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.


Wednesday, December 27

Jingle Bell Rawk.

My good friend Benjamin works for a Wisconsin television station.

Sometimes they let him in front of the camera to spread a little Holiday cheer.

This is one of those times.

The final CDP post of the year arrives on Friday.

Things are going to get all weird, probably.