Well, I think this blog is going back into storage, folks.
I’m just not following the remaining four soaps very much. I do watch DAYS occasionally (to my great surprise) but that’s about it.
And there are SO many serialized shows elsewhere that there’s nothing terribly specific, or special, about this blog’s coverage of them.
I do think there’s more moments where we can celebrate memories and great stories of the shows we love, but quite frankly, far fewer people are reading blogs in general, and far fewer see this one in particular.
The chat about those great memories and old favorites are happening mostly on social media.
I’ve had joyful moments in the last few years watching Another World, As The World Turns and – the one that will forever be admittedly closest to my heart – Guiding Light.
But those moments are mostly in solitude, watching flickering images on YouTube, reacting with the joy of rediscovery, tinged with nostalgia and a sense of time gone by.
In the present day, I’ll still be keeping a toe in the serial storytelling world. I hope to be part of a soap related project in the next few years.
So, is that all there is? Never say never, of course. If Roger Thorpe could crawl up the side of a cliff, anything is possible.
Thanks for reading, as always.
I’d like to offer my appreciation to all the people – writers, producers, crew and all the support staff – behind the scenes at the various shows, past and present.
I began writing about these shows almost 15 years ago — first as a fan, and then within a more academic context. In that time, I’ve developed a much better understanding of all of the intricacies of writing and producing 200+ hours of TV every year.
If I can say one thing for sure that’s different than when I started circa 2005, it’s that I better understand that creative decisions aren’t one person or one team, but a series of stakeholders that can be dizzying in number.
It’s not to say that there haven’t been legitimate criticisms, or that I shouldn’t have asked the questions, of course — just that the answers, or the blame, were never quite as simple as those of us in the cheap seats sometimes believed them to be.
And also, special thanks to Sam Ford, Elana Levine and especially Lynn Liccardo, who continue to inspire me with their work, and who have all been kind in their comments and encouragement over the years. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do.
EDITED TO ADD: I would be remiss if I did not also mention Roger Newcomb, whose We Love Soaps site has been a great source of information and historical clips and documents for many of us – as well as his work in trying to nudge serialized stories forward on the Web. He’s worked tirelessly for years and deserves great thanks for all that he’s done.