Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wow... 6 months went by quickly!

Not sure if anyone at all is tuning in at this point. I ended up taking another 6 month hiatus from any entries here. Guinness World Record Paddle Pursuits took over my time and focus for a while there... that is what very little time that I have to spare from being a parent to 2 girls, a husband, and running and agency as well as booking and performing with 2 different acts. Whew!
As we all may be aware of, at this point, the last printed issue of JUGGLE magazine has been published. It is the end of a printed magazine for the US juggling community. They say that it "may" come back at some point, but I seriously doubt it. WIth printed media going the way of the dinosaur, I do not see one ever starting back up, once it is gone. There will be an eZine version that will have some cool features that a printed magazine could never have, but for me personally, I will miss getting a printed "trade or industry" magazine in the mail every so often. For many years, when I was very busy juggling and traveling all over the world and did not attend conventions at all (a period of about 12 years) this magazine was my "only" connection to the IJA and the juggling community at large. I relished every word, every photo and every story.
I must, at this point, give a big shout out to my long time friend and the whole reason that I joined the IJA, Bill Giduz. He was president of the IJA when I first met him as a total "newby" juggler. He not only was the President of the IJA, but he was also the Editor of the "Juggler's World" magazine, which was what the magazine was named before it became "Juggle" and edited by Alan Howard and published by Stan Allen. Bill put in years and years of excellent service asa President and Editor, and for those many hours he put in, I stand up, applaud and thank him.
To be honest, this was my introduction into the magical world of juggling. Having Bill close by, as a friend, afforded me a window into this world and a network of friends that has led me to where I am today. Bill would get the magazines published at a printer here in Charlotte, and he would recruit myself and my first juggling partner to help him stick all of the mailing labels onto the magazines before sending them out. As I had spent a lot of time reading back issues of the magazine and immersing myself into the juggling world, I got to know who the Big Names and Big Stars were in the juggling world. It was very exciting to come across the label of some famous or legendary juggling act and have the honor of knowing that the very magazine that I held and stuck the label on, was going to be in the hands of a famous juggler soon. I often wanted to put little post it notes, saying "Hello" in there to them, but never did. LOL.
So, needless to say, for me, this is yet another "end of an era" in the publishing of a printed magazine. As this blog was actually inspired from a column that used to exist in the old Juggler's World magazine, the ending of Juggle, has caused me to "re-think" and "re-evaluate" this blog. Seems like it may be a good time to bring it back to life... or not. I was never sure how much often it was being read or visited, but it seemed like it has the possibility of being a great resource for where to go and see Juggler/Variety acts as well as when to watch for them on TV.
Let me know what you think? Post a comment? Who is out there? Is anyone still reading this blog at all?


Warren said...

Please keep up the blog, I have enjoyed learning about various acts and performers that you have featured here. And yes Juggle will be missed, but, I hope that the new IJA eZine will continue to fill us with wonderful news and juggling excitement. Give Bill a high-five from me the next time you see him to thank him for his previous service to the IJA and his continuing service to the juggling community!
cheers - Warren

Juggling Joe said...

Glad you're back, Steve! I check your blog often, and really missed seeing posts. Keep it up... I have some material for you sometime soon to post, if you would.

Hope the paddle ball record for Guiness went well... I have some WR's I am attempting this year and next year.

David Carper said...

Glad to see you posting again. And yes, I've been checking in on occasion to see what's up.

I'll miss the magazine. I'm proud to have been a (small) part of it.

seasideshowman said...

Found this post through Dube's blog. Bring it on, Brother !! Build it and they will come !! We'll all tyr and help by feeding you some info from time to time. Thanks for your efforts in keeping Juggling top of mind.

Cap'n Mike, Seaside Showman
Myrtle Beach, SC
aka Alfresco Fetucini, Fettucini Brothers