Today is the end of Noodle Knobs as it currently exists.
I can’t tell you the sadness that I have typing that sentence. But along with the sadness comes a little bit of relief, a little bit of acknowledgement that it was about to be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back, a little bit of knowing that it’s time.
When we started Noodle Knobs, it was because we wanted a place to share the funny and ridiculous parts of parenthood–the parts that made us scratch our heads, that made us roll our eyes, and that made us laugh. Because, let’s face it–kids are weird, yo. And claiming them (and this whole parenting thing) as weird doesn’t diminish our love for them at all…it just means we’re sarcastic, silly people who happened to also have a kid. And we figured there were more people like us out there who would connect with the kind of absurdities that we found funny. And we did. Because here you are.
We always knew that Noodle Knobs was going to be a labor of love. Oh, sure, we had some ideas on how to make some money from the site (our never realized plan of selling the comics as prints, mugs, and the like. An army of NK merchandise set free in the world…ah the dreams that never come to be), but we knew that it was mostly going to be work with no real payoff other than personal satisfaction. But the AMOUNT of that labor was…well, it was a bit surprising. For me, I took the majority of the writing and the promotion (most of the FB and Twitter stuff came from me.). I dealt with guest posters, and a small bit of advertising and promoting, and generally tried to get people to read. N.C….well, N.C.’s part was harder. Every single post on Noodle Knobs came with an illustration, which took anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. And the comics? Well, the comics were a true labor of love. N.C. put his considerable talents into every comic, and they can take hours. Hours, that I’m sure you all know, that are in short supply with a toddler around.
In the end, it’s time that is our downfall. Time, in short supply to begin with. I work full time, have a side business, and have another blog besides this one. N.C. is home with the kid mostly-full time, while trying to have a full-time art and illustration career. In the end, every spare minute is battled for, fought over, doled out and counted. In the end, Noodle Knobs was the one place where we could scrape a few extra minutes for “the rest.”
And so Noodle Knobs as a website comes to an end. With a bit of a whimper (mine, most likely), and an enormous thank you to those of you who have read, and commented, and laughed, and shared, and commiserated. Thank you, thank you for making this so much fun. You’re our people.
However, we won’t be abandoning Noodle Knobs completely. All of the current Noodle Knobs material will be transferred over to my other site, Ramble Ramble where it will live comfortably until the end of time (or blogging, whichever comes first). N.C. will do the occasional Noodle Knobs guest post there in the form of a comic strip or illustration, as time and the inclination hit (He has a couple of comics in the works already that I know he wants to share), and I will write any posts I had planned for Noodle Knobs over at my site (an upcoming post I’m working on: Everything I Need To Know About Life I Learned Potty Training My Toddler).
So while we say goodbye to Noodle Knobs as its own distinct place, I hope if you’ve enjoyed what we have to say here, you’ll follow us as we move it to its new home. We’ll miss it here, but I promise we’ll keep it up over there.
And thank you, for all of you who read, and laughed, and commiserated and shared. You’re our kind of people.