I started this blog three years and eight months ago. Which is only two months shorter than Hoop and I have been together. To say that I'm attached to this place is an understatement. In the beginning it was just a journal. I was bored. I didn't think it would last. Then people started to comment and it became more of a social experiment. Then I started to make friends. Writing became less of a "why?" and more of a "who for?". I was writing because of you. I was writing because I cared about you. Over the years Bloggers have come and gone. We've grown up, grown old, moved on. Those of us who stayed were a dying breed, pushed out by vlogging and Twitter.
But we didn't stay for the popularity, despite what some may think. We didn't write to stroke our own egos or because we had anything overly important to say. We wrote because we felt connected. I followed you guys through births and deaths and milestones. You were there to see me through Chris' death and quitting smoking, being laid off and getting married. You were there for every stupid Hoop conversation and the inspiration for every photo. Before I started blogging, I had never used a digital camera! I may not know your face, but you were there. We laughed and loved and struggled together and it made all the difference. And now... Now you're here for me to say good-bye.
Thank you for everything.
I'm not going to say it's permanent. But I won't bait you with false hope either. It hasn't been in my heart to blog for awhile. My life has taken me down other avenues. I'll always write and take pictures and think of you. Hopefully, every once in awhile, you'll think of me too. For those who still want to stay in touch, you can email me: twstdtink(at)yahoo(dot)com. You can also find me on Flickr and Facebook. I just started a new WWC group there! Who knows, maybe this blog will come to life again one day in the future, like Willy Wonka's factory. But with sporks instead of chocolate and none of those scary midgets. Until we meet again old friend, thank you for all the wonderful memories.
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."