The End


If you followed me from here or (less likely) from here, then thank you for joining me at my new place in space. If you simply arrived here on your own, then please leave a comment below and tell me how on earth you came across this web site out of the nearly one billion other web sites currently available. I’d like to shake your hand.

My name is Charlie Hills. I spend more than a third of my day at work, less than a third of my day asleep, and the rest trying to get from one to the other. By profession, I’m a software developer. But when I grow up, I want to be a writer, a musician, and an artist. Oh, and I also want Forrest Gump’s riding mower job. That’d be pretty sweet.

I’ve been blogging more or less continuously for nearly eight years now. Over that time, I’ve maintained at least half a dozen of ’em: some private, some public, some more well known, others essentially invisible. When I started my first one, Back to the Fridge, I did so with two purposes: as a creative outlet and as a way to promote my then-new book.

But just recently, as my thirteenth mid-life crisis approached (for the record, these have happened at ages 12, 15, 17, 20, 28, 31, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42) I realized that if I wanted to make the most of that third third of my day, I would have to start making some hard choices. Blog consolation seemed like the right thing to do and thus The One Blog is born.


I’m glad you asked! For all the cool kids who followed me here from The Fridge, things actually won’t look much different for the foreseeable future. I’ll continue to write about the topics that interest me, but most importantly, they’ll be written in the same voice you’ve grown to know and crave on a weekly basis.

Posts will fall into one of the categories I’ve defined (so far): Health, Food, Writing, Music, Art, and the ubiquitous “General.” (Not necessarily in that order.) But we’ll see how it goes. I’m not going to paint myself into any corners.

The End?

Oh, I’m glad you asked about that too! In spite of the fact that this is my very first post of my very new blog, to me it really marks the end of many things. It’s the end of me worrying about readership and blog statistics. It’s the end of me whining about my lack of progress in all my creative endeavors. And it’s even the end of my mildly irritating, nearly omnipresent, self-deprecating talk.

Well, maybe not the end of that, but I’ll at least try and dial it back to maybe a two.

And that’s really about it for today. Thanks for paying me a visit and come back next week. I’ll still be posting every Friday. And I just might make it worthwhile.

Until then, please enjoy my 2015 year in review video. I decided to take a picture a day just to look back and see all the amazing things that happen during one spin around the sun.

33 Comments for “The End”



Happy 50th Birthday!! Love the video and the new blog. While I don’t comment often – I read, laugh and have cried with you and your sisters. Here’s to a wonderful 50th year for you Charlie – full of getting out more or sitting at your computer more – whatever it is you want!!

Bonnie Velatini


A Very Happy Birthday from Carl and I. You have now joined a special group! The over 50s – ready for AARP. Biz sent me.



I saw your last Fridge post this morning and hadn’t quite had time to come over and look around. Then, a little birdie named Biz said it’s your birthday so Happy Birthday! I’m about 6 years ahead of you so I can vouch that this is a pretty good decade.

I stopped worrying about readership and statistics on my blog a long time ago as I watched other bloggers who started around the same time as me go whizzing by. But maybe I don’t worry enough as I can’t get myself to blog much at all anymore. Or maybe I have nothing left to say? Whatever.

If nothing else, I hope this new venture fulfills some of the writing you want to do.



What a day to promote your new blog on your 50th birthday!!! Milestone for sure in more ways than one. Excited that you are going to have your own studio in our new house, those creative juices are going to go crazy!!! Love you Charlie, from your weef.


♪♫♪Happy Birthday Charlie on you 50th ♪♫♪ Biz sent us here, she’ll have to leave a link for us to follow every Friday….you’re fun to read.



Your favorite sister Biz sent me she said it was your Birthday so HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY CHARLIE!!! Hope you have a great day.



Hi and yes, Biz sent me. Going to be hearing from me more as I follow you too. Anyone Biz loves has got to be wonderful and what she has to say about her favorite Bro is fantastic. Blessings!


Happy 50th birthday Charlie! So excited about the new blog and can’t wait to look around.

I hope you have the best day ever! Love, your prettier sister, Biz



Charlie – Happy 50th Birthday. Biz sent me.
Hope your birthday is as great as mine was. 50 is almost like 21 only lots more freedom

Bonnie, from Ohio


Happy 50th Charlie! Your mom’s favorite child, Biz sent me here to wish you a happy birthday. 🙂 I enjoy your writings! Hope you have a fabulous day!


Congrats on the new blog and Happy 50th Birthday!!!!! I don’t know if your mother really has a favorite but Biz insists it’s her and encouraged people to swing by your new place here and wish you a HAPPY 50TH! CHEERS!

Georgette Helton


Happy Birthday Charlie…Your sister Biz sent me….I love her writing…I think I will read some of yours also …

Esther Thurman


Happy 50th Birthday Charlie! From Biz’s description, you sound like an AMAZING brother. Do something fun and totally random to celebrate. I have started following your blog and look forward to many thought provoking posts



Happy Birthday… Biz told me about your blog so I thought I’d check it out… looking forward to reading on… seems very interesting

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