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What’s the WURB?
The WURB is the “Weekly Update from Robbie Blair,” and subscribers have connected in some interesting ways over the last year or so.
So why form a crew?
It’s true that my “crew” is the audience for my blog, there are ways in which this crew is more: By being a member of my crew, you’re choosing to stay connected with myself and this community despite the dissonance and anonymity of the modern web-wide world. In a world where everything is interconnected, we seem to have lost our ability to connect at all.
Being part of my crew is being part of a community: It is working to connect and to build worthwhile things in this world of ours.
Okay, but why “crew”?
The popularity of TV shows such as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly are rooted in the use of a grand metaphor. The ship and its journeys becomes a metaphor for community and all our communal struggles to survive in this frightening universe—while simultaneously exploring all the beauty that universe has to offer. A blog is a strange ship, but it is nevertheless a similar vehicle for exploration and connection.
There’s also a sense of loyalty embedded in the word, but not just between crew (you guys) and captain (me). Rather, there is an ethic to actively choosing to identify with a specific crew. It is matter of seeing new connection and equality. As Captain Malcolm Reynolds puts it: “You turn on any of my crew, you turn on me.”
Why should I join the crew?
There are some basic benefits to joining my crew, but the primary reason should always be that you’re interested in making this voyage with me. Assuming you want to stay connected, here’s what being a member of my crew will get you:
- Regular updates on the content I create here. (Weekly-ish.)
- Automatic entry into contests, such as the Kindle giveaway we did last year.
- Exclusive content.
- The chance to connect with us as we dive into special projects.
That’s by no means a comprehensive list, but it gives the general idea.
What is this blog about?
Over the years, this blog has changed forms a number of times. It was originally a personal, rambly-type blog; it evolved to focus on the writing craft while still keeping other forms of content; I started writing a lot of travel content; then the writing craft content moved to a new home; then the travel stuff really amped up. This long journey is why, when searching the archives, you’ll find such a chaotic lineup.
Today, and for the foreseeable future, this is a travel-focused blog that occasionally houses alternate content types: discussions of holistic health, personal essays, and my creative work.
How many people are there on this crew?
As of 2015, there are about 500 members of the crew. Further, this blog receives about 7,000 unique hits each month.
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