The End of the Beginning

OP-dEaD has always been an undead blog. Now, sadly, it’s dead. At this very moment, the coroner is working on the remains, skillfully slicing his scalpel through muscly verbs, fatty adjectives and stringy adverbs. With practiced care he lifts bloody nouns from dark openings and weighs them in his scale.

Still, for all his methodic dissection, we already know the cause of death—too little time and a shift in priorities.

But even as you read these words, the contents are being put back in their rightful places, for OP-dEaD wasn’t an organ donor. And every incision is neatly sewn shut. In other words, the blog won’t be deleted anytime soon, especially since some of the posts continue to generate decent amounts of traffic. Hopefully, there’s some useful stuff here for fans of the fantastic.

Thanks for reading!

“It is not the end.

It is not the beginning of the end.

It is the end of the beginning.”

– Sherman the Robot, Millenium (1989)

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Words for a Missing Post, Part 1 … of 1

Due to overhanging work commitments, the third part of my Music from “The Elder” retrospective won’t be posted until Tuesday. A big sorry to anyone who might be waiting for the concluding installment!

In other news, it took less than two weeks for my guide to Gremlins in-jokes to become the most widely read OP-dEaD post since the blog’s inception. A big thank you to everyone who has checked it out so far, mostly by way of the link I posted at IMDb!

Gizmo was very pleased at the amount of blog hits his movie got.

When there’s no more room in Hell …

… the dead will blog. Ah! The inaugural post of OP-dEaD. Unfortunately, this post isn’t about horror movies. It’s about blogging. According to this source, “[s]everal studies indicate that most blogs are abandoned soon after creation (with 60% to 80% abandoned within one month, depending on whose figures you choose to believe) and that few are regularly updated.” Yikes! Seems I’m in for a bigger uphill battle than I’d anticipated.

John Scalzi puts a humorous spin on this transient tendency, breaking down the “vast majority of blogs” into three posts a typical blogger bothers to create before he or she moves on:

  • Post One: “Here’s my blog! This is where I’m going to share all my thoughts about life, the universe and everything! It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to tell you all what I’m thinking about and everything!”
  • Post Two: “Hey, sorry I haven’t updated in a while – life’s been crazy. But I’ll be back soon.”
  • Post Three: “Here’s a picture of my cat.”

Will my blog follow this dispiriting trend? Will the demands of everyday life mean that I give up on my navel-gazing horror blog before it’s even off the ground? (Or should I say, “out of the ground,” since I’m a zombie?) And most importantly, will I now have to get a cat, so that I can post a picture of it in my third entry?

Your guess is as good as mine.

For now, I just wanted to say that here’s my blog! This is where I’m going to share all my thoughts about horror movies, the universe and everything! It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to tell you all what I’m thinking about and everything!

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