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 Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.