Many of you might be wondering why I haven’t posted my usual Wednesday Okie Funk piece today. Blue Oklahoma is, among other things, a mirror or companion blog for Okie Funk. That simply means what gets posted on Okie Funk gets posted on Blue Oklahoma.
The short answer is that the normal Wednesday Okie Funk post will appear on a different and much more popular site and in a different format tomorrow morning. I will then link to that post here. The longer answer is that I’m reformatting and rethinking how I want to proceed with Okie Funk, which I’ve published since 2004. I will continue to publish on this site in the foreseeable future, but its basic content might change somewhat and its frequency might be reduced. This could change, however, and I’m looking forward to listening to your views about it. You can always comment on this blog using Facebook.
As you know, I’ve never accepted any advertising on Okie Funk nor do I plan to do so in the future. This has helped to keep the blog free from outside interference. But now I do need supportive collaborators, new partners and a different direction. It has also NOT always been a labor of love to keep Okie Funk going. I’m a busy college English professor with administrative duties in my department, and that has always come first. For my detractors who believe I’m some ego-driven writer with a dysfunctional need for attention, I say, “Hey, people, you’re talkers. Talkers make me thirsty. Buy me two beers.” I concede the unevenness of my posts through the years, but I’ve done some good on this blog, which has been recognized locally and nationally.
It comes down this this: Even more change is on its way for this blog and for, really, many media outlets locally and nationally as all of us in our world culture still grapple with how to report the news and comment on it editorially with new technology advances and with the influence of the Internet and, of course, social media.
I’m not going away. I’m just reinventing myself once again.–Kurt Hochenauer