The 1000th Post

One-thousand posts.  Think about that for a few moments.  One-thousand posts spread out over 7 years.  Yes, there are people who have made many more posts on their blog if they lasted 7 years.  But, it is a noteworthy achievement nonetheless.  A thousand posts takes perseverance and dogged determination, even if I do say so myself. There have been posts about dogs, cats, presidents, wars, the paranormal, divorce, death, best friends, new friends and almost every topic you can name has been discussed here.  I never would settle on a niche for David's Musings.  I felt that restricted me and my ability to write.  So, this is one of the few "no-niche" blogs in cyberspace.  I have had comments, in the early years, that encouraged me to keep writing and keep blogging.  So, I did just that.  I kept blogging through good health and bad health, when I was sad and when I was happy.  I grew frustrated enough to where I quit for six months and nearly deleted the blog.  But, I came back in early 2011 and restarted the blog.  There will be no restart of this blog this time.  As I have stated repeatedly, this blog will be dormant except for guest posts on the paranormal and the occasional post from a staff member.  

I've spent several days trying to think what to put in a thousandth post.  I have no experience in this, obviously.  A thousand posts, in one blog, can say a lot of things about a person.  It can say the blogger has something to say.  Or possibly he feels someone will recognize he is an outstanding writer.  I've gotten accolades for both.  I enjoy talking about my past and my experiences.  That took up a lot of these 1000 posts on this blog.  Eventually, you start running out of things to say about yourself.  You run out of things to say...period.  When that time comes (as it has come to me in this blog), then it is time to turn the page.  I have turned this blog over into some very capable hands who will administer and continue to answer questions in email or comments.  If I had not found people who would take care of this blog, I would have just shut it down completely.  To allow people to run amok with spam comments would have been an injustice to this 7 year old blog.  Therefore, this blog will remain open for reading, comments and, of course, guest posting on the paranormal topic.  

In summary, this is a proud moment to share.  One-thousand posts is nothing to sneeze at for any reason.  It is worth noting and I feel I have done that now.  With that thought in mind, I encourage visitors to explore the posts in this blog by typing in a topic in the search bar in the top-right.  Explore, read and enjoy.  If you have any comments, by all means share them as well.  One-thousand posts.  I like typing that!

Editor's Note:  Next post will be Easter Sunday, April 5th, celebrating the 7th anniversary of this blog.

JD Weldy


My Beagle Ralph

Since this is the final full month and 999th post on David's Musings, I would be remiss to not mention my now 7 year old beagle, Ralph.  I got Ralph when he was six weeks old in April of 2008.  He was a handful at first.  When people were involved in this blog, at the very start, everyone wanted to know about Ralph more so than they did me!  Ralph has been mentioned numerous times.  I even had a series with Ralph a couple of years ago entitled "On The Road With Ralph."  We went on visits to Civil War Memorials around the south on that trip.   Ralph was a joy and a real pain on that trip.  I never plan on doing that again.  But, Ralph eased the long monotonous trips on the interstate.  Ralph even had an escape from the backyard.  I thought I had lost him forever.  I chronicled that story in "Ralph:  The Great Escape."  I get sick just thinking about that incident.  Ralph and I have been through some really tough times together.  He actually helped me through my divorce.  Ralph was just there for me to take my mind off things.  He was with me during the hellacious day of August 29, 2005, the day Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast (and, yes, Katrina affected more than just New Orleans that day).  

Ralph has hip problems now.  He is getting medication to deal with it.  In fact, he has surgery scheduled for April 10th.  It will not be cheap.  But, he is my best friend.  I have to help him as much as I possibly can.  At 7 years of age, Ralph is a middle-aged dog now.  So, like me, he is going to have health problems.  Putting him down is out of the question.  So, don't even go there.  In short, Ralph has been a truly good friend to me, even if he does drive me crazy sometimes.  He no longer chews on furniture or bark at every bird that lands in our backyard.  But, if you are an intruder, you best consider leaving.  Ralph is an excellent watchdog.  In a way, Ralph is as much the owner of this blog as I am.  He has been a part of it from the start.  Just type in Ralph in the search bar above-right to see how many stories are about him over the years.  He may not be happy about us leaving this blog.  But, he and I both need to move on now.

Editor's Note:  This will be the only post this week.  The next post will be on March 30th, next Monday, celebrating the 1000th post on this blog.  After that, there will be two more posts on the 7th anniversary and a farewell post from JD Weldy.


Family Album - 5

This is the final installment of this series that was started way back in 2009.  I restarted it late last year.  I have gone over the family album to find a most fitting person to discuss in this the last installment of the Family Album series.  I have settled on a man named Leonard Shelly.  Leonard was another in a long line of family friends who made it into our family album over the years. Leonard was a friend of one of my uncles. He was not someone with whom you would want to get on the wrong side of for any reason.  For that reason alone, I still don't understand why he was placed in the family album so long ago by someone.  Leonard Shelly was a professional thief, by trade, who stole everything from jewelry to silverware to cash in your home.  The picture I'm looking at shows him standing beside a new 1955 Ford Fairlane in November of 1955.  It's entirely possible he either stole that car or swindled it out of a dealer somehow.  I have no idea who took the picture.

Leonard also had a violent streak in him.  If you tried to scam him out of money for merchandize he had stolen, you paid a price.  I have no idea if someone paid the ultimate price for their dealings with him.  But, based on everything I heard about him over the years, it wouldn't surprise me.  As an example, my uncle told me once that Leonard stole  expensive dining room silverware from a wealthy man's home with whom he was trying to scam money from on a business venture.  The silverware was pure silver which would net him a hefty amount of cash from the right person.  After he got that silverware, Leonard abandoned his idea of scamming money on a business venture with this man.  He sold the silverware to a pawnshop owner who assured him he was getting top dollar for this merchandize.  Leonard later found out the man had, in fact, scammed him by giving him about only 10% of what the silverware was worth.  Leonard paid that man a visit when he was closing up his shop 3 days later.  The pawn shop owner was beaten almost beyond recognition.  He had a fractured skull, both broken arms and multiple contusions on his face and chest. Somehow that man survived.  Leonard Shelley went to prison for two years for this incident.

When he got out, he had made connections with assorted crime syndicates in the Midwest.  This is what ultimately led to his undoing.  Leonard was making more money than he ever dreamed of making in the early to mid 60s.  He had gotten into selling drugs which a Chicago mobster warned him not to do....ever.  Leonard never let anyone tell him what to do, regardless of the danger to himself.  Leonard Shelley was found shot to death inside a warehouse in St. Louis, MO in 1965.  He had a double tap to the back of his head, a clear signal it was a mob hit. 

Leonard Shelley lived as he died, a violent lifestyle followed tragically by a violent death.  He was 36 years old when he was murdered.


Lasting Impressions From This Blog

There are a lot of things I will take with me as I take my leave of this blog next month.  As I have stated many times, you get to meet the same kind of people blogging as you do in the real world.  The only difference is that people in cyberspace are quicker to lose their temper than they would in a real life situation.  That doesn't apply to every situation, of course.  But, for the most part, people behind a computer screen are a lot braver than they are face to face. That is something that I will always remember no matter where I go.  I discovered this truth very quickly on David's Musings.  Some mighty brave people out there sitting in their office chair behind the computer screen.  I termed the phrase "Internet Cowboy" for these folks. Since that time, I have discovered others use that term to describe people who are all rough and tough behind the computer screen.  It is a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze me.

Another thing that amazes me is how blogging can bring out the "inner writer" in you.  When I first started this blog, writing a novel was the furthermost thing from my mind.  Oh, it had always been a goal of mine.  But, because of my lack of education, I thought writing and publishing a novel was beyond my reach.  Thanks to today's technology and, yes, to this blog, I achieved my goal of writing and publishing my apocalyptic thriller, "Diary:  Alone on Earth."  It never achieved the success I dreamed about continually.  But, reaching my goal was payment enough in and of itself.  I am convinced if I had not started this blog, I would never have had the intestinal fortitude to actually have that eBook published.  That is something I will always think about when I think of David's Musings.

I also must mention the freedom to express myself this blog has given me.  I spoke of things, about myself that I have never shared with family members or close friends.  I know it is weird to say that when you share private information to total strangers on the internet.  I guess the rationale for this is that chances are extremely rare I will ever meet someone from cyberspace.  Now, I have met others I have become acquainted with via email.  But, I have never met anyone from interaction on this blog.  Blogging gives you that freedom to let loose and let the chips fall as they may.

I have enjoyed this little blog.  Letting go of David's Musings is like losing an old, close friend in a lot of ways. It reminds me of a line from Red in "Shawshank Redemption" (a movie I just love).  "But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend."  I guess I will too, Red.


Blogging Is A Learning Experience

As we continue on with the countdown to the 1000th post of this blog, I have to say blogging is definitely a learning experience.  Like with anything in life, there is a learning curve.  My first few posts, as I look back at them now, were almost laughable.  I was revealing things that were better left unsaid.  But, I have decided to leave them as they are in their present form.  Why?  To better illustrate the point that blogging can teach us things about ourselves.  For example, I had an interaction with an obnoxious lawyer (yeah, I know some will say that is being redundant, but bear with me).  As I look back at my reply to him, I was shocked at how angry I was.  What was the point of insulting him as he insulted me?  I had lowered myself down to his level (again, lawyer haters, bear with me).  I had been tempted to edit out some of the more verbose exchanges I had with people, such as with the lawyer.  But, I'm going to leave them as they are.  I was experiencing a learning curve in the blogging world.  Over the past seven years (as of April 5 of this year), I have had lots of back and forth with people on this blog.  My dealings with them taught me a lot.  One of the most important things I have learned about blogging is to interact with people as if you were talking to them in the real world.  People are different behind a computer screen.  That's something you learn fairly quickly.

Another lesson I have learned, you get out of blogging exactly what you put into it.  Like with anything else in life, you have to "earn it."  Now, I don't have nearly the comments as I once did here for basically two reasons.  One, I don't participate in other blogs as I once did.  I just am burned out from that experience.  But, that doesn't mean I don't read what they post.  If you want comments on your blog, you have to comment on other blogs.  It's that simple.  Two, blogging in general is in a downward spiral....again.  That doesn't mean that blogging is going to die off.  There will always be a place for a blog in some form or fashion.  But, blogging will never see its heyday as it did at the turn of the 21st Century.  Thusly, less and less people are reading and making comments on blogs.

Something else I learned...just as there are in the real world, there are some outstanding people that blog.  One of those people was a guy who would comment in the early days of this blog.  Matt was blog owner of "Matt-Speak."   He was a dynamite blogger and blogger hasn't been the same since.  I truly miss both him and his sister.  Another guy, who introduced himself, Art Nalley, commented on the Woolmarket series I started.  I ended that series about the middle of January.  I would wager if I had stayed in Woolmarket, MS, Art and I would have been lifelong friends.  I also made a post on AFSOUTH, in Naples, Italy.  That brought people from all walks of life who were stationed there at one time or another.  The biggest shock to me was the son of the Company Commander who I loathed made a comment here.  I hated that man.  But, as I have grown older, that hate, that loathing has left me now.  Everyone is a product of what they have accumulated in experiences over the years.  So, blogging has introduced me to much over the past seven years.  I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything.


Blog Update for March 2015

The final blog update for David's Musings.  There honestly isn't much to update.  I've already repeated this blog is winding down and that active participation by me will come to an end early next month.  I will basically do three final things for this blog.  I will do the 1000th post, the 7th anniversary post and a farewell post.  Once I do that farewell post, I will leave this blog in the capable hands of a webmaster, three writers and a blog owner.  I will remain as primary blog owner.  But, any profits that come from advertising will go to the above individuals.  I have received email from individuals asking why I am leaving.  There are personal and business reasons involved.  I won't go into the business reasons.  But, from a personal standpoint, I've done all I can do at David's Musings.  After nearly 1000 posts and nearly 7 years, I need to just move on to something else.  That something (at least for now) is my retirement blog.  I will concentrate on that.

David's Musings is ancient by blog standards.  Many other blogs were started the same time this one was started.  Most of those are now abandoned and neglected.  I go by some and see there are no new posts since 2010 or 2011 and I think how sad that is.  At least give a goodbye post.  Blogging can be extremely frustrating.  I get that.  But, give your blog an ending point at least.  I find it interesting that few new blogs are starting on both major blogging platforms, Blogger and Wordpress.  As stated before, blogging enjoys peaks and valleys.  I think we may be in a deep valley right now.  Whether or not blogging rises again, no one really knows the answer.  We'll just have to wait and see.  Also, this Friday, I will post my final installment in the "Family Album" series.  I truly regret not continuing that series.  It is just now getting popular.  So, until Friday, have a great week.


The First Days of This Blog

Oh, I remember it like it was nearly seven years ago.  Well, in fact, it was nearly seven years ago when I first started up this blog.  I honestly didn't know what I wanted to do with this blog at first.  I wasn't even sure I wanted to name it "David's Musings."   I was thinking of naming it "Rants From David."  I was going to do that until I figured out all my posts would not be "rants."  So, I scratched that idea fairly quickly.  I even contemplated naming this blog "Wisdom from an Old Guy."   Aaaaaah....no.  So, I just settled on the present day name of David's Musings. With the naming of the blog out of the way, I decided to make the initial post.  You can read that very first post of David's Musings HERE.   If you read that first post, you can see where I was really confused and just a wee bit intimidated by it all.  I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with this blog.  Most blogs have a niche they cover like Real Estate, Money Making, or even Scrapbooking.  I never developed one particular niche for this blog.  I saw no need for it.  I mean, why limit yourself that way?  So, I decided I would write about anything and everything.  I mostly wrote about myself in the early days of this blog.  I wrote about a dog attack at a cabin resort in North Alabama when I was married.  I wrote about myself and my own personal struggles in life, about my first car and so on.  That got old quick.

In that first month (April 2008) I had 33 posts!!!  Sometimes I had as many as 3 posts in one day, incredibly enough.  I was getting burned out pretty quickly.  So, I decided to cool it to just one post a day.  That actually was the deal for the first three months.  You would have to go back to the first three months to see what I found to talk about.  I started writing about anything that struck my fancy, including odd news stories.  I wasn't sure which way I was going to go with this little blog.  I just kept writing stuff.  Little did I know I would still be writing "stuff" seven years later.  But, here I am, at the very end of this blog's active life writing the last few posts.  As I have stated before, I put this blog in moth balls (offline) for about six months in late 2010 to early 2011.  I came close to deleting this blog.  But, backed off that decision about two different times.  I'm glad I didn't do that.  One of the things that surprised me was people actually commenting on my posts.  It pleased me that strangers would take time to stop and comment on my blog.  Most were really nice and helpful for a new blogger.  Others were....well, let's just say they reflected that segment of society that are called assholes.  That's as polite as I can put it.

After those first three months, I tried my hand at making money.  I tried Adsense and failed miserably.  I might have earned $3.00 a month at most.  My traffic wasn't up to par.  So, that had a lot to do with it.  I met some people who offered to help me make money.  But, I decided it would be best if I just try and generate traffic first.  Traffic eventually picked up.  But, it was a long process.  So, while this blog has good traffic going for it, the comments have fallen off dramatically.  I attribute a lot of that to the decline of blogging in general.  So, the first days of this blog were exciting, a learning process and a means to express myself.  I certainly did the latter quite a bit.  There will be more on this topic of the history of this blog, David's Musings, in future posts this month as we count down to the 1000th post and 7th year anniversary of this little blog. 


The Last Full Month of This Blog

Today is March 2, 2015.  This marks the beginning of the end of this blog.  We start our final month as active participants on David's Musings.  It's hard to believe at times.  But, the decision is final.  After nearly 7 years and soon to be 1000 posts, we are reaching the finish line for this old blog.  Active participation by me, JD Weldy, will come to an end next month.  An agreement was reached with blog staff and one other blog owner on this decision.  This blog will have guest posts once or twice monthly on the paranormal/supernatural topic.  That is an extremely popular topic on this blog.  I am sorry I waited until December of 2013 to wait on allowing guest posting on this subject.  Some of the posts were not as popular as I had hoped.  Still others have been wildly popular.  I get more hits on this one topic in one day than the majority of blogs get in a week. 

I put this blog in moth balls for about six months back in 2011.  But, I started it back up and don't regret doing so.  It's just time to move on.  Once you get to a thousand posts, you need to find something else to do in a blog.  For the rest of the month, I will probably do some reminiscing on this blog and some of the people I have come across over the past 7 years.  I don't expect any of the original posters to come back.  I think most have left the blogging world for one reason or another.  Blogging itself has peaks and valleys.  Just when you think blogging is dead, it makes a comeback.  Just when you think blogging is alive and well, it starts dying off.  I will devote most of my time to my retirement blog.  But, I don't know how long I will do that.  I will continue that blog as long as I enjoy it.

In any case, I hope regular visitors will continue to subscribe to the blog and to the paranormal/supernatural topic.  This blog has some interesting articles and I'm sure you will find many delightful, heart warming and interesting articles. 

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