I haven’t written in a while. That much is obvious and true. The bright light in the room where I write has been turned off for several weeks now, the laptop collecting dust behind the closed door.
When I began this site back in March of 2013, I did so with high hopes, energy, eagerness. I wanted to share my vision, my love of all things horror, with the world. At the site’s inception, I set for myself two goals in the first year: 1) get the site up and running and 2) make it a minimal success.
Alas, though the first part took a while, I felt as if I succeeded with that primary goal, especially in the latter half 2014 when, during the month of October, I took a look at 31 horror films I’d never before seen and reviewed them. In addition, I faithfully reviewed The Walking Dead each week as well as other series (The Strain, Penny Dreadful) and a few books.
Any type of even modest success remained elusive throughout the past two years, however, with the site never getting more than 146 views a day (and that was far and away the highest number ever with views somewhere around 30 or 40 on a good day). Most of those views were (and still are) from spam sites which left idiotic comments that have been deleted.
When The Walking Dead went on hiatus, so did I. The lack of anything horror related on TV accompanied by family issues which demanded quite a bit of my time conspired to permit me to take a nice long look at what I hoped to gain from the site going forward.
Admittedly, for a long while, I drew a blank.
It took some time, but I gradually realized that, overall, I don’t really gain much enjoyment writing reviews of ongoing series. Sure, I like The Walking Dead (particularly the past two seasons), but to analyze it and pick it apart on a weekly basis mitigates a huge amount of that enjoyment. On the flip side, shows like The Strain and Penny Dreadful were mediocre to downright awful much of the time and don’t really warrant regular close examination (and, to be honest, I couldn’t see myself watching another full season of either one).
As for the movie reviews? Well, I’ll continue to do them on a semi-regular basis when the mood strikes me. I have a nice backlog of films both on DVR and BluRay to provide me with more than enough material for quite a while so there will be some coming up within the next month or so.
The bottom line, however, is that this site is in no way making any money whatsoever so any time I devote to it is purely voluntary. And I’m kind of tired of volunteering for what might be a lost cause. So, at the end of February, this site, in its current incarnation, won’t exist. This Old Haunted House won’t be a stand alone website anymore as I’ll be exporting all of the material into blog form (same title, just with wordpress address). There’s absolutely no reason to shell out money for hosting a site when the site isn’t generating any revenue (or interest for that matter). However, everything else should remain the same and all those that currently subscribe will continue to receive updates via e-mail.
It’s possible I may even do a little more with the site in terms of original content, maybe tossing in a short story or two or perhaps beginning a longer narrative down the line to get feedback. Who knows?
No matter what, I’ll still be in a room writing in some manner, though (at least on this site) not as prolific as before. On occasion, I’ll provide glimpses of my work. And while the light won’t shine as brightly and the door won’t be completely shut, if you look closely, you’ll still be able to see some semblance of dim light coming from behind that crack in the door.
In the meantime, thank you for your past and, hopefully, continued support.