Today is Festivus, a holiday that sprang from the loins or our pop culture, specifically the TV show Seinfeld. Read more about it here. Two elements of Festivus … the airing of the grievances and incredible feats of strength.
Given it's a creation of pop culture of nebulous meaning ... Festivus seems an appropriate day to shut pressdog.com down. Bonus: It’s close enough to Christmas that everyone elbowing coworkers aside to get away from work and start the Bataan Death March of holiday travel may just give me the introvert ghost-away I am hoping for.
BE THAT AS IT MAY … I have no grievances to air. Honestly. Oh, there have been conflicts over the years, but all of them laughably minor in the grand scheme of things. So let’s not squander our time revisiting them here. As for feats of strength, the only one I claim is durability, as evidenced by the decade-long life of this blog.
I've been contemplating this for some time, and in the end it felt wrong to just let pressdog drift untended, adding to the abandoned ruins of blogs strewn across the Internet. Cause of death is the most common of all among blogs: day job, family, enjoying an empty nest with my wife of nearly 30 years, other interests, including writing books have consumed the time needed to keep pressdog.com going properly.
But, before I click “Publish” one last time, indulge me in some thank-yous:
Number one, always, race fans. The main reason I created pressdog.com was to share ideas and opinions with other fans. Maybe make a few of them chortle. Thank you for reading. And thanks also for writing … in the comment section. Reading your comments was a huge motivation for keeping pressdog going. I said “I hadn’t thought of it that way” in response to a comment so many times I lost count.
Second: all the drivers, team officials, league officials and others who gave me the time of day, let alone agreed to be interviewed.
If I allow myself a moment of self-indulgence, it’s possible my interviews were also a feat of strength. I tried very hard to build a reputation as someone who would be fair to the interviewee. My only motivation was to convey the interviewee’s responses to my questions accurately and fairly, no matter what those responses were. And doing interviews is a lot of work. I have to get psyched for them before hand and go into a quiet, dark place after, but when they go right, they're magic. It’s tempting to list some of my “favorite” interviews, but in reality I enjoyed them all, and there were probably 100 of them over the years. I came to personally enjoy talking with some of the people I interviewed off and on over the years, so I'll miss the access pressdog.com created.
Third: Lou Ann Baker, who urged me to start this blog when she was Sarah Fisher’s PR queen way back when, and former IndyCar PR honcho Amy Konrath. Amy was an advocate for accommodating IndyCar bloggers way way back when I was the only one. She was my reference for track credentials in the early days. Without Lou Ann and Amy, I doubt pressdog would lasted more than a few years.
Alas it’s time to go. pressdog.com will hang in space, capped by this post, for a few years at least. Lets stay in touch on Twitter (@pressdog).
So … one last time: thank you.