It was 8 years and and a little over 5 months ago that I first started this blog, A Shroud of Thoughts. That brings me to this milestone, the 2000th post. When I first started A Shroud of Thoughts I had little idea of what I wanted to do with it. In the early months it was a mixture of pop culture and stuff about my own life. It would not be long, however, that it would become devoted entirely to pop culture. Not only did I figure that pop culture interested me more than what was necessarily going on in my own life, but I also figured most people would find pop culture more interesting than my rather dull life as well.
Since then I have written about movies, television shows, music, comic books, pulp magazines, radio shows, and web sites, most of them from many years ago. I would suppose, then, that not only did A Shroud of Thoughts evolve into a pop culture blog, but a nostalgia blog as well. My one big regret with A Shroud of Thoughts (and a particularly ironic one since I took the title from a line in Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage) is that I have never written a good deal about literature. Oh, I have delved into the works of Dickens and a few other writers on occasion, but not with any regularity. I have often thought I should rectify that, but so far I never have.
My own life has changed a good deal since I first started writing A Shroud of Thoughts. At the time I started writing the blog I had one job. It was only a few months after I started the blog that I would get another. In the years since then I would quit one job, finding the pace of having two jobs too much, and I would lose my other job when the firm for which I worked closed our local office. My life has changed other ways too. My best friend and fellow pop culture addict died last year. I also published my first book last year, Television: Rare & Well Done. At the moment I am currently working on another one.
As to A Shroud of Thoughts itself, I really don't know what changes might come to it in the coming years. I have no plans to stop writing it any time soon, nor do I plan any drastic changes to the blog (there is an old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"). I would like to delve more into literature, although given the history of this blog I don't expect that will happen any time soon. At any rate, I have to say that A Shroud of Thoughts has done a bit more than give me a platform from which I could write about movies, television, music, and so on. In some ways it has given me a bit more purpose to my life and helped maintain my sanity through rough times. Even when I was unhappy with my job or things were going wrong in life, I at least knew that I had A Shroud of Thoughts to give my life purpose and help through the hard times. After all, if I don't write about the movies, TV shows, and other pop culture artefacts of the past, who will?