This is what it comes down to………..

by Mike Kendra on August 16, 2013

Mike KendraI guess this has been a long time coming…

I haven’t made a serious post on SkirmishNotes in nearly a year, and prior to that I was MIA on many of my planned weekly posts…

The last year has been good to me! Have I been busy? Yes, quite!

Having a 9 to 5 job, a large forum to manage, and a family with 3 young boys tends to fill ones calendar fairly quickly.

Unfortunately, with my free time becoming less and less, I’ve limited my ability to do those extra things I once did.

I used to love to play video games on the internet, but it’s been like 10 years now since I’ve played. I have many fond memories of gaming, but it just doesn’t fit in my life at the moment.

I guess the same is now true of SkirmishNotes. I’d love to be writing new articles every month, it would probably be pretty fun, but I feel like I need to focus on the things that I’m currently doing, and do them well, if not, better than I have before.

So…. What does the future hold for Skirmishing and SkirmishNotes?

Well, I’m still checking my calendar every week to find shoots to attend, and I’ve been to a bunch this spring and fall. No reason to think that will change, I love shooting black powder!

As for SkirmishNotes, I’m not so sure what I’ll do. I don’t have the drive to run around all weekend at nationals to take pictures, I would rather spend my days off from work spending time with my wife and kids.

The writing for SkirmishNotes because a bit burdensome, not because of my workload, but because it’s hard to write about the same thing week after week and still sound fresh and interesting.

I found that my articles were stale and tired after so many months of writing. I don’t know how sports writers who write about baseball every day do it!

I also feel like I’m not cut out to be a media person, I’m not very comfortable interviewing people in person. That’s why many of my interviews were done as email questionnaires…

But overall, I think SkirmishNotes was a great experience, I had a lot of fun when I was doing it even if it did irritate my wife that I spent more time behind my camera then with her on Nationals weekends.

Thanks to everyone who has read, and/or done an interview for SkirmishNotes. I really appreciate all the effort you put into being a part of this site.

Now, if you are really desperate to talk about Civil War black powder arms, maybe you should join my main web site:

On my forum, we discuss all kinds of topics about small arms and artillery, and we’d be happy, I’d be happy to see you there. Membership is free! This is where I spend the majority of my current free time working and promoting.

So I guess the only question left is, will I bring SkirmishNotes back to life at some point? Definitely maybe.

That’s all for now. See you on the firing line, keep breaking clays!



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