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The View from Sherlock Peoria
No. 505, March 4, 2012

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.
2004 -- Facebook began.
2005 -- YouTube began.
2006 -- Twitter began.
2007 -- First iPhones go on sale.
2008 -- Barack Obama become president.
2009 -- A blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes" movie hits theaters.
2010 -- A cult hit of a television show, "Sherlock," hits video.
2011 -- A gang of pals calling themselves "the Baker Street Babes" use all the current bag of web tricks to become the new face of Sherlockiana.

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,
Brad Keefauver

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Past 2012 Columns

January 1, 2012
A League (Out)
Of Her Own

January 8, 2012
Why I Hate PBS

January 15, 2012
'Tis Done

January 22, 2012
The Sherlock Bomb

January 29, 2012
The Bleeding Coolest Thing In Decades

February 5, 2012
And Now A Word For Their Sponsor . . .

February 12, 2012
Out of Bounds

February 19, 2012
The Half Billion Dollar Man

February 26, 2012
Sherlock Gets The Award

March 4 , 2012
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