Today, I won’t be doing a blog entry about Indiana Transportation History. As ITH gets close to 500 entries, I want to explain why, if you haven’t noticed, entries are getting a little thinner around here.
First, as all of you are aware, it has been a very strange year. Most people were and/or still are locked away in their homes. This is not the case for me. I have been working this entire time. Early on, this was easy. As the “beer bug” continues, things on my end are getting back to normal. And when I say back to normal, I mean in the shortest time possible. I work in a big box retailer as a freight supervisor. The fact that stores have been out of things so much lately is now catching up as the supply system has been reset. What would normally be a three truck week this time of the year is a seven truck week.
Second. The majority of entries here comes from me having an idea, and investigating it. Nothing is ever set in stone around here. Usually, the idea leads in another direction as I find something that attracts my interest more, or most usually, something that has more information available. For instance, I STILL can’t find anything on the naming and termini of the Illinois Road out of Fort Wayne.
With the increase in work…and hours…mentioned above, ideas aren’t coming as quickly as they used to. I have been known to sit at my desk for a couple of hours before coming up with something to write about. That’s one of the reasons I keep asking what it is you, my readers, would like to see. Writing, normally, isn’t a problem. Starting is the problem.
Third. I have migrated to YouTube. A little…very little…of my time has been spent on my YouTube endeavors. Most of those include old time radio. And a new series rebroadcasting the news of World War II 81 years later. The real test is an eight hour show I do on Monday mornings (starting at 0100 EDT). And because of my love of history, I was asked to start a new channel…a history show with a guy from Winnipeg, Manitoba. None of this takes much of my time, but I can consider it a reason why things have been getting thin around here.
There are other things involved in all of this that I can’t discuss. Suffice it to say that I feel like I need to figure this out. I started this blog because of my love for both transportation and history. It’s not going anywhere. I was warned at the very beginning that I may hit a wall of subject matter. I thought that Indiana is 200 years old, and transportation has been around here longer than that…I’ll be fine.
Not quite. But I do feel that I owe my audience, you wonderful people that make this both possible and worth it, the truth about what is going on…and why things look a little thin around here. I will keep plugging away at this. This is my baby…I will not allow it to flounder.
The work situation will be getting better. The warehouses can’t be backlogged forever. Besides, I am moving to a different location…with roughly the same job…at the end of September 2020. That location is half the distance from my house. That will help quite a bit, as well.
My YouTube stuff, again, doesn’t take much time…and it helps clear my mind to see if another idea can take hold. I can’t tell you how many blog entries I have written while a video is running through its encode process over the past three months. Or when I am doing a live stream on someone else’s channel. Which I do quite a bit.
It may sound like I am running myself in a lot of directions. Yes…and no. I have to be always moving…always doing something. Usually, this creates a situation where ideas for many things come out.
I just wanted to take time to explain why things were kind of strange around here. It wasn’t until 0100 Friday morning that I realized I hadn’t written a blog for that day. Oops. So, please bare with me for the next several weeks. I promise it will get back to normal. Thank you for taking the time to spend with my ramblings over the past 18 months.
If you are interested, here is my YouTube channel… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtebwl4U4S5knOvmDOwNTgw. Keep in mind that the live streams, known as Short Attention Span Theatre, are entities of their own. And questionable content they are, I must say.