Monday, September 3, 2018

The 2018 IIIA State Of The Site Address

The Internet Is In America: 2011-2018?

By: Jimbo X

Well, here we are, kids — the SEVENTH anniversary of The Internet Is In America

I had no earthly idea this stupid web blog thing I started as a senior class assignment in college (for real) would go on this long, but here we are, still chugging along. 

Obviously, there's been some pretty big changes here at TIIIA over the last year or so. Updates have been a lot more sporadic and a lot of regular features — This Week in Social Justice Warrior-Dom, The Rocktagon Recap, Season In The Abyss, the NFL and NCAA football rankings — have simply fallen to the wayside. That's for a pretty straight-forward reason: because I just don't have the time as one person to run all that shit anymore. 

Trust me, I would LOVE to upload a 3,000-word article with like four or five GIFs in it everyday, but the hard math is just working against me. These days I'm putting in 12 hours a day at work and if I don't start spending more time with my GF, she'll probably leave me for some BBC. That means I've got to make sacrifices, and with time-energy at a premium, when it came time to start cutting corners this here website was first on the chopping block. 

Now, am I really closing shop for good? Eh, probably not. But the unavoidable reality is that I simply can't keep running The Internet Is In America as a regularly updated website without compromising the overall quality of the articles. And I'd much rather run nothing at all than run half-assed bullshit, so ... for the time being ... I'm calling it temporary quits

Of course, I'm not hanging the gloves up for good. I'll be back — probably sooner than later. But the days of TIIIA being a multi-faceted pop culture/social satire site with three or four high quality articles a week or a thing of the past. I mean, unless you fuckers start paying me enough for this thing to constitute  full-time gig, other things in life are going to take priority over me making dick jokes about the UFC, the Raiders and old junk food.

It's been fun, though. I write for about a million different websites and I think out of all of them, this one was the closest to representing how I truly felt about things. I still have a ton of articles I want to write, and I'm sure I'll get around to bringing them here eventually, but the daily slog just makes it an impossibility at the moment. 

It's been pretty rough the last couple of months. I've wanted to bring you folks some material, but it feels like I've just been churning out stuff for the sake of churning stuff out, which was never my M.O. I don't want to turn into some lazy-ass clickbait website, and I said a long time ago I'd never publish stuff just for the hitz. You deserve better, and rather than put out a substandard product, I'd rather shut down the factory until there was enough time to make that product outstanding again.

It sucks, for sure. I'd love to be writing these huge, long-ass articles and essays about sociopolitical issues, and it pains me to think this season, I just won't be able to give you live play-by-play coverage of Raiders games or UFC shows. But by that same token, it gives me something I haven't had in a long time ... an opportunity to simply enjoy things for what they are. I've never been one to take pride in being a spectator alone, but after seven years of producing high grade content on a quasi-daily basis, I need the relaxation

The September-December rush has always been peak time for The Internet Is In America, what, with football season and all the marquee MMA and boxing events and Halloween all happening at the same time. It's been a blast working my ass off to give you articles about UFC PPVs and vegetarian turkey dishes and obscure exploitation horror movies since '11, but guys, I need a fuckin' break. Hell, if I have enough time to reorganize, I might even come roaring back next fall with a full slate of material ... that is, if I get the time

And time is the key variable there. Like I said, I have a LOT of stuff on my professional plate, and simply put, this blog is going to have to take a hit out of sheer financial necessity. That's not to say it's too expensive to operate (because I don't spend any money operating it), it's just that personal economic responsibilities kinda' mean more to me right now that writing essays about Pop-Tarts and Sega Master System games. Yeah, I know ... what a sell-out, huh?

So yeah, all of that to say I'm going to miss writing for TIIIA, but like I said earlier, I'll be back ... eventually.

In the interim, try to enjoy your fall the best you can. May your football team (whoever it may be, unless it's the Chiefs, Broncos or Chargers) not suck, may your Halloween dish of seasonal candies never run out and here's to hoping that La Parka has a couple more great matches before Thanksgiving rolls around. 

I'll be seeing you soon, folks. Now try to enjoy your own lives for a change, why don't you?