‘Jump the Shark’ is an idiomatic term used to describe a moment when something that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity. The origin of this phrase in popular culture comes from a “Happy Days” TV episode where the character, the Fonz, jumps over a shark while waterskiing. This episode was originally envisioned as a way to showcase the waterskiing skills of the actor Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz. While the TV show went on for many more years this episode is generally considered to mark the beginning point of this shows decline.
I would be flattered if ever this blog was accused of jumping the shark. First, it would imply that it was once great, a complement no matter how you look at it. It is better to have lived and died than to never have lived at all. Second, the “Happy Days” episode that spawned this idiom was created before that TV show was even halfway through its run. It still had seven more years of production left to go. I take that as a good sign that this blog will continue to enjoy a long and happy life, with many more happy days.
Finally and don’t take this the wrong way readers, but I really write these posts for myself, not you. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate any adoration that I can garner, but ultimately this blog is not only all about me, it is also all for me. I’m just sharing it with you. I enjoy creating it every day. Well, truthfully some days more than others, but isn’t that like any kind of work, you have good days and bad days. If this blog eventually ends up on the dustbin of history, it won’t be the first time that my life’s interests have changed direction and it won’t be the last either. Just don’t expect it anytime soon. After sounding all cavalier and a wee bit callous, I want to reiterate that I do appreciate feedback. I love the comments, likes, hits and whatnot that I do get. Like the stock market, I daily monitor the ebb and flow of this blog’s fortunes. Unlike the stock market, no matter whether the fortunes of this blog are up or down, I still get paid.