Update/Explanation about this Blog
p.s. for all you myspacers: be my friend!!!
As many regular readers have noticed, I have not been posting and keeping up with the latest. I have received some friendly queries as to why. Because of the same time issues that have partially kept me from blogging, I haven’t even been able to respond to them.
How many times have I been sitting around with my buddies and mentioned something about Jerry or the Dead that I have read and been asked, “Where did you read that?” Not only could I not remember, but we couldn’t even find anything about it on the Net. The Grateful Dead come up in news stories all the time. But most of these are scrubbed from the web after a few months.
So I had an idea to post all of these articles (as they happen) on a blog. Not only could a Deadhead go to one site to find out what’s been happening, but the blog would be an archive of news stories that could be referenced at a later time. My blog has been successful in this, as I have noticed many people find it after doing a web search on a particular topic.
The number one reason why I haven’t kept up with it lately is because of time. I only have computer access at work and when I volunteer at the library. I usually spent my lunch hour working on this blog. Lately, work has been very hectic and I have worked through most of my lunches. That means no time for blogging.
But I have also taken a break so that I may figure out what direction I want to take. I have received negative feedback for posting (in full) articles written by others and posted elsewhere. Even though I always reference where I found it, who wrote it, and link to the original post, I have received criticism that I am posting other people’s work.
I would love to be able to write original stories every day for the blog. But since I haven’t had the time to even reprint articles, I certainly haven’t had time to re-write anything. I have thought about posting a paragraph or two of each story and then linking to the original source for the rest. But, as I mentioned before, these stories are often removed after a while and one of the original purposes of this blog was to be an archive of Dead news and information.
I am proud of being a Deadhead nerd and an amateur Grateful Dead historian. I have also enjoyed being a part of the small but passionate online Dead community. This blog has truly been an important stop on the "Shakedown Street" in the virtual "Dead lot" online. I really want to come up with a way I can maintain a quality site without upsetting people, seeming to plagiarize, and doing it while I should be doing my job. I expect to have more time soon, so now I just need to figure out what the best format for this blog should be. I’m open to (kind) suggestions. PEACE!
-SLC Library Boy