This Is The End…Sort Of

by The Momma on May 15, 2012

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.

 

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Lisa May 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

Aw! :-( I am glad it is transferring to your site though, Ginger. I would miss everything if it disappeared for good! I know I wasn’t a regular commenter, but definitely a regular reader and I love N.C.’s illustrations.

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shasta May 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

Sorry to see you go! But I understand the whole not having enough time thing. At least there’s a new home! =)

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TechyDad May 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

Sorry to see it go, but I can understand about the time it takes. I don’t do illustrations (beyond tossing some photos together in PhotoScape and perhaps adding a humerous caption) and I sometimes question how I’m going to juggle a blog post with everything else I need to do.

I’m glad to hear that the NK content will move to Ramble Ramble (I’ve added that to my feed reader). Will NC still tweet at @noodleknobs?

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Lex May 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

It’s sad to see Noodle Knobs go, but totally understandable. It was fun while it lasted! (But, hey, you have the other blog, so all of us readers can take comfort in that :) )

Cheers~!

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Canadian Dad May 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Sorry to see you closing down the NK! I want to say a big Thank You for being the first site to let me guest post! I’ll never forget it.

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Dead Cow Girl May 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Sadface!!

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melanie jean juneau May 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

You did a PERFECT job and only posted the Best , even though you were stretched to your limit. It is always best to say good-bye when you are still at the top and you both were. Congradulations on am excellent chice. Your son will thank you.

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Kate May 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

Time is sanity. And, kids suck up your time and then leave you so exhausted that you have no energy for the time you have left. Sorry to see the NK go, but happy that you made the right sacrifice for you guys. Take care and we’ll see you at Ramble Ramble. You know I’m always there!

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