The Future
posted: October 12, 2010
Well, guys, I'm done. At midnight tonight.

I don't like being pushed out the door, but I'll be over it in a couple of days.

I still don't understand why. The email I got was bizarre and vague, about the good old days. People have told me that Zimmerman explained my expulsion in the members' only section. From what I hear, he's sort of saying that most members will be thrown out over the next 12 months, but he's murky about who.

Drawger started up in the spring of 2006, and I was invited to join in July of 2006, so I was there in the good old days, and there were no more than two dozen people here. It was nice but it did change.

In the years that followed, many people here enthusiastically sought new members, prominent names precisely because they would draw more attention to the site, attract more visitors. For the most part, I kept out of that. But I did post, not as much as a few other long-timers, but I posted a lot. Will other frequent posters be axed? Which ones?

If what Robert says is true, then there are a lot of people who are going to be surprised when their memberships come due. I count 106 members now on the Who's Here page. Will 70 or 80 be axed? How should people behave if they want to stay? Will people be hungry to stay if there are only a small group of friends who occasionally goof on each other?

It will be interesting if Robert follows through, because the number of members, and the number of page hits, and the number of comments -- none of them -- are very important in the grand scheme of things. It's his site, and he has every right to run it any way he wants. He can cut it down to 25, but he can also keep 105 people,  whomever pleases him.

He can keep prominent illustrators who post one joke a year; he can keep people who post an endless stream of pictures of the fabulous parties they go to.

It's nothing personal.

And all of you, come visit. My new blog is at, but you'll need a legit email to leave comments.