I assure you, this is a Baseball/Card/TNB Blog type post. Just humor me here at first as I attempt to make my point.
At one time in my life, 24 held the title of "Favorite Television Show of All Time".
So did this...
and obviously this...
And especially this....
Quantum Leap, Sliders, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and tons of others. ("Six Feet Under still runs a close second to the reigning champion.)
My current favorite show of all time is Lost. I love it! I can't get enough of it!
Not long ago, the masterminds behind Lost, Damon Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse made the official announcement that they know how the series will end. They have a definite timeline of what they intend to produce and how the ending will play out.
At first, this infuriated me, simply because I don't ever want this show to end. After doing some "soul searching" about it, I found this to be one of the smartest things that any tv show has ever done.
Too often good shows are ruined by bad series ending episodes. Seinfeld definitely comes to mind. The show was phenomenally funny but the last episode was horrible. 24 started out extremely strong but has suffered in the last few seasons because the writers often have no idea where they are going. The tend to write themselves into a corner and then the plots they have to implement to get them out tend to be outlandish or unbelievable.
I don't think that everything should always have an end in sight. I think that in most cases (outside of television) it lends to the credibility of the work itself. It allows the creative thinking of the author to run rampant, to maintain a sense of "freshness", for lack of better words.
With all of that being said...
I know how Treasure Never Buried will end.
I've debated on this for quite some time and I've discussed it with my wife to get an outside point of view. I don't know exactly when, but I do know how.
I found a blog a few months ago while clicking my beloved "StumbleUpon" button. Seriously, if you've never used StumbleUpon, you're missing out. It's outstandingly fun! You never know where you'll end up. And, don't be surprised if you find your own blog along the way. I try to "stumble" every single post I read from you guys to get us into a bigger audience.
Anyway, the blog I found was "dead". The author had posted almost a year ago that the blog was complete. She makes the statement that the blog began with a goal in mind and that it had run it's course. I feel the same way about TNB.
It struck me as odd considering that out of all our blogs no one really writes in the manner of having an end in site. With the exception of the blogs devoted to displaying a particular set, most card blogs are open ended.
But, I don't feel that this is the case with Treasure Never Buried. My blog began as the chronicle of bringing my son into collecting. And while we've had a blast doing it, I can see where outside influences from other things have kept him from diving in 100%. I feel as he gets older that this will change but for now, I've set out to do everything I intended to do concerning him.
Thus you find the title of the first chapter of TNB complete.
There will be posts in the future about Connor and his collecting but the focus of TNB will now shift to what I've always anticipated after we finished his set of 1990 Topps. It will now begin Chapter two.
I won't go into great detail because that would ruin the fun and the suspense of all the tomorrows I've yet write. But, once this phase is complete, I intend to move on to the third and final chapter of TNB.
Once again, I won't even begin to give away the ideas I have for that phase of TNB's existence. But, suffice it to say, I'll shrink my collection down to only the things I want to keep. Lots of other people will "win". And, what I collect/purchase will change dramatically. I probably won't ever quit collecting. And I have no intentions of ever ending HaveWant. Long after TNB is gone, HaveWant will still be kicking around.
Once that is complete, Treasure Never Buried will close it doors forever.
You haven't gotten rid of me that easily. This is where I need your help. This is where I want your advice. This is where I say, "I don't know what I want to do afterwards."
I plan on implementing a new poll soon to allow readers to vote on what they would like to see me move into next. Your comments will basically build the vote categories. I will continue to blog, only not about sports or collectibles. I feel like I can write, but I've almost exhausted all that I have to say about the subject. I feel most days that I'm regurgitating much better posts written by all of you.
For those days that I do feel the collector-blogging urge I'll sit down and pen something for The Cardboard Connection. (I'll be submitting my newest feature there soon...Thermometer or Thermostat.)
I love collecting, but I assure you that after I have finished these three chapters of TNB I will have nothing more to say. I've mapped out in my head the things I want to accomplish. If the first chapter is any indication, you can expect to TNB to keep going for at least another year. That is unless if I am more successful in accomplishing my goals on the next two phases.
My dream is to become a writer. But I honest-to-God don't know what I want to write about. I don't have an area of expertise. I know I'm not near as good as the competition I'll face, but I want to "BE" a writer and I don't know where to start.
This is where you come in. You guys know me better than I concerning how my work so far has been perceived. You know how my head works because you've read 200+ posts from me since May of this year.
What do you think? Where should I go? What should I do? I know who I want to be...I just don't know how to get there.