The View from Sherlock Peoria
Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .
92, 91, 90, 89 . . . .
Every day the countdown on the front page of Sherlock Peoria drops another number.
Twelve weekly blogs left after this week's offering. June 2, 2012 is the tenth anniversary of this particular website, falling on a Saturday. The next day, Sunday, when the site usually is updated, will mark the start of a post-Sherlock Peoria world.
What have we seen in the ten years since Sherlock Peoria took to the web?
2003 -- This site began.
We certainly can't take credit for any of that. What I'm pointing out with that simple timeline is that the world has changed dramatically since we signed up to do weekly web columns. Technological developments have changed our lives at an incredible pace, one that most people haven't fully sorted out yet, and Sherlock Peoria has fallen behind. We don't have an app, a podcast, sell merch on Cafe Press, or do anything a hip, young website should be up to. We aren't alone, of course. Even popular geek sites like "Ain't It Cool" have a 1990s look they just can't shake.
But at some point, you just want to step back and take it all in. Relax for a minute. Rethink. Restart.
Not that Sherlock Peoria is likely to be back once we take a hiatus. Looking at past Sherlockian publishing ventures I've been involved with -- Wheelwrightings, Plugs & Dottles, The Dangling Prussian, The Holmes & Watson Report -- each had its day, and when they were done, they were done. On to the next. Sherlock Peoria was the next, and now its clock is ticking.
So what does one do with a blog that has only 12 weeks to live? Wallow in the past? Kick the present's ass a little harder? Leave something nice as a gift for the future? (No Matthew Sobol stuff, of course. And if you get that reference, Daemon bless you!) We shall probably wind up as we went on, week in and week out, with some commentary, some unrealized hopes and dreams for the sit, and some talk of Sherlock Holmes.
We shall see.
Your humble correspondent,
Past 2012 Columns