10 February 2014

A Slow Moving Train

No excuses or promises today, but no goodbyes either.

You’ve seen the Main Street Gazette all but disappear in the past month or so, haven’t you? If it weren’t for the fact that I set up Silent Saturday articles almost six months in advance there wouldn’t be anything showing up in the past month. Yes, my day job keeps me extremely busy, but that doesn’t give me a free pass on not meeting the commitment I’ve made to all of the dedicated readers and friends.

In the past, an article such as this one would have told you I’m going to get back on track and articles are going to be posted regularly again starting right now. Those types of promises have led me down a road where I would get so frustrated with not being able to keep up with the schedule I had set out, that I would throw my hands up in disgust at myself and rather than do something, I’ve done nothing. I’ve heard from many of you, through comments, tweets, and emails that you were saying goodbye to the Main Street Gazette and how much you had enjoyed it through the years.

I’m here to tell you, the Main Street Gazette isn’t done, not by a long shot! That said, I’m not going to be making any promises that I know I cannot keep.

There will most certainly be new articles. In fact, I’ve already completed a pair that will run later this week. I’m not going to guarantee the old schedule, or even that there will be an article every single week. When I find a piece of news or discover an opinion that I have, there will be a Perspective piece. When a recipe or a restaurant strikes my fancy, we’ll post an Epicurean Displays. As a piece of history moves me and presents me with knowledge I want to impart, there will be a World of Yesterday. There will also be entries into The WDW Record as the little details are what make Walt Disney World so very special.

I feel at this time that I owe an apology to all of those members who made the WDW World News Roundtable such a success for so long. More times than I care to admit, they submitted wonderful articles for me to publish, but time and again I ran out of time and did not get them posted. Andrew, Alan, Estelle and Blake, thank you, one and all, for your time and contributions. I cannot apologize enough for letting you down, and I hope you’ll forgive me. If there is ever anything I can do for any of you, please do not hesitate to ask.

For all of the readers, those who have stuck around waiting and those who may have wandered off, I hope I can make the Main Street Gazette something that you will be proud of reading once again. I hope you will return and engage us with comments and questions and emails once again. And I hope to once again be that voice that speaks the truth about the Walt Disney World of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.


Jim said...

I really appreciate the time and effort you put into the blog. I love the content and look forward to opening the site, but you are wise to recognize when you have been spread to thin. Thanks for your thoughts, comments, reflections, and roundtables. Looking forward to the next one, on whatever schedule is appropriate.

Jamie said...

I love your blog! you don't need to post on the regular, better to post quality content when it is ready/ you have the time.

Unknown said...

Brother, you don't owe any of us anything. You kept up an almost super-human pace on this site for years. I was always amazed when I opened the site every DAY to find a new article. It was a lot of fun, and always brought me back to my home away from home. That always made me smile.

But now you need to take care of yourself, and if that means focusing solely on that, then that's what you need to do. I'll never completely go away, and will thoroughly enjoy anything you've taken the time to post.

Be well, my friend.

Greg said...

Ryan, since Day One I have admired your stick-to-it-ness. It was and is a daunting task to publish daily (and I speak from first hand knowledge of attempting to post on a regular schedule). Still, even with the best of intentions, life has a way of rearranging things. What did the poet say, "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." Whenever and whatever you publish will be thoughtful and well received. Keep up the good work as best you can, but don't let it become a source of stress and aggrevation. After all, this is Disney that we're talking about. Take care and best wishes my friend.