Armagideon Time


May 3rd, 2016

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Armagideon Time.

The site began its life as a music blog, though that conceit had all but fallen by the wayside when I migrated from Blogspot at the end of 2008.

I have no idea what I expected would come out of this project. There was small part of me that maybe hoped it would be a gateway to bigger and better things, but my unease about what that would require ended up sabotaging or demurring what modest opportunities did come my way. I didn’t want or need them enough to turn a diversion I’m ambivalent about into a job I’d certainly despise — and no one in the current climate is offering enough cash to still my qualms or motivate me to up my game.

There’s something perversely reassuring in the knowledge that I could nuke all this at any moment, should I have the desire. And I’ve flirted with the notion on multiple occasions, rest assured.

So why do I keep doing it?

Because, to paraphrase the wise and talented Matt Digges, the shit in my skull needs an out. Maura is a wonderful and patient sounding board, and we do discuss a lot of what I write about on this site, but even she has her limits. Writing for me isn’t a joy or an act of craft or a serious endeavor. It’s draining an infected wound. I get it out because holding on to these thoughts would have even more dire consequences for my mental well-being. Hence the personal, self-centric tone which I will never be rid of.

That there happens to be a small audience for what I lance out onto the digital page is astounding to me. It is humbling and I sincerely appreciate it, but that’s still incidental to my primary objectives for maintaining this place.

As for my future plans, I’m just going to work things out as I go along. That’s served me well enough so far.

(Oh, and be sure to check out the first comment below within the next week or so.)

15 Responses to “Decade”

  1. bitterandrew

    Time is running out.

  2. stavner

    Happy 10th, Andrew!

  3. WK

    Some people’s favorite.

  4. Jeff

    Congratulations on 10! Glad to have been along since the days of the music blog, and still digging what you post. Keep on keepin’ on, sir!

  5. ArghSims

    Always interesting. Thanks for letting us in on your emotional and psychological purges. Soundtrack is fantastic, as always.

  6. Chris Wuchte

    Maybe you don’t view what you do as serious or a craft, but I think this is one of the best-written blogs I frequent.

  7. Mike Loughlin

    You keep writing it, we’ll keep reading it. Congratulations on 10 years, and I’m glad you’re still going strong.

  8. Zeno

    I get completely discombobulated if I don’t get to check in daily with AT right after lunch. Thanks for all the great insights over the the years. Keep throwing it against the wall and I’ll keep coming back to see what sticks.

  9. Chris Gumprich

    Always a welcome oasis in the tired “comics blogosphere”. Happy anniversary!

  10. E.T.Smith

    Thank you, sincerely, for every day you choose to keep this blog going. The funny-book commentary brought me here, but it’s the insightful cross-cultural musings that’ve kept me coming back. Reading the thoughts of someone else who grew up somewhere that wasn’t much of anywhere and ended up, for lack of any other input, with a head full of pop-junk ephemera has been surprisingly reassuring.

  11. CP Bananas

    Congratulations and thank you. I’m always delighted to find a new post and hope you’ll keep them coming. I greatly enjoy your humor, insight, and voice.

  12. Crowded House

    Belated happy tenth-iversary Andrew. I’m still glad to come here and read whatever you feel like writing about. I’ve never minded following your threads wherever they may lead, it’s gotten me to a lot of places I never would’ve come to otherwise and I’m grateful for that. I may forget to drop in from time to time but I’ll keep keep coming back as long as you’re willing to keep posting.

  13. Gil Roth

    Keep up the great work, Andrew!

  14. Sunshifter

    Andrew–thank you. Cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. Keep up the incredible, generous work.

  15. Uncle Dave

    thank you kind sir.. looking forward to the next Decay-ed…

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