reality blurred is now 11 years old

On Saturday, July 9, 2011, reality blurred officially turned 11 years old, but I’m celebrating today because it’s also 7/11 free Slurpee day, and because I forgot on Saturday. Sometimes, you get so old that you forget your birthday.

But it’s a milestone worth marking considering I never thought a blog started on Blogger and hosted on Tripod would last more than a couple of years. Because of all of you who read on a daily basis, and who are just now discovering it and starting to become regular readers, it’s been worth continuing.

That was obvious when, earlier this summer, I asked for feedback and got more than I ever expected, and it was all very thoughtful in both its praise and constructive criticism. Thanks for taking the time to let me know what you think, and for watching reality TV with me for these past 11 years.

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.