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Is This Chip's Last Blog?

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Is This Chip’s Last Blog?

A year ago, I announced that after ten years of continuous publication, 2018 would be the final year for this blog. I’ve researched and written over 2,000 blogs to date … and probably published more ventriloquist-related cartoons than any other social media site in history.




Initially the blog included marketing tips along with examples of what I thought were effective uses of humor to sell products and services. I also shared occasional items about puppets (Mannequin Americans), ventriloquists and ventriloquism. Along the way, the blog won a few awards and slowly built a substantial following.



But, times have changed. Political correctness has made it incredibly difficult for marketers to use “humor” as a viable advertising/marketing tool. As a result, it has become more difficult and time consuming to find entertaining and effective examples of humor in advertising/marketing to share with readers.

What was once a fresh, new, exciting way to share entertaining marketing concepts, has, unfortunately, morphed into amusing signs, photos that I find funny, and all too rare glimpses of humorous marketing endeavors. As a result, followers of this blog have dwindled from thousands to just a couple hundred.

The remaining followers, led by Chuck Lyons, the most faithful reader any blog writer could hope to attract, appear to be a very loyal, (albeit a very small) group. The conundrum this presents me with is “Do I continue to spend significant time researching and publishing the blog for my friends?” or do I “Bail on this endeavor and find a new hobby?”

Leslie reminded me that she knows several people who repost my bi-weekly Chip Shots on bulletin boards and other places. (For those individuals, here are 10 Chip Shots that never made the cut.)

Chip Shot: The difference between surfing and snowboarding is just the temperature of the water.

Chip Shot: Can you bruise your liver? Asking for a friend.

Chip Shot: The older you get the uglier you’re willing to go out in public.

Chip Shot: I’m so lonely I had to throw myself a surprise birthday party.

Chip Shot: Dating is just hanging out with someone until you figure out what’s wrong with them.

Chip Shot: Dentist: “This is going to hurt a little bit.” Me: “Okay.” Dentist. “I’ve been sleeping with your mom.”

Chip Shot: Me: “I’m exhausted.” Fitbit: “You have taken 9 steps today.”

Chip Shot: It takes thirty-seven muscles to frown. But it takes zero muscles to shut the fu#@ up.

Chip Shot: Today’s inspirational quote; “Don’t be a dick.”

Chip Shot: Are your kids fussy eaters, or are you just a terrible cook?


Chip Shots aside, I feel at the very least, I owe Chuck Lyons a few more blogs. So, here’s my decision. I may miss a few Wednesdays or Fridays, but my goal is to publish Chip’s Blog for another year. (Shot pause, for 3 people to stop cheering.)

If you don’t expect much, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for reading and have a healthy, creative and prosperous New Year.

Chip Martin (Mannequin American)


Posted: Dec 28 2018, 07:30 AM by chip | with 2 comment(s)


Bob Conrad said:

Chuck and I love your blog and read it and share pieces of it faithfully. Glad you are going to hang on for another year, I will miss it when you stop. Happy New Year !

# December 28, 2018 3:52 PM

Dawn said:

I love and admire all you do Uncle Dale ~ I am proud of you

# December 29, 2018 2:37 AM
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