This is the 1,000th Eurovision Lemur(s) post. So much as changed since it started on a LiveJournal when I had the inspiration to live-blog the 2006 Song Contest semifinal. It went from a solo project to a team effort back to a solo project again, and it went from a live-blog to a more structured review and recap site. It was about to go away last year, but then I was compelled to keep going, because dammit, if I’m going to keep watching national finals, I need to keep track of the stuff I liked about them.
I don’t have a lot of profound things to say to mark this milestone. I’m just happy to have this little outlet to indulge my obsession and that there are people who read it and like what I’m doing. Thank you for following along!
In our last post, we said that we were retiring from Eurovision blogging. Technically, that is still true: We are. It’s just that I am not quite ready to retire yet.
When we got to the end of the 2020 season, such as it was, we felt like we were at a crossroads with our site. Jen decided that she didn’t have it in her to write about the Song Contest at the level she had in the past. She skipped 2020 altogether, so it was an easy choice for her to make.
As for me, I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted to go on. Writing the blog by myself last season draining. Finding the energy to write more evergreen content over the summer was difficult, especially once it was clear I was going to be on my own. And lastly, we had branded this blog as a couple. Would it make sense to keep going if I was writing it solo?
I did assume that I would regret publishing our farewell post as soon as the first songs of the new season began to trickle in. In that case, my plan was to just start a new blog and continue as a solitary Lemur.
Then Jen made a good point: We have over a decade of content here and have already established ourselves in our own small way with the website and our Twitter account. Did it really make sense for me to start from scratch? Ultimately, I decided it wasn’t.
So with that being said, welcome to Eurovision Lemur. May it be a FiKmas present that will keep giving throughout 2021!