State of the Magazine Address

First off, I want to take this time to thank everyone who has ever read an article, listened to a podcast, watched a video, shared content, hated us, or loved us. If it were not for any of you, this site would not be here today. And while we do not post as much as we should, we still try to make this one of the more fun corners of the internet you can visit.

With that being said, I need to talk about a lot of things going on with our little random fun zone. First, the fact we do not post as much as we should. And honestly that falls on me. For the past few months, emotionally I have not been invested in anything we have presented other than a few articles and podcasts. And while normally, it would be chalked up to burn out. In this case the situation would be the complete opposite.

I have struggled with depression off and on for my entire life. Some years will go by as if nothing were wrong. I am able to get out of bed, and make the day my bitch. However, 2019 is not one of those years. I have been dealing with a crippling bout of depression that has left me at times wondering if anyone would even give a shit if I was gone. And my entire life I have always heard that depression was a coward’s way out, but to that I want to say bullshit. Mental health is not something to say that about. It’s the complete opposite. It is one of the reasons that I am writing this today, because it needs to be in the open. Conversations need to be had. And while I am not going to go into details as to why I have been feeling this way, I will say as of today I am in a better place emotionally. My physical health on the other hand was hit hard by the depression. I noticed an increase in my seizures, and a significant weight gain. Mostly because I did not care what happened to me at all. The only person who knew of my struggles was my other half. She watched me almost give everything up. The internal struggle took more out of my soul than I wanted to believe. But through support of her, and some Breath of the Wild, I started to feel better.

Thus, leads me to today and writing this. A few of you caught that my passion for everything was not strong for the past few months. And you were right. But, a few days ago I woke up with a spark, that turned into a fire. It may be the Wendy’s chili, but I am finally starting to rediscover myself. With that being said, I am going back to my roots and what made this website special in the beginning stages. My stupidity and humor posts. The things I forgot how to write over the past few years.

But that does not mean the breaking news articles are going away either. I have to find a balance of being able to write more of myself and be able to bring you the latest from pop culture. A hefty goal, that I hope to be able to give you by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

More of the articles that made us what we are will be happening including more inductions into The Halls, which will have a slight change and more on that later in the month. Retro Music Videos. I miss writing stories that coincided with a certain song from an era long ago. The return of us sharing funny videos will be happening soon. I am not sure why I ever stopped doing it, but I feel sharing some of the YouTube content that I have found will be worth it for me. As well as a few other things….

I sent out a survey to 100 fans, and one of the things that caught my eye was our coverage of music. And understand completely where you are coming from, the one of our missions going forward is sharing with you more diversity when it comes to music. I know some of you said that you felt your genres were being left out of articles, I will do better in that department.

I am not sure how many of you know this….BUT WE HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Right now, all of the latest episodes of our podcasts are being uploaded to the video platform. And starting this fall, TBK Magazine will be producing original video content including sketches, original shows, docuseries, interviews, and vlogs. Please subscribe to our channel and be on the watch for all of that coming soon.

The one comment I received the most from our survey is about The Winos Podcast. The show is not dead, nor over. Life has a funny way of intervening in things we enjoy. And that is what has happened to the hosts. But I feel a bottle of wine will be uncorked soon and you will be able to join in on the fun with your favorite wine drinkers.

Days for shows are going to change by the end of the month. As of this writing, I am not sure of the days. SNS will be on Sunday when it returns this week. Outside of that, I am still trying to figure it out, any suggestions would be amazing.

The format for Live is slightly changing. For the first time in a long time, we will be adding new segments, new bits, and more. However, instead of breaking the show up in a structured dilapidated morning show kind of way, we are going to do things our way and make the show even more random than ever before. Live is going to be serious at times, will be funny at times, but one thing is for sure, we will never lose the spirit of Random.

As for the shows, CineCrap is about to become weekly because you asked for it. And new episodes of SNS, Striking A Chord, Brodie and Richard, The Buzz, and TBK Live will be hitting your favorite podcast listening app including IHEARTRADIO.

And finally, we changed up the look of the website. That is it.

Again, I want to say thank you not just to our awesome readers, but to this staff. I always wanted to do something like this with my friends. Eventually, the right people came into my life. The staff on this website, no matter when they have posted, are part of a family. A dysfunctional family where someone will wear the bowl of potato salad when they are drunk, but a family nonetheless.

I love each and every one of you.

TBK Owner/Editor In Chief/Podcaster/Never Nude

Richard Pruitt

PS. Did I mention Stick Figure Dan will be releasing a book soon?

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