Blogs! Blogs! Blogs!

Today, The Mystery Train’s spotlight shines on some of the other Elvis Presley blogs out there in Internetland.

First up, I want to acknowledge a milestone over at ElvisBlog. Phil Arnold today published his 1,000th post! ElvisBlog began back in 2005, and Phil has really kept up with his writing since then. Lately, he has been thinking about retiring from his blog, but I’m happy to report that he still plans to post on occasion for at least the next year or so. Phil was once a contributing writer to the now-defunct Elvis International Forum magazine. He also wrote the foreword to Alfred Wertheimer’s 2010 photography book Elvis: The Early Years. In 2015, Phil published Big E and the Santa Man: A Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy, a novel about a rock ‘n’ roll singer who gives up his former life and joins Santa Claus at the North Pole. Check out ElvisBlog #1000. Congratulations to Phil.

Speaking of books, Kees Mouwen last month released Elvis Day By Day 2020: The Year In Review, which compiles last year’s Elvis news stories from his Elvis Day By Day Blog as well as features additional content from Elvis Information Network and other Elvis fans worldwide. It is a follow-up to his first book, which covered 2019. Kees was one of the founders of what is now the site back in 1999. In 2010, Kees branched off to create the Elvis Day By Day Blog. Since that time, he has published over 3,370 blog posts about Elvis! 2020 ties with 2010 for his highest number of posts at 352. That’s almost one post a day, and it should certainly make for a fantastic read. Congratulations to Kees on his latest book. Find out more over on Elvis Day By Day.

ELVIS DAY BY DAY 2020 (Poplar Tunes Publishing and the Memphis Mansion, 2021) | Click image for full-color version | Original image credit: Kees Mouwen

Incidentally, I am honored to have contributed in a small way to Kees’ book. While some of my past posts have appeared in other Elvis books over the years, this is the first book to include an original piece from me. Thank you to Kees for the opportunity.

Finally, I want to say a hearty “Welcome back!” to Thomas Melin over at Elvis Today Blog. Last month, he quietly returned to blogging after an absence of more than three years. So quiet that I totally missed it until he recently emailed me. Thomas began the Elvis Today Blog back in 2007. By 2012, he had amassed over 500 posts. Though he’s slowed down since then due to other priorities, he says he plans to continue writing a post now and then. That’s the way to do it, and I’m definitely glad to hear he’ll still be around. Thomas published compilations of his first 500 posts on Elvis Today Blog in book form back in 2011 and 2012. Congratulations to Thomas on his return.

I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed by all three of these fellow Elvis fans. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

Your conductor,

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.”
Proverb 29:23

7 thoughts on “Blogs! Blogs! Blogs!

  1. Hi Ty, what a surprise to read about my blog over here at The Mystery Train! Let me return the favor and point out how glad I am that The Mystery Train blog is back on track also, I always enjoy what you write about Elvis. And that goes for the other blogs you mentioned, too. I’m proud to be in such a great company, gentlemen!

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    • Thanks, Thomas! Your comment got stuck in WordPress’s spam queue for some reason, but I happened to see it. I replied to your subsequent attempt, which went through fine – one of the mysteries of WordPress.


  2. Hi Ty, Thank You, Thank You Very Much! Not only for this kind post, but also for you contribution to my book. Personal contributions like yours really made it a better book. Hope our railroads cross again some day soon!

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    • Thank you, Kees! I’m sure they will. The Mystery Train may slow to a crawl at times, but it will still chug along for some while, I hope.


  3. Hi Ty, what a great surprise to see my blog mentioned in this post, many thanks! I like to return the compliment and say that it is great that you have started to blog again as well, it got me inspired. So thank you for that too! Maybe we can do another review together sometime, like we did with the FTD Forty Eight Hours To Memphis album. That was great fun! Take care, buddy!

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