My dear People,
I shall not keep you long. I am writing this post for a Purpose. Indeed for Two Purposes!
First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that three years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable bloggers. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
Secondly and finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT. I regret to announce that - though, as I said, three years is far too short a time to spend among you – this is the END.
I am going.
I am leaving NOW.
There was a flash of light, and when it faded, no one was sitting at the computer.
Filby was never seen in the blogosphere again.
Okay, now that that's over... yeah, it's true. Barring the unforeseen, I'm done blogging.
Part of it is this: I've signed up for the U. S. Job Corps, and on Tuesday, I'm moving out of my family home to go live in a dorm. Wireless Internet will be much more difficult to come by there, so my computer time will be sorely curtailed.
But more to the point, my heart just isn't in it. Lately I've been updating only once a month, if that. I used to be fairly active in the comics blogosphere, but sometime around the spat between Ragnell and Valerie D'orazio I got fed up with drama and rivalries; it became less fun, somehow. Plus, now that I have a Twitter account, I can do all my ranting about pop culture in quick, two- or three-paragraph bits instead of having to come up with a page-length post.
I'm not cut out for writing. Which is not to say that I'm giving up. I'm just, ah, strategically withdrawing while I look for something at which I'm more suited. ;)
Like I said, three years is too short a time. I've made a few good friends just from blogging, and I'd like to take the time to acknowledge some of you.
DAVID WYNNE - You inspire me. Really. A workaday stiff like yourself writing and drawing a damn good webcomic on a regular basis - and not only that, but becoming a published author - gives me hope for my own endeavors. But more importantly, you're a good friend. I don't think I know anyone with a stronger moral core than you. I know I can count on you for moral support... even if you are a dire grump. Thanks.
(And for the rest of you lot, check out MindHack TODAY!)
DJ BLACK ADAM - YOU ROCK. You're the coolest guy I know, no lie. Author, DJ, filmmaker, superhero! Is there anything you can't do? I value your insight on current events, and your thoughts on comics never fail to entertain. You've even changed the way I think about Christians and Christianity. One thing, though: when your plans for world domination come to fruition, leave me a spot as Viceroy of the Bahamas, huh?
AMI ANGELWINGS - You are wonderful, and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. When you're happy, it brightens my day. Your enthusiasm for the things you like always makes me smile, and your commitment to what's right is inspiring. I've learned a great deal from you about a lot of things I'd previously taken for granted. I don't want to embarrass you, but you've been a huge influence in how I see the world. You're far more awesome than you give yourself credit for, and not a day goes by that I don't want to give you a great big hug. Take care of yourself.
In addition to my friends, I'd also like to give a shout out to some of the people whose blogs I've followed: Tom Foss, Sally P, Loren Javier, Linkara, Dokebi, K-Box, Steven Padnick, and many others. Even though few or none of you will likely read this, I want to say how awesome, entertaining, and informative you all are. Rock on!
Now, words to the contrary, this isn't the absolute end. I won't be updating this weblog any further, but I will keep checking in on my friends' blogs and leaving comments when I can - just expect the frequency thereof to drop a bit. You're also all welcome to follow my Twitter feed, either on my LiveJournal or directly on Twitter.
Once again, I want to say that it's been a blast. I've had a lot of fun here at Bag End. Even as I walk off into the sunset, I'll never forget the times I had here, even as I look forward to the road ahead of me.
Don't adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Not as long as we're around to keep having them.
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say...