I’m baaaaa-aaaaack

A few months ago, I was feeling all blogged out … to the point that the thought of abandoning this whole thing crossed my mind on more than one occasion. Fortunately (or, depending on your opinion of my blog, unfortunately), Wonder Woman stepped in and killed that option.

Some serious soul-searching followed, the outcome of which was that I decided it was time to refocus on my dreams and set my sights on a new creative-writing endeavor. At the time, I would not have predicted that the “new” creative-writing endeavor would actually turn out to be the rebirth of a not-so-new creative-writing endeavor: this blog.

It’s been almost three years since I first launched DaddyScratches.com. Back then, and for many months thereafter, I was unbelievably enthusiastic about this site, thrilled about how rewarding it felt to finally have a forum for my writing, and blown away by the support, compliments and encouragement that I received from all of you. Thank you. Really. I mean it. I just … I love you, man. *sniff*

Sorry. I’m very emotional.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah: So, for about a year-and-a-half, I was completely invested in making this blog a success … and it felt effortless because I was enjoying it so much.

And then 2010 came along and kicked the shit out of me, and all of the major life changes that were a part of that year-long ass-whupping pushed this site to the side. So much of my time and energy were required elsewhere that I could not give it the attention I so badly wanted to, and my previous enthusiasm was largely replaced by a constant sense of defeat and frustration over my inability to focus on my blog.

Eventually, that nagging, ever-present sense of defeat and frustration had me feeling as though I had summarily failed at making my blog a success, and that I should just give it up and move on to something else.

Except, here’s the thing: The writing I do here is the writing I most enjoy.

In the wake of that epiphany, I’ve decided to rededicate myself to making this blog a success.

Step one? Fix up this shithole.

It’s been a long time since I liked the way this blog looked, and an even longer time since I liked the way it functioned. And because I am a diva, I need the environment in which I’m performing to be an environment that I actually like.

Most of the 10 months I’ve spent confined to a cubicle at my new day job have consisted of developing WordPress websites, and in the course of doing so, I’ve learned The Right Way to do a great many things. The previous incarnation of this blog was not built The Right Way. This latest incarnation was. Yay, me.

And now that I’ve stayed up until one o’clock in the morning every day for the past three weeks in order to redesign and rebuild this whole place from scratch, I can get back to focusing on writing (with some photography thrown in for good measure). At least, that’s the plan. We’ll see.

Anyway, the moral of the story is: Rejoice, for I have returned.

NOTE: Things might look a little wonky around here for a bit as I work out the final kinks. If something doesn’t look right, just assume that it’s an intentional bit of artistic flair rather than a blatant example of my overwhelming ineptitude.)

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  1. Caroline
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Yay! I have always enjoyed reading your blog. I’m glad you’re back.

  2. Julie
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited!!!!
    Scratches is back!!!!!

  3. Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    love a man that follows his dreams 🙂 you go!!

  4. Dee from L.A.
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Welcome back, DaddyScratches…long-time reader/first-time comment!!!

  5. Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Glad to you’ve decided to stick with it 🙂 I only just recently discovered your blog and have quite enjoyed it.

  6. Sandry H
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    yeah! Glad you’re back. Since I quit blogging (too busy. WAY too busy.), you’ve become one of my absolute favorites to read. Rad as fuck. 😀

  7. Golden
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I love when people are called to spend more time doing something that makes me smile, laugh and feel emotion. I’m cheering you on! I can’t wait to read more. -Golden, who met you and WW at Bossy’s get together at Noir/Harvard Sq.

  8. Roseanne
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Glad you’re back!

  9. Paige
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    So so so so so so happy that you will be blogging again. I see you comment over on PW’s site and always hope that you will be posting over here everyday.

  10. Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Welcome back! (Long-time lurker, rarely commenter b/c I am shy).

    Also, “in the interim” can I just say that your comments on Dooce’s posts are always my favorite ones, and crack me up every time.

    Give our thanks to Wonder Woman for keeping you posting!

  11. Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Welcome back! You have been missed 🙂
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  12. Shannon
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    You have been missed. You are on my list of blogs I check every morning on my first break at work. I am so excited!!!

  13. Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Well done wonder woman. Well done.

  14. Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Man, it looks good round here.
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  15. Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Love the new look – is it Daddy Grunge? I seriously love the photo, too. I’m glad Mommy Scratches insisted you resurrect your blog!
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  16. Courtney
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Welcome Back! Long live Wonder Woman!

  17. NancyH
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    funny thing, i’d taken you off my blog list back in the spring when things were slow.. and just today i thought “i wonder what’s up with daddy scratches” and here you are, ready to go again 🙂 love the new colour scheme/banner! looking forward to more of your family stories!

  18. Posted July 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Woooohoooooooooo!!!!!!!! Welcome back!
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  19. Posted July 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back. I’ve kept the link on my blog. I don’t know if I did it because I knew you’d be back or if I hoped you’d be back.
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  20. Posted July 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    You won me over with your Baby Alive Tink & Poops way back in the day and I am so excited that you are getting back to business around here! Welcome back!
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  21. Posted July 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and have been anxiously awaiting new posts since then. I enjoy your writing, sir. Glad to see that you are back and ready to give it another go 🙂
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  22. Posted July 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Yeah!!! Welcome back. BTW….nice shirt.
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  23. Posted July 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Look how spiffy it is over here now! Great new look.

    I knew you’d be back. Just a feeling, I had. So glad I was right.
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  24. Posted July 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    So happy to hear about your renewed commitment to your blog. We started at the same time and I feel like we’ve both grown tremendously as bloggers. I can’t wait to see your blog grow even more.
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  25. Magan
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    You’ve had a rough, life changing year & your writing here slowed. That’s completely understandable. Myself & your other loyal readers are still here. It always brings a smile to my face when I see you pop up on my feed- regardless of how sporadic it has been.

  26. Anne
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back! I was afraid Zan would stay eight forever! We need an update an update on the rest of the Scratches family!

  27. Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Hooray for Wonder Woman! Thank goodness you married a woman of good sense & fortitude, lest we be without the snark and dare I say wisdom of Daddy Scratches. Well done.
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  28. Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Glad you’re back, and LOVE the picture!

  29. Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Not sure whether I’ve ever commented before but I’ve always been a big fan of the site. Glad you’re back.

    I especially love the line, “The writing I do here is the writing I most enjoy.” I feel the same way about my blog. While I’ve written articles, essays, and screenplays, I always enjoy returning back to the blog.

    It feels like home to me.
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  30. Val from Cape Town
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Yay! Welcome back!

  31. Bonnie B.
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    GOOD to have you back!! Looking forward to reading much more from you.

  32. Posted July 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    welcome back! 🙂
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  33. Catherine McP
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back big Daddy S!

  34. Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, welcome back. Coming from a fellow “WHY IS THIS NOT DOING WHY I WANT IT TO– Oh, I accidentally put an extra semicolon into the header,” everything looks good so far, dunno if you’re done but I see no mistakes.
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  35. Janet
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Hey 😀 Glad you are back…looking forward to ‘reading’ you again!

  36. Posted July 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Have you thought about doing this for other people as a side business? You should. Lots of folks don’t have the time or knowledge to do what you just did, which was probably fairly simple (to you).
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  37. StephanieZ
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I have loved your blog since I clicked on your link at PW’s site. Glad you are back!

  38. Kathy
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Yay! I’m looking forward to reading your posts. I’m also glad the soul-killer job has in some way assisted in finding your joy. 🙂

  39. Posted July 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Yeah I think 2010 kicked the shit out of a lot of us. Welcome back, man. You’re inspiring me – I’ve been wanting to overhaul my blog for awhile… hmmm…
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  40. Debbie
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Yay!! So very glad you are back!

  41. Kelly
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Yay! Sooo glad you’re back! I have missed coming to this site. I love how you’re not afraid to be honest in your writing. It makes you more real. I also frequently laugh out loud (literally, not figuratively) when reading your blog. Can’t wait to see what the second half of 2011 has in store for the “Scratches” family!

  42. Bethie
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    So glad you’re back – we missed you!

  43. Dorice
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Your blog is among the top few that I read every day. Sooooo looking forward to reading new stuff. I can stop looking at archives now. Many thanks to Wonder Woman. Not many people actually follow their calling. Liking the new look too.

  44. Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks, all. I really appreciate all of your comments. Cash would be better, but, you know, comments are nice, too. 😉

  45. Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you’re here to stay. Blogging is quite rewarding, I’m discovering.
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  46. Karen
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Yay! I was hoping you hadn’t given us up! We need boys ’round here, and y’all are sadly under represented! Furthermore, the raccoon post never fails to make me snort Diet Coke up my nose, so clearly you have something going here…

  47. Lunch
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    And so I shall enjoy my lunch again.

  48. Roxanne
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Welcome Back!! Yahoo!!! I too found your site thru PW’s and love reading your blog!!

  49. Posted August 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    –>Welcome back! I have enjoyed your blog for a couple of years now.
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  50. Posted August 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Yeeehhaaa! About bloody time! Great to have you back at last…

  51. Cherilynn
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back!
    I like the new look!

  52. Kelli Snyder
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    So happy!! we’ve missed your dark sarcasm and random foul language. Really. I promise.

  53. heidig
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    So glad you’re back! Yipeeeeeee!

  54. Sarah
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    First time reader. I’m busy trying to straighten my mess up (minus the blog) too. I’ll stay tuned and see if I can pick up a few tips.

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