Thursday, December 28

The State Of The CDP Speech - 2006.

Rockin' The Deck Party Since 1982.

"Let's Get Selfish!" By: theCDP.

Me and the Missus have been experimenting with podcasts for the last two weeks. Now that we have an iMac, complete with the amazing GarageBand program, it's never been easier for me to branch out in a new creative direction.

All I need now is some creativity.

I definitely want a weekly or monthly CDP Podcast to be a reality in 2007. I also want to further my video production skills and perhaps work on monthly YouTube clips, as well. Essentially, I want the CDP to expand into a more viable source of entertainment, humor, intelligence and creative output. Essays are just fine and good, but I believe if you have the tools to make something else, you should do so. I keep imagining what film representations of certain CDP essays would look like, and I cannot help but think that people would enjoy them.

You can also bet on a CDP book being released sometime next year, complete with old and new CDP classics. As of right now, there's already plenty of merch that nobody's purchasing, so I wanted to add another log to the proverbial fire. Fake it 'till you make it; that's what I always say.

A global empire cannot exist without initiative, however, and this is where I've been stewing for months. It's hard to brainstorm new ideas when your head feels as if it's been filled with concrete and set on fire. I swear to you, Sweeps Month is the absolute worst time of the year for me. It's not funny, it's a ton of work, it exists solely to fuel my OCD-nature, and nobody cares but me. I'm never doing it again; you have my word. When you exert an obscene amount of effort on something that generates nothing but indifference, you start to wonder if there was a better way to spend that time.

Same goes for Lost Friday. I know that I teased pulling the plug on it last season, but I can't help but do it again. As of today, it's a coin-flip as to if I'll be returning for the remainder of Season 3. I'm not saying that to simply generate interest, either. I genuinely don't know if I want to do it anymore.

On the bright side, the podcasts have been going good, with me and the Missus working on differing ideas, topics and an overall voice and image for the show. We've done over 3 hours of practice material over the last week, and we expect to go live as soon as possible; preferrably at the start of 2007. This onset of a new medium, however, makes me nervous. Once people actually get to sit down and hear the sort of person I am, they're also going to wonder why they wasted so much time at the CDP.

I never said I was a funny guy to be around. I can talk for hours without breathing, however.

Even with the promise of all these new options and outlets, the mantra for the CDP in 2007 is 'Minimize, Simplify and Enjoy.' If I want to take 3 weeks off to work on a film clip, I will. If I want to do nothing but podcasts for a month, I will. If I want to write cartoons, haikus and poetry 24/7, then that's exactly what I'm going to do. As long as it:

1 - Makes me happy. And,
2 - I find it entertaining.

I can't be funny when I'm depressed and burned out, so I'm going to eliminate the stressors and get more selfish. It will work out in the long run, I can assure you. You may not always have a new CDP post staring back at you every morning, but when you do, you'll like it a lot more.

After a few years of publishing 3-5 times a week, giving myself meaningless deadlines and spending more time than necessary on things I didn't care about, the clouds started to part. I had a moment of clarity and realized that all my work was hindering me. The world I've created for myself at the CDP was actually keeping me from venturing forth in my endeavors. I spent more time writing things because I thought I had to, not because I wanted to. There are so many better things I could be doing to make you and I happy, and there's no reason why I shouldn't be doing them.

From now on, I'm doing only what I want. This will made the CDP far more entertaining in 2007, I'm sure of it.

The hits will drop, the links will disappear, the fan mail will decrease, and the money will- well, I don't get any money, so that will stay the same.

It will all be worth it.

Thank you so much for making 2006 such a huge year in the lifespan and evolution of the CDP. Every comment, e-mail, kind word, criticism and insult make the CDP a better place to spend our collective time, and I appreciate it immensely. 7000 visitors a month can't be wrong, and even if they are, I don't want to be right.

Yes, things will be different here in 2007. By 'different,' I mean 'better than you.'

See you soon.


Preach on, preacher man!!!!!
"You've got-ta plan-ta seed-ah. A seed of faith-a."
Can I get a Hallelujah???


Can I get an Amen???


Don't worry...I'm keeping the faith.
See? It's all coming together now.
I love it when a plan comes together.

(cue A-Team theme)
hey there CDP. glad to hear you've found a way through the fog. looking forward to checking out your stuff in the new medium in the new year. do it your way...
Thank you sir. Everything's coming up Milhouse!
I'll still be here. It amuses me to watch you dance. So let's see a dance dance revolution!!
I will be sure to subscribe to your podcasts with my new ipod. That trip to Best Buy was not in vain. Thank you CDP.
same here. I have recently been ipodized in the name of progress and recognition of the 21st century.
Rad. I'm looking forward to the Podcasts. It's good to know that people will be listening to them.
I'm also going to listen to them...but backwards. That way I can expose you once and for all for the commie you are, using backwards masking to embed subliminal messages so you can corrupt the youth of this great nation.

Also, I hear you've been subliminally hiding a smashing recipe for pecan sandies, and I'm dying to get it.
All of the backwards-masked recipes are vegetarian, so they're delicious AND healthy!

Now that you've brought it up, I'm totally going to do it. Now that Saddam's dead, I have to the freedom to do as I please without fear of tyrannical backlash.
Now that Saddam's dead, I have to the freedom to do as I please without fear of tyrannical backlash.

Same kind of weight was lifted off me when I heard about James Brown.
It's been a big week for all of us.


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