reality blurred turns five tomorrow

It’s reality blurred‘s fifth anniversary today–well, technically, tomorrow, but I’m taking the weekend off to celebrate. Plus, I always take weekends off. Anyway, thanks to everyone who reads every day, and especially to all of you who’ve been with the site since the early, Tripod-hosted days of 2000. It’s been a crazy-ass ride.

On this occasion, an announcement: As its sixth year begins next week, reality blurred will move to a 24/7 publishing schedule. When I started this thing, Jim Romenesko was my only role model, because there were basically no other topic-specific blogs. He updated every morning; I followed in his footsteps. But it no longer makes sense for me to just update in the mornings, in no small part because some days I’d like to sleep in. Yes, I’m just figuring this out now.

Starting Monday, check back throughout the day–and during the weekends–for new news. This doesn’t mean I’m going to become a posting animal like those highly paid serfs in the Gawker media empire, so don’t expect posts every half-hour. There will be more frequent updates, but I still have an actual life to live and television to watch.

the site’s first, third and fourth anniversaries [reality blurred]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.