Another year has come and gone, dear readers. As always, I just wanted to say that I am grateful for everyone who allocates precious time to read my ramblings and listen to my YouTube musings. The next day is never promised, which is why I can not thank you enough for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.

With that said, I wanted to fill some long-time readers on the “state of the blog” since I have not been posting very much political fare these days. There are reasons for that and I want to be honest and forthright with you as to what to expect in the year to come.

Here is the truth: Political posts, which used to come naturally to me, now seem to take much more energy and focus to produce than ever before. I used to be able to wake up at 6:30 a.m., eat some breakfast, exercise, write a blog post, shower, shave, and then start my regular day at work. Sometimes I would knock out another post late at night or at least begin one that could be published the next morning.

That isn’t happening anymore. In the past two weeks there have probably been 10 stories I would have historically loved to write about — and probably would have stayed up until 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. to make it happen — but I find myself opting to read a book instead, or heading out for a quiet breakfast alone (my wife takes off for work much earlier than I do).

Anyway, I suppose a part of me is mulling over the best approach to writing in a political landscape where principled conservatives (or shall we just say classical liberals?) — are statistical outliers. Those who follow both my comic reviews and the explicitly political material know that both are geared towards promoting a strong and virtuous civil society, but it becomes harder to write on day-to-day politics when the vast majority of men have embraced an “ends justify the means” philosophy.

For readers who enjoy regular reviews of Marvel comic books, there will be no shortage of those in the year ahead. In fact, I will likely begin reviewing DC’s Batman: Detective Comics as well (it’s already added to my pull list). I may concentrate more on YouTube videos than written reviews for numerous reasons, but fresh content will be there in one form or another.

Finally, for those who have been subscribed long enough to remember the book I’ve been working on, the good news is that at this stage in the game I am in the process of acquiring quality artwork before seeking out a publisher. I have a good relationship with an artist, but he is a very busy man. I have no intention of rushing him. In short, the book exists and it will eventually see the light of day. You will be the first to know once it becomes available.

Again, thank you all for being a part of my life. I truly enjoy speaking with each and every one of you on a regular basis, and I look forward to many more years of talking comic books and politics in the comments section below.

Happy New Year!

Best,

Douglas

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

  1. Happy New Year Doug.

    I may not comment much at the moment but I am a Constant Reader. I can understand why you do not seem motivated to write political posts at the moment but I enjoy your posts.

    I wish you and your wife all the best for 2017 and look forward to your blog posts and your book.

    Andrew

    1. “Happy New Year Doug.”

      Thanks, man! You, too. Stay safe on the roads if you’ll be out and about.

      “I may not comment much at the moment but I am a Constant Reader. I can understand why you do not seem motivated to write political posts at the moment but I enjoy your posts.”

      Double thanks on being a regular reader. 😉 If there is any specific issue that resonates with you, then let me know. If I’m ever on the fence on a story one night, I may say to myself, “Andrew said this is up his alley. Let’s do it.”

      “I wish you and your wife all the best for 2017 and look forward to your blog posts and your book.”

      Likewise on your 2017 with friends and family.

  2. Happy New Year to you as well!

    I am also someone who doesn’t comment all that much, but I regularly keep tabs on this blog. I always appreciate your views on current matters. I’m definitely looking forward to your thoughts on Batman. There aren’t many conservative voices on the comic industry, and I’m glad this blog is here. Keep up the good work!

    1. “Happy New Year to you as well!”

      Thanks!

      “I am also someone who doesn’t comment all that much, but I regularly keep tabs on this blog. I always appreciate your views on current matters. I’m definitely looking forward to your thoughts on Batman. There aren’t many conservative voices on the comic industry, and I’m glad this blog is here. Keep up the good work!”

      Double-thanks. I recently bought the Deluxe Hardcover edition of DC’s “Rebirth” and really liked it. That was the tipping point to picking up Batman. I hope to hear from you a couple times as those reviews get rolling. 😉 Regardless, like I said, I’m just grateful to have guys like you regularly reading. Take care.

  3. That’s a pretty healthy take. I get so stressed out at work, I genuinely enjoy what I do, but find the company I work for…somewhat lacking, so I feel stuck…adding my love for philosophical discussion and political debate, I find I end up missing out on truly enjoyable things.

    I found your blog through a problem I had with the insertion of politics into comics, and I hope you continue to push back against that. The reason I don’t comment a lot on most of your comics posts is that I don’t read what you read, and I feel it’s a bit wrong for me to comment on something I haven’t read and studied myself, hopefully we can continue to discuss pop culture things here that we share, I’m always up for comic book movies, shows, sci fi…hope you get some of that in next year.

    Anyway, Happy New Year Doug, you’re a good man, and a good friend.

    1. “Anyway, Happy New Year Doug, you’re a good man, and a good friend.”

      Happy New Year, Chuck! The feeling is definitely mutual. 🙂

      Another reader sent me a private message on Twitter today and joked that he was going to smack me upside the head for doing away with political posts that aren’t related to comics. I assured him that they weren’t going completely by the wayside… It’s just that for whatever reason many of the kind of stories I used to comment on are harder to create in a way where I feel like I’m adding something worthwhile to the cultural discourse. We’ll see how it goes. I’m sure 2017 will have plenty of surprises in store for us.

  4. Detective Comics, woo-hoo, a good choice there Doug, it’s a really fun ensemble piece and the direction they’ve been taking Stephanie Brown and her grief-motivated mission in ensuring there are no more “victims” of Bruce’s mission is something I’d love to see discussed on here.

    Yes, it’s much easier to put the political thing to bed, pick your poisons where they’re concerned, the ones that you deem the most crucial of matters to talk about, that way you can gather up more energy and put a good case forward without being distracted by another topic.

    1. “Detective Comics, woo-hoo, a good choice there Doug, it’s a really fun ensemble piece and the direction they’ve been taking Stephanie Brown and her grief-motivated mission in ensuring there are no more ‘victims’ of Bruce’s mission is something I’d love to see discussed on here.”

      I’ll be leaning on guys like you as a crutch for the first few reviews (at least). I’m looking forward to hearing what all of you guys think.

  5. A late Happy New Year to you and yours. I haven’t checked out your blog in awhile, but glad to see it is trucking along.

    I am still looking for a Luke Cage review. I finally watched every episode and thought it was an awesome series. Marvel/Netflix has been outstanding and I am looking forward to Iron Fist and the Defenders.

    I also enjoyed Rogue One more than I thought I would. It was a much better movie when compared to the Force Awakens.

    Once again all the best to you and I will check in again on your blog again.

    1. “A late Happy New Year to you and yours. I haven’t checked out your blog in awhile, but glad to see it is trucking along.”

      Happy New year, Scot. Thanks for checking in!

      “I am still looking for a Luke Cage review. I finally watched every episode and thought it was an awesome series. Marvel/Netflix has been outstanding and I am looking forward to Iron Fist and the Defenders.”

      The funny thing is that I probably would have watched a chunk of episodes this week but a guy I met through the blog actually flew into NYC this weekend and we met up for lunch and a trip to the comic shop. Haha. I also had to see the movie “Silence” so I could review it for another website. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to Luke Cage. I didn’t really read him growing up, but I did think he was pretty cool on Jessica Jones. I’d like to give it a go one weekend.

      “Once again all the best to you and I will check in again on your blog again.”

      Thanks!

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