The 3000th Beach Sloth Post
Where do I go from here? This whole thing began late in the summer of 2010. I was different then, blog-less. Since then the blog has expanded everywhere devouring everything. A few new social media presences have served as accessible ways of getting into my mind. My Twitter is an abridged version of my mind. Anybody who has grown tired of trolling through literally thousands of my blog posts can get a basic gist of what I’m all about on Twitter.
I plan on continuing the blog for the foreseeable future. I continue to meet fantastic people through my online work. Everything began on here, on this very blog, many years ago. Many of the people I started covering on this blog have gone on to do world tours, got book deals, houses, families, moved closer to that great old things commonly referred to as ‘life’. While those I cover have certainly improved I think I have too. By forcing myself to confront language and writing every day I feel my mind has grown sharper, I’ve become more observant.
The support I have gotten for my work has helped me through several moves, a trip to another continent, trips within the United States with more planned, and periods where I wondered what I was doing with my life. Recently I have felt really happy to have had the opportunity to meet my idols in person. Heck yeah I’m talking Cassandra Gillig, a true writer; I’m talking Jess Dutschmann, a cool kid indeed. Anybody from New Jersey is pretty chill in my book. I even got to meet Michael Seidlinger last year after talking with him online for the three previous years.
2014 is going to be a big year for me. Dig That Book Co. is putting out my first poetry collection “It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside it’s what’s on the internet that counts” and it is going to look so good. I still have copies of my old collection “’I want to YouTube down the Rivers of America”, a collection I feel a large amount of pride about, which served as a nice introduction and helped me figure out how to do basic design work. I know as a fact that Dig That Book Co. will make my collection look better than a bunch of pages I printed off of a frequently abused printer/copier.
Guess I’m happy I lasted this long. Blogs typically do not go this hard or this long. I figure I’m lucky. Everything I’ve done on here has been carefully planned, scheduled, and honed down to an almost science. I have T-shirts, I have sold ads, and I plan on doing a lot more before I reach that next blogging milestone, the big 4,000.
Viewership is constant. My interactions have continued to increase. Snippets of me keep on appearing across the internet, often without my knowledge. An incredibly kind Luna Miguel, of Luna Miguel fame, managed to translate my haikus dedicated to my old dear former roommate. I plan on writing more about my former roommate too since he was an incredibly decent person.
Besides this I’m happy for my friends who are beginning to ‘make it’. I hope everyone who reads this little part of me continues to visit. Whoever wants to buy a T-shirt can do so here, whoever wants to buy a chapbook can do so here, or whoever wants to send money can send it via Paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or a simple little note can go a long way. I try to answer people’s emails or messages to me. I want to be here for people because people have done me the basic courtesy of being there for me.
Here’s hoping the next thousand will be even better!