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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The end of the RT Cave?

I used to hate it when a favorite TV show of mine ended.  I never understood why someone would end something as popular as Cheers, Family Ties, Married with Children or Seinfeld.  I didn't understand comments such as made by Jerry Seinfeld:  "TV shows are only good for five years."

It wasn't until "Everyone Loves Raymond" ended and Raymond said, "Now I can devote my energy to other things.  The past several years all my creative energy has been absorbed by this show."  I'm paraphrasing these quotes here, but you get the point.

What also helped me to understand the ending of good things was my blog Respiratory Therapy Cave.  When I started it I wondered if I could do this every day, and now it's been five years and I'm still doing it.  There are days I think I've covered everything and there's no place else to go.  There's days I want to channel my energy into other projects.  There are days, weeks and even months when I do.  Yet the RT Cave has lived on.  It is now five years old.

The question then becomes:  Do I continue?  Do I go on? Is it time to retire the RT Cave?  Yet here I am, pondering to do something I hated others doing: ending something popular; ending something at the peek of it's reign.  Yes, today is the 5 year anniversary of the Respiratory Therapy Cave.

The executives of Freeadom enterprises have encouraged me to continue.  And in reviewing the many positive emails and comments I've received from people like you I've decided I must go on at least for another year.  So you can thank you for me signing a one year contract with myself to write another year.

I'm going to keep the layout of the website the same, although the posts are going to pour forth a bit differently.  The schedule beginning in 2013 will look something like this:
  • Monday:  Respiratory History
  • Tuesday:  Asthma
  • Wednesday:  Respiratory Therapy
  • Thursday:  Respiratory diseases
  • Friday:   Your questions
  • Saturday:  Humor and fun
  • Sunday:  Philosophy
Other than that the RT Cave will continue to specialize in sharing facts, opinion, satire, irreverent humor, and interesting stories in respiratory therapy.  


RTmomma said...

I am so happy you have decided to keep going!! I have been reading your posts for 3 years and it is because of your "cave" I was inspired to apply to the Respiratory program. I am proud to say that I graduate in May! I look forward to reading your posts in between homework and I just wanted you to know that you have made a difference in my life.
Thank you for your words.

RTmomma said...

I am so glad you have decided not to quit!! I have been reading your posts for 3 years and it because of the RT Cave I decided to apply to the Respiratory program. I am proud to say I graduate in May!! I wanted you to know that your words made a difference in my life!
Thank you

Kevin Meador said...

I'm in my 3rd year of BSRC and I love your blog/site and use it as a reference and to help me study. IE I just finished reading over your ECG made easy post for my test Wednesday.
Thanks for all your great posts

Kevin Meador said...

I am in my 3rd year of a BSRC program and frequently read your blog and read your "RT Wisdom" as a study aid.
Thanks so much!

Rick Frea said...

You are welcome!!!

Rick Frea said...

And thanks for your kind remarks!!!

Bethany Johnson said...

Just like the other people who have posted here i am happy you have decided to continue on.... I have used several tools on your website to study from and told several classmates as well as teachers about your site..... Thank you so much for your time and effort put into this, its greatly appreciated

Anonymous said...

I am just starting my second year in a Respiratory Therapy program. Your website offers important information and personal insight. If you decide to quit your blogs, someone needs to take up the mantle. Give me a few years and I'll step in, LOL We have a similar pragmatic outlook on things. TEWilson

Rick Frea said...

I'd be more than happy to refer my readers to the blog you should start.