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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.