Monday, June 25, 2012

Freddy In Space : Four Years Later

Today, June 25th, marks the four year anniversary of Freddy In Space, which means I have for four full years now devoted most of my free time to sitting here in my computer chair, pecking away at the keys and spewing my thoughts on the genre to anyone who will listen.  I'm not usually very proud of myself but when it comes to what I've accomplished in the blogging world I am pretty damn proud, proud not only that I've stuck with this for so long but proud also that there seems to be a whole lot of people who, for whatever reason, are listening to what little old me has to say. 

That's quite honestly something I never expected when I sat down and started Freddy In Space four years ago, less as an outlet for my voice to be heard and quite honestly more as just something to do to stave off boredom while I sat around jobless and feeling all around pretty useless.  Little did I realize that blogging would become a serious passion for me, one that would provide me with great friendships and an incredibly gratifying sense of belonging to a community and genre that I so love.  The fact that I've somehow become a voice in that community that people actually listen to is something I will likely never get used to.  It's something I cherish and it's truly one of the great joys of my life.

Somehow, somewhere along the way, Freddy In Space has turned into an entire community in and of itself, currently over 2,400 Facebook fans strong and with a total hit count that just recently surpassed the one million mark.  Hell, when I attend horror functions, I usually have people approach me and tell me how much they enjoy reading what I write, which just boggles my mind. 

I honestly don't know how it happened, but I know for sure that the only reason this little blog has become what it has become is because of each and every one of you out there who reads, comments on and shares the posts I pour so much of myself into.  So to everyone who is reading this right now, and everyone who isn't but has at some point in time read something I've written, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving meaning to my voice in the horror community.  There are so many other blogs out there that you could be reading, and I thank you so much for choosing to spend some of your internet time here in my neck of the woods.

The fact that I've gotten to a point where I not only get a steady flow of traffic every day but also get more interaction from those who read than I even have the time to respond to is something I will never ever take for granted.  That's something that doesn't come around for every blogger out there, no matter how many years they spend in the game, and I am so grateful that I've been able to experience all that love.  Again, I don't know why I've been so fortunate, or why people seem to be drawn to what I have to say, but this blog has truly provided me with more satisfaction and joy than anything else in my life.

Well, almost anything else.

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It's likely that I would've never started Freddy In Space without the encouragement from Jen, my partner in crime for four and a half years now.  Suffice to say, it's no coincidence that I started this whole thing shortly after meeting her.  Though my time spent blogging over the years has admittedly at many points interfered with Jen and I spending time together, she's always been incredibly supportive of me doing this, as she has been when it comes to everything I do or want to do.

The picture you see above is from this past Friday night, taken at our local courthouse.  Though it may not look like it, that's actually a 'You may now kiss the bride' picture.  After nearly five years of dating, Jennifer Carroll officially become Jennifer Squires this past weekend, and I officially became one lucky geek who somehow scored a wife that's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  Much like with the whole blogging thing, I'm not sure how it happened, but I couldn't be happier that it did.

Soooo.  In celebration of not only the wedding and Freddy In Space's fourth birthday, but also my own birthday this coming Saturday, I have decided that I'm going to take a one week hiatus from the blogging world, beginning tonight.  Getting a bit burnt out is a natural side effect of doing something like this and since I've never taken a hiatus in the four years that I've been at it, I think I not only deserve it but I kinda need it too.  Gonna take that time to relax, spend time with my new wife and see what life is like without being consumed by the need to blog.  Should be interesting, to say the least!

It's likely that I will return next Monday, with a recap of the 2nd annual Syracuse Horror & Sci-Fi Garage Sale, which I will be attending this weekend.  With a little time off under my belt, I expect things to be more fun and exciting than ever around these parts come July!

So, I shall see you then.  In the meantime, I'm sure I'll still be active on the Freddy In Space Facebook page throughout the week, so you can find me over there!

18 comments:

Bjornabo said...

Congratulations on the 4 years anniversary, and also with marrying the love of your life :-)

DrunkethWizerd said...

It's good to know that you've had such a great time with your blog (or, your brain on a silver platter, if you will). With all the bullshit in the world, we need a place to escape and this medium is indeed a fine pastime of escapism. It's hard to feel good. And it's good to feel hard.

That's why I get erection from horror blogs. Keep it up the good work my fiend.

Caffeinated Joe said...

Congrats, on it all, but especially on the marriage! Kudos to you two, here's to a long and happy road!

beefpuppet said...

I only recently discovered this page and I LOVE it!!! So thank YOU for putting a fun and "every men" type of spin on your reviews and opinions, and not catering to your "sponsors" like so many other horror sites do. Like I said, I am a new fan, but you have a fan for life here. Keep up the incredible work!!

Enjoy your week away and congratulations to you and your new bride.

Alex said...

Congratulations on your marriage! And your blogiversary! Enjoy your time off.

Adie Stone said...

Congratulations to your marriage and also your blog

I like the T-shirt and jeans for the wedding lol, comfort is the best way forward.

I do my facebook only blog atm 'Die On Set A' I havent been at it for a long time, only a few months now but hopefully one day it will be as big as this blog and a few others I know of.

And even if it doesnt get that big, I still wont give up on it, for most importantly the people that read my things, news and reviews and obviously for the magnificent genre of horror itself.

Adie Stone said...

Oh and btw it was your blog along with another that actually inspired me to do my own, I already had its name in my head for other things aswell and then yeah I read your blog and another and thought 'I shall do my own' haha

The Captain said...

Congratulations on all of your achievements and your newlywedom!

Spooky Vegan said...

Congrats on the nuptials and happy anniversary!

Enjoy your much-deserved hiatus!

Matt said...

Congratulations on everything that is going on in your life. You were one of the first horror blogs I started reading last year and was a big reason for me starting my own blog. Thanks for everything and enjoy the week off.

Zombob said...

Congratulations on all your happiness!!

Jay Amabile said...

Congratulations to your and Jen and F.I.S !!!

Digital Orc said...

Awesome! Keep it up (the blogging, I mean).

willy jerk-off said...

Congratulations my old mate, you`re a bloody lucky bastard, Jen is such a stunningly gorgeous dream come true.

Simon Dedalus said...

Grats, on the 4 years of good blogging and even more on new marriage thing. She always seemed like a great girl from the way you have written about her in the past.

I really think your blog has been successful because you let it all hang out and don't try to pander to people. That and your consistency in blogging most every day. You probably deserve a week off.

You two enjoy each other. Just don't take your relationship advice from the radio dude from the movie Pig.

bastardjackyll said...

Awesome news and congratulations dude. You have consistently posted some of the most informative and thought-provoking stuff of any other horror blogger out there, keep up the good work and we'll keep clicking.

Still waiting for the promotional Jen calendar though...

ZOMBIE HAYES said...

Congratulations on the blog and the wedding!! Congrats!!

Mr. Mike D. said...

My man Johnny...congrats on the blog's run thusfar and congrats on the marriage!!! Great things for you & Jen... I look forward to many more years reading about your exploits here on F.I.S.!!!!!!