Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Long Haul

Re: Regarding Our Decision Not To Blog Here Anymore

When analyzing the fall of any community, I personally find that one of the most important steps in a post-apocalyptic scenario is to figure out what exactly went wrong. So before diving headfirst into a "bloggers renaissance," I graciously took the time out of my busy, busy day (watching every episode of Archer and beating Portal 2 multiple times is no easy task) to figure out why we started this monstrosity in the first place and pinpoint the kinks in our otherwise flawless system.

It started as a pretty admirable task. Four young minds, deep into their college careers, coming together to share their individual perspectives on the fairly diverse worlds that surrounded them. Ray breaking down the finest of literary works, myself exploring a musical universe previously unheard by ears of suburban San Diego natives, Lance grinding his teeth on every byte the Informatics department at UCI could throw at him, but also many other bites, and Adonis with stick in hand beating opponent after opponent in a battle of Gods known more commonly as Super Smash Brothers. No one could predict what would come from this, but I think at the very least we were all optimistic.

An excerpt from Adonis' first coolkids post in December of 2007 reads "So far I like what I see, but really, a collaboration of the great minds of Lance, Ray, Nazer, and Adonis is simply UNSTOPPABLE." With words like that, we were ready to take on the world!

And so from there we went forward. Maybe it was the presidential election, or the writers strike, or maybe it was simply a love for the craft, but whatever it was, month after month we filled the minds of readers everywhere with original pieces of work on the topics that we cared most about. When searching through the Cool Kids archives, it was discovered that the tags we used most frequently were television (32) followed by Video Games (27), and then fatass (22). Following shortly afterward were lazy post (16), nerd boner (15), Barack Obama (14), and then the Chargers (13).

Some may call it garbage, but for a lot of people many of these posts could be crowned as real works of art. We even had a "Best of the Cool Kids" compilation, featuring our very best and most beloved posts.

But we quickly took a turn for the worse...

Our once glorious website that flourished with exciting and fresh content was now a desolate wasteland. Posts came weeks, even months apart at times, and our content struggled all the same. Quick posts about absolutely nothing flooded our internet roads, surveys were displayed as features, and old fans everywhere were screaming, yearning even for new content. It got so bad that Ray even wrote a post about our lack of posts! In the shadows people heard whispers of a revival, but nothing came out of that, until just recently when Ray found it in himself to make an attempt to "get the band back together."

So here I am, a sunny day in late April, dusting off the keyboard and flexing my blogger muscles in hopes that we truly will come together and rise to our previous state of greatness. I do have to wonder though, is this newly found fire something that could keep us going strong, or is this simply just a taste of the past from the burps of those heavy Easter meals we had? Only time will tell, but I have to ask you this, my cool kids brethren, are we ready to saddle up and go the long haul, or are we just tumbling, and tumbling, and tumbling along. Let me know if I should start packing my stuff.

- Nazer


  1. i'm not sure there is a better description of smash than a 'battle of the gods'

  2. "Some may call it garbage, but for a lot of people many of these posts could be crowned as real works of art."

    lol great overview of this "life" project

  3. we've amassed more posts in the month of April than in all of 2010 (achievement)

  4. hmm needs more bukkake

  5. i like the tumbling....very clever

  6. this was the best recap entry any of us wrote