Introducing the New Amazing

I’ve always wondered what would happen to blog readership if I stopped posting regularly. Not even daily, just regularly. According to the stats… not much. Because despite having sixty-four posts written and ready to publish (save the header images, which would take quite a while), I don’t have the—and I hate using the term—but I don’t have the bandwidth for blogging right now.

For a rather fantastic reason.

I’m coauthoring an Eleanor Parker biography with fellow Eleanor Parker fan Amanda Grinstead, who’s been running excellent EP fan communities for the last few years. The book’s under contract. It’s happening. We’re doing it. There are times working on the project I get giddy. Loudly, obnoxiously giddy.

But it’s writing a book and it’s a big deal book and it’s not an easy time to do anything, including write a history book. Because even though there’s more raw data every day on the Internet—and even more faster now thanks to the pandemic—there’s also stuff not on the Internet and not coming soon enough to the Internet.

So, stressers.

But giddy exciting stuff. Every day there’s something else cool and it’s great to have a coauthor.

The book’s called Baroness and Beyond. There will undoubtedly be a subtitle.

There is a website—baronessandbeyond.com, which we’ll be updating regularly. Probably at the beginning of the month. It depends on something very exciting we’re not talking about yet. But regular updates.

There will be a Kickstarter or some kind of fundraising; maybe not importantly but more excitingly there will be fundraising incentives. But fundraising is a ways off.

In other words… the not blogging has been for a good reason.

I did try to keep something going—the newsletter ate up a lot of book time; too much it turned out. But also it’s nice to just be able to turn the brain off and play Good Sudoku with TV on in the background. Though I’m not going to quit writing the “Frasier” posts. We probably aren’t doing “Frasier” again for a while so I’m not missing this chance. That said, it’s been a while since we’ve watched “Frasier.” There’s a lot of researching going on.

Most annoyingly, I’d just decided blogging would be one of my stress relievers from the book work (and the work work, and the 2020). A day later I realized I just don’t have the time for it. I might have the time for the writing, but I don’t have time for the media consumption. Or the header images. The header images are a time suck. Even it’s fun to make them. They’re a time suck.

So what’s next for The Stop Button? Notorious this Thursday (or Friday or Saturday). After Notorious? A post the next time we’ve updated baronessandbeyond.com because it’s only got RSS right now, no mailing list signup or anything yet (I mean, it’s functional–there’s a contact form). And the RSS is just there on B&B. It’s all the podcasts I’m hearing thanks to pandemic… we cishet White male Gen-Xers don’t care about much, but we do care about RSS.

(If you haven’t, subscribe to Stop Button’s RSS here. Also subscribe for the Visual Reflux podcast neither Vernon or I have time to do anymore)

But someday regular blogging will make sense again, scheduling-wise. Until then, I guess that long tail I always told myself The Stop Button would someday have….

It has.

Neat.

Now look at this great art we got for the website.

I’ve always wondered what would happen to blog readership if I stopped posting regularly. Not even daily, just regularly. According to the stats… not much. Because despite having sixty-four posts written and ready to publish (save the header images, which would take quite a while), I don’t have the—and I hate using the term—but I don’t have the bandwidth for blogging right now.

For a rather fantastic reason.

I’m coauthoring an Eleanor Parker biography with fellow Eleanor Parker fan Amanda Grinstead, who’s been running excellent EP fan communities for the last few years. The book’s under contract. It’s happening. We’re doing it. There are times working on the project I get giddy. Loudly, obnoxiously giddy.

But it’s writing a book and it’s a big deal book and it’s not an easy time to do anything, including write a history book. Because even though there’s more raw data every day on the Internet—and even more faster now thanks to the pandemic—there’s also stuff not on the Internet and not coming soon enough to the Internet.

So, stressers.

But giddy exciting stuff. Every day there’s something else cool and it’s great to have a coauthor.

The book’s called Baroness and Beyond. There will undoubtedly be a subtitle.

There is a website—baronessandbeyond.com, which we’ll be updating regularly. Probably at the beginning of the month. It depends on something very exciting we’re not talking about yet. But regular updates.

There will be a Kickstarter or some kind of fundraising; maybe not importantly but more excitingly there will be fundraising incentives. But fundraising is a ways off.

In other words… the not blogging has been for a good reason.

I did try to keep something going—the newsletter ate up a lot of book time; too much it turned out. But also it’s nice to just be able to turn the brain off and play Good Sudoku with TV on in the background. Though I’m not going to quit writing the “Frasier” posts. We probably aren’t doing “Frasier” again for a while so I’m not missing this chance. That said, it’s been a while since we’ve watched “Frasier.” There’s a lot of researching going on.

Most annoyingly, I’d just decided blogging would be one of my stress relievers from the book work (and the work work, and the 2020). A day later I realized I just don’t have the time for it. I might have the time for the writing, but I don’t have time for the media consumption. Or the header images. The header images are a time suck. Even it’s fun to make them. They’re a time suck.

So what’s next for The Stop Button? Notorious this Thursday (or Friday or Saturday). After Notorious? A post the next time we’ve updated baronessandbeyond.com because it’s only got RSS right now, no mailing list signup or anything yet (I mean, it’s functional–there’s a contact form). And the RSS is just there on B&B. It’s all the podcasts I’m hearing thanks to pandemic… we cishet White male Gen-Xers don’t care about much, but we do care about RSS.

(If you haven’t, subscribe to Stop Button’s RSS here. Also subscribe for the Visual Reflux podcast neither Vernon or I have time to do anymore)

But someday regular blogging will make sense again, scheduling-wise. Until then, I guess that long tail I always told myself The Stop Button would someday have….

It has.

Neat.

Now look at this great art we got for the website.

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