Ragenot

5 years ago yesterday, a frustrated amphibian—who hadn’t even really developed his online persona yet—wrote the first of what would eventually become almost 1500 posts for a blog called Blognonymous. Then, when that venue seemed to have worn itself out, that same amphibian switched to a new blog, this blog, and did another 300 or so posts along with a talented crew of malcontents.

Many things have changed since then. My writing has improved…a lot. I’ve made a bit of money from ads, I’ve developed a following on Flicker and in the Blogsphere for my political paste-ups, I started a movement, I’ve made some friends…and a whole bunch-o-enemies. The Frogette and I pulled up our lily-pad and took it on the road, which BTW we’re still doing having traveled 12,000 miles (in three countries) since last October. Unfortunately, what has not changed is the corrosive nature of our government and and the evil, greedy, corporate drones who laughingly refer to themselves as “public servants”. We know who runs this country, and if we were at all unsure before the Obama Administration took over from those idiot crooks in Bu$hCo, we can be sure now since our new president has proven himself to be just as much a fluffer for Goldman Sachs as his predecessor was.

I’d like to believe that in my own small way I pushed back against the powers that be, maybe bloodied a few noses, pissed off some important people, but really…that’s just bullshit posturing and wishful thinking. I could go on shouting at the wall, but the plain fact is that I’m getting older and need to focus on other stuff…like survival…like protecting what little the Frogette and I have managed to scrape together. And perhaps, this is just what those f*ckers in power want: A populace so afraid, so harried and overwrought that they can’t do sh*t about the wholesale looting of what’s left of the US middle-class.

So I guess what I’m saying is that I surrender. 5 years is enough, and I’m through. Perhaps I’ll blog again. Perhaps not. I guess we’ll see, but I can’t leave this stage, even temporarily, without mentioning a few bloggers who have touched my life:

The Ragebot Crew: The Station Agent, Mr_Blog, Cartledge, and most especially my dear Frogette!

All the bloggers that were there in the beginning, and who gave me comments and clicks in the early days: The Comandante, Blogenfreude, Fred, Peacechick Mary, Neil Shakespeare, Windspike, Enigma, Polishifter, Lily Branford, Snave, Lew Scannon, and Rex Kramer

The Barbarians: Tom Hilton, Deb, Generik, and everyone else in San Francisco.

All in all, I don’t regret a single word written nor the time I spent doing the writing. It was a great experience, and I hope that it had some value. I appreciate every comment, every click, every voice, and every single person who stopped by.

Thanks…and farewell.

17 thoughts on “Ragenot”

  1. I wish you and the Frogette all the best, my friend. You’re a hell of a writer with an excellent perspective. Please, pop in from time to time to let us know how you guys are doing.

  2. I’m with Randal, I think you’ll be back. However, until then, fair weather and a following sea to you.

    I can feel your pain – the world is such a mess right now it’s hard to deal with any of it.

  3. I’m with Randal, I think you’ll be back. However, until then, fair weather and a following sea to you. I can feel your pain – the world is such a mess right now it’s hard to deal with any of it.

  4. You can’t keep a good frog down…they hop around too much. When you do come back, stop by and let us know! Otherwise, may the road rise to meet you!

  5. I can relate to your feelings because I’ve had them myself, more than once. Sometimes, it seems like trying to stop the incoming tide with your coffee mug. (A particularly fruitless and distasteful undertaking just now.)

    Your blog and take on things is wonderfully creative and pointedly on target. It will be missed.

    Best of luck to you and Frogette. Please stop by now and then when you can. And please, don’t hesitate to resurface in the blogosphere if the spirit reawakens in your justifiably dissatisfied soul.

  6. Until we get a chance to meet each other in person someday, thanks for the laughs and the insights. You’re a good writer, and you express your thoughts effectively and well! Have fun, keep writing, and keep fighting the good fight!

  7. Sorry to see this, but best of luck in whatever endeavor you choose. Thanks for all the good stuff you’ve done in the past!!

  8. I’ve farewelled many wonderful bloggers, then move into the communications challenged rural depths. What with tech difficulties, and an ennui which seems to eventually take over, my contribution crashed.
    The memories are great, and some wonderful people have passed through my life. Take care Froggy, Froggette and all the rest.

  9. Sorry you guys are off the blogging. I just heard from TomCat that you guys live in South America somewhere when not traveling. We are thinking of doing that to live better on a small ss income. If you can discuss this with me I’d appreciate it. you can reach at the above e-mail anytime.

    Please stay in touch with us all. We always enjoy your posts.

  10. Sorry your gone, but I understand ,you will be missed my friend enjoy your lives and good health together,thats whats important everything else comes second , rage on and see ya later ………..

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