State of the Blog: Fall 2010 – Guest Bloggers Wanted!

There are a couple of changes coming up that are going to impact my blogging activity.

The first is that I’m starting a new job on Monday. I’ll be focused on getting up to speed (pun not intended), and the longer commute will leave me with less free time. And depending on their policy on personal internet use, I probably won’t be checking comics news on my breaks.

As for the second change, I’ve mentioned my wife from time to time, such as our Comic-Con costumes, her homemade Flash cupcakes, etc. I’ve been keeping quiet about something…well, here’s a recent photo:

That’s right, we’re expecting our first child in late November/early December! We’re at the point where we need to really focus on getting the place ready, and of course once the baby arrives, I won’t have much time for blogging for a while.

The Near Future of Speed Force

Speed Force won’t be going on hiatus, though. Devin will continue to post, and I’ll pop on when I have time. I’ve got a few “rerun” posts from K-Squared Ramblings that I didn’t use the last time I took some time off, so I can set those up.

But here’s the big thing:

I’m inviting you as guest bloggers!

Taking a cue from Collected Editions, I’d like to highlight other voices from Flash fandom. Here’s the kind of post I’m looking for:

  • Something about the Flash, another speedster, or a related character. (Max Mercury, Impulse and Jesse Quick are fair game. The Rogues are fair game. Quicksilver, Sonic the Hedgehog, Stephanie Powell from No Ordinary Family, Daphne or Edgar from Heroes are all fair game. Even the lead from Stan Lee’s Lightspeed if you can stand watching it.)
  • Something that’s not time-critical. Your post might go up anytime between mid-November and January. Speculation on the end of “The Dastardly Death of the Rogues” is not a good idea! But there’s 70 years’ worth of Flash material alone.
  • A mix of topics would be great. Review a trade paperback, submit photos of your fan costume, write up how to make your fan costume, talk about your favorite writer or artist, show off a convention sketch or commission, tell the story behind your favorite item of Flash memorabilia, explain what you like about your favorite speedster or Rogue, write up your favorite Flash story, etc.
  • Don’t be nasty. You can be negative if you want, but please don’t start griping about “Boring Allen” or crowing about how Wally is a pale imitation of the “real Flash.” Similarly, no personal insults toward writers, artists or fans. (Dan Didio, however, is fair game. Just kidding.)

If you’re interested in writing a guest post for Speed Force, please email me at speedforce – at – pobox – dot – com or let me know through the contact form. Include the topic(s) you’d like to write about (but feel free to change your mind later if you think of something better).

Please try to send in your post by November 15. I’d like to have as many as possible banked and ready to go.

Thanks to everyone who has followed along with this site for the last two years!


20 thoughts on “State of the Blog: Fall 2010 – Guest Bloggers Wanted!

  1. Married Guy


    Now, if you PM me on the Geoff Johns boards with your postal address and I can mail off a present!!

  2. Kyer

    Oo..little ankle nipper on the way?

    You will, naturally, outfit the tyke in Flash wear? Not Flash Diapers….that would be disgusting beyond words; no, I’m talking Flash onesies and beanie caps.

    There are cloth Flash banners available for decorating the baby room walls and for bedding—can’t start off a new fan too early, you know. Got to get to them fast before they *gasp* become a fan of Barney The Dinosaur or something else equally as heinous and that’s just too terrifying to contemplate.

    Make sure you insulate any windows against lightning strikes….don’t want to tempt fate here.

    Now, it may sound tempting, but Instant-Mix Milk and ready-made Flash Cakes are not the way to go. Go for the real stuff. Your baby will need whole food because their metabolisms are so high. Lots of red and golden delicious apple sauce is good to start off with after the milk.

    Good luck and…oh…start stocking up on all the sleep you can now. You’ll appreciate this later. ;P

  3. Flash Bulletin

    Congratulations!!! I also do not have much time to take care of my blog (Flash Bulletin), the only blog that is dedicated to Flash in Italy and is written in Italian. So, I understand you perfectly. If I get time, I will be happy to send you a post like that you need.

  4. Perplexio

    Congratulations! My wife & I just had our first child in June 09. They bring so much change– some changes you’re probably expecting and some that you likely never would have anticipated. Are you and your wife finding out the gender beforehand or are you going the surprise route?

  5. saranga

    congratulations! make sure you dress the kid up as a lil impulse as soon as you can!

    I won’t be able to provide anything – too busy with my own blogs – but i wish you luck in securing contributions!

  6. West

    *wells up*

    Pretty awesome. Congratulations.
    So,…I look forward to hearing if you name the lil one “Iris” or “Jai”.

  7. Mark Engblom

    Glad to hear there’s a little “Kid Flash” on the way…congratulations! You’re short term plan for the blog is great…but speaking from experience, hobbies and sideline activities usually go bye-bye once the baby comes along. Not to say you won’t make time for the blog…but you’ll either want to spend that time with the baby…or just too tired to do it. Not to be a downer…just trying to give you the benefit of my own experience.

    I’m sure you and your wife will make wonderful parents. What an adventure!

  8. The Irredeemable Shag

    Kelson – Congrats! That is phenomenal news! My daughter was born in 2006 and I can attest to the life changing time management you’ll need.

    Have no fear, things will settle down and you should be able to resume your normal geeking out duties. It’ll just be after both your wife and child have gone to bed (note I’m writing this at 12:30am). Just give up sleep. It’s really what’s best for us fans of SPEED FORCE. Don’t you think? 😉

    In all seriousness, congrats! The child will be the best thing that ever happened to you. I promise!

    The Irredeemable Shag

  9. KC Flash

    I am so very happy for you both :))))) Your child will be blessed with a family that has a love for education and the joy of reading. Many blessings to you and yours during this time of great expectations…


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