Second to last Okiedoke post

June 10th, 2009

Today I take a big step toward accomplishing one of two major goals I set for myself decades ago as a young buck. That step is to idle this blog. And it’s not a step I take lightly, for I’ve enjoyed my time as an “Okie blogger”. I feel Okiedoke had a good run of almost six years, officially launching on July 4th, 2003. Although I will concede the effort, and quality, were lacking the past couple of years.

This blog has always been about me. Indeed, it has been argued that everything a person does in life is to make themselves feel better. When I sacrifice my time volunteering for some civic duty, it makes me feel better about myself. When I put a check in the mail to some organization, I am a little more comfortable while snacking in my air conditioned living room watching pictures of people suffering on TV. When I draw attention to others in the Oklahoma blogosphere, I too, gain from the exposure.

And Okiedoke has received more than its share of exposure. Who would’ve thought that a mis-educated, grammatically challenged smart-ass like me could produce an Oklahoma oriented blog that folks would notice? And return to. For the record:

  • Okiedoke has used three different types of software to manage content: WebAPP, b2, and, since July 2004, WordPress.
  • Blog traffic peaked in 2007 with 130,000 page views a month.
  • Noted in “foreign” newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post. And covered in local newspapers ranging from dailies like The Oklahoman to weeklies like the Oklahoma Gazette.
  • Featured in Oklahoma Magazine and Oklahoma Today.
  • Exposure in television media including KWTV, KOCO, and NBC. (One of my photos on this blog was sold to NBC News and featured in a prime time broadcast.)
  • Originated the Okie Blog Awards.
  • Conducted the state’s first Sexiest Power Women contest.
  • Organized the first Okie Blogger Round-up.
  • Publicly embarrassed myself 1,362 times. (That I know of.)

Yep, this blog has had its moments. But it’s time to put ‘Okiedoke Mike’ to rest and move on to a new adventure in writing, my remaining goal in life, to author a book. It’s a project that I’ve kept in the back of my mind for decades, and for just as long, have been accumulating information about. The proper inspiration has finally kicked in and as I dig through the boxes of musty archives, my mind seems to be tuned for approaching this monumental task. For while I realize the task ahead is daunting, it doesn’t feel that way right now. Because, like this blog, I’ll be writing this book for me. Not for money, or fame, but for the selfishness of writing something of which the creation is its own reward. And if it sells one copy or a million, I will be satisfied. OK, OK, I’ll be more satisfied if it sells a million. But not a million times more.

Which brings me to my upcoming last post. That post will be in true Okiedoke style, with a bit of truth, sarcasm, and frutility that this blog represents. It will also peek into my book project and open a personal past that I have largely kept hidden from my blog persona.

While I appreciate any well wishes from readers, comments here are disabled so as to eliminate any site management. I can always be reached at the email address in the upper right of the page.

Here’s to all fellow Okies, especially those who contribute to Oklahoma’s true grassroots media, the Oklahoma blogosphere.

To my readers, thanks for your patronage, and best wishes.


Oklahoma’s newest citizen journalist

April 1st, 2009

It looks to be a beautiful day here in Little Axe, Oklahoma. Think I’ll officially launch a new website.


March 3rd, 2009

Okiedoke goes digital

February 17th, 2009

I will be installing a digital card in the old computer tonight and this is the last analog post here on Okiedoke. Viewing posts published after today will require a digital capable browser. In addition, viewing this blog with a digital monitor will provide sharper text and improved graphics after the switch.

The best Oklahoma blogs of 2008

February 8th, 2009

The votes have been counted, and the winners of the 2008 Okie Blog Awards are:

Best Overall Blog
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
Runner-up, The Lost Ogle

Best Political Blog
Runner-up, Peace Arena

Best Family Blog
Dawn’s Diversions
Runner-up, Rocks in my Dryer

Best Humor Blog
Decisionally Challenged
Runner-up, The Lost Ogle

Best Audio Blog
The Daily Bitch
Runner-up, Blog Oklahoma Podcast

Best Looking Blog
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
Runner-up, Design Crush

Best Unusual Blog
That’s Baloney!
Runner-up, Strange State Paranormal Mysteries in Oklahoma

Best Writing Blog
Rocks in my Dryer
Runner-up, JenX67

Best Culture Blog
Tasha Does Tulsa
Runner-up, Yogi’s Den

Best Commentary Blog
Today in Idabel Oklahoma
Runner-up, But I digress…

Best Inspirational Blog
6 Happy Hearts
Runner-up, Animal Rescue

Best Commercial Blog
Turtle Rock Farm
Runner-up, DoubleShot Coffee Company

Congratulations to these fine Oklahoma bloggers. And thanks go to all the 113 bloggers participating in this year’s Awards by choosing their favorite Okie blogs of 2008. We are all winners to be a part of a thriving Oklahoma blogging community.

Okie Blogger Round-up

January 22nd, 2009

Some folks have asked if there’s going to be an awards ceremony for this year’s (or is it last year’s?) 2008 Okie Blog Awards. In a nutshell, there ain’t one. There are many reasons why not, but basically, while the 2007 Okie Blogger Round-up in Tulsa was enjoyable, it wasn’t as good as the previous year’s Round-up in OKC. Now there was some blogging history! By Sean Gleeson:

Another Round-up should be done right. Let us hope history repeats itself and another Okie Blogger Round-up is in our near future.

And the nominees are …

January 21st, 2009

The final nominees for the 2008 Okie Blog Awards are now posted and voting is open. You may have to clear your browser’s cache to update the page.

On Jan.2, 2009, Oklahoma bloggers began nominating their favorite blogs in each of 12 categories. In those categories with more than 10 blogs being nominated, the ten blogs receiving the most nominations made the final nomination list.

There are many new entries joining some old favorites for your consideration as the best Oklahoma blogs of 2008. Thank you to all the bloggers who took the time to submit the wonderful collection of Okie blogs for nomination.

Over the next two weeks, Oklahoma bloggers will review the nominees and make their choices for the best and brightest Okie blogs. The voting period ends Feb. 7, 2009.

But of course you don’t have to be an Oklahoma blogger to enjoy exploring some of the best blogs anywhere on the Internets.

Finally, a hearty congratulations go to all the nominees making the final cut.

If I rejected you, give me another chance

January 19th, 2009

I was just made aware that some emails sent to during the weekend were rejected due to a “bug in the software” as per my server host. When my email service resumed on Sunday, there was a heavy backlog of messages and I assumed all were received and stored. Evidently that was not the case.

If you were unable to successfully send your nominations for the 2008 Okie Blog Awards, please try again. You have until midnight tomorrow.

Two days to go ’til historic event

January 18th, 2009

January 20, 2009 is a big day for people throughout the world who value freedom, liberty, and a democratic process which distinguishes our great nation from many others. It will be a time to honor the vision and hope that inspired throngs of Americans during the past year. A time for friend and foe to pause and pay homage to those words and ideals that give promise to a bright day and a better tomorrow. Yep, it’s the close of nominations for the 2008 Okie Blog Awards.

Voting will begin Jan. 21.

Yes we can!?

The politics of Okiedoke

January 9th, 2009

There are always a few people that nominate Okiedoke for an Okie Blog Award, usually in the Best Political Blog category. Not only is Okiedoke ineligible for an award, but how can any reasonable person think this blog is worthy of such distinction? For one thing, I like both Barack Obama and Tom Coburn. And dislike Dan Boren and Tom Cole.

Based on this display of insanity, I am considering invalidating all submissions from anyone that nominates Okiedoke in that category.