I’m still here

I’m assuming y’all have noticed I haven’t been updating more than a few times a week in the past couple of months. This is in large part because of Michael. Long story short, he lost his full-time job. Before he lost it he was working the one full-time job plus a part-time one and he worked insane hours, getting up at 6:00 a.m., out of the house by seven, sometimes not home till ten in the evening. Now he has a lot more time and we’re spending a lot of it together. He is, of course, looking for another job. He has two interviews lined up.

I am still working on Charley, it’s just that a lot of that work is invisible. If I post an updated age-progression or a new photo of an MP, for example, but no other updates for that particular casefile, I don’t put it on the updates page. (MPs with new age-progressions do get on the updates page, though.) Purged cases are just quietly removed without a mention — and that means tracking down and deleting them off all the lists as well as deleting the cases themselves. And the aforementioned work with purges and APs is all so stupefyingly boring that I can’t do it for more than half an hour or an hour at a time.

Maintaining Charley’s Facebook page (which surpassed 4,000 “likes” this week, woo!) is more fun but it takes more time than you’d think —  tracking down articles to post, reading all the comments, sometimes engaging in conversations. Ditto the Twitter feed. Yes, it’s two tweets a day. But I have to FIND new cases to tweet, check to make sure they haven’t been tweeted before, and come up with some neat little 140-character summary for each one. These days I’ve been searching for a random word, say, “Naugahyde,” and tweeting all cases that mention that word.

I hope I don’t sound defensive or anything. No one has been jumping all over me for not updating more often; I just want you guys to know I’m not giving up or anything like that.

A reminder

The Charley Project, for those who do not know, has its own Twitter account with the username CharleysMissing. It used to be run by the indomitable Sean Munger but I’ve been running it since late last year. It runs two randomly selected cases a day, one male, one female.

I’m bringing this up because the CharleysMissing account has 497 followers and it would be nice to bump that up to over 500. 🙂

UPDATE: Wow, that was quick.

I finally caved and joined Twitter

As you all know, or should know, the Charley Project has its own Twitter account, run by a historian named Sean who lives in, I think, Oregon. It tweets about one or two random Charley cases every day or so.

Well, a few days ago I finally created my own personal Twitter account, with the username meggy_head. (That’s one of Michael’s myriad of nicknames for me. All the good ones were already taken.) I’m not tweeting much about missing persons on there; in fact, so far I haven’t mentioned the Charley Project at all. It’s just my own random thoughts and links I find interesting and stuff like that. So far I have a whopping 12 followers.

So check it out if you want, and follow me if you feel like reading my occasional reflections and opinions on topics such as language, history, and current events.


Several people have already asked me if Charley has, or will have, a Facebook page. The answer, unless I change my mind, is no: I have quite enough work to do, thanks. But it just occurs to me: would anyone be interested in Charley Project tweets? It would be much simpler and quicker than running a Facebook page. It would include stuff that catches my eye but that I don’t feel like writing a whole blog entry about.

On the other hand, according to Cracked, my favorite font of information, no one actually reads other people’s tweets.

So…you guys decide. Would setting up a Twitter account for Charley (I don’t have one of my own) be worth it?