!" to all of you who regularly read Master Yoda's Blog, especially those of you who read it every day. It is really rewarding to have done something that others enjoyed. I thank all of you for your comments and support along the way.

***Note: My last post will be the one dated April 20th, but as you may have noticed, my posts lately have been dated a day behind the actual date. So the last post will actually appear on the 21st in the Western Hemisphere. For those of you on the other side of the world, it may actually be the 22nd. I guess. I always get confused when it comes to time zones around the world. Maybe you've already seen it. What did I write? Was it any good?

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