7.07.2016

Not Goodbye ... Farewell for Now

I know that I have been radio silent here and I debated whether it would be pretentious to write this post, but I have read comments elsewhere from disappointed readers who wondered what happened when a blog just ceased to exist. It seems fitting to be writing this last entry on the seventh anniversary of our move to Huntsville. A few months after the move, I created Team Skelley -- at the time named Yoga Gal. It has been a hell of a ride for the last seven years and I have met some wonderful people from across the world.

2009


This honestly is the only picture I could find of the four of us from the last half of 2009. We had gone to see Peanuts on Ice at Opryland that November.

2016


In the past few weeks -- or probably more accurately -- months, the creative well has run dry. I started posts and deleted them, brainstormed content and came up empty, and more than once wondered if traditional blogging has become a medium of the past. When I started blogging in October of 2009, there was no Instagram or Pinterest. Only the hip used Twitter. And very few members of my family were on Facebook. Blogging was a way to communicate with my friends and family back in Tennessee, while meeting new people at a time when I was feeling a little isolated in a new city.

Once I started, I loved it. Blogging reawakened my love of writing. And that passion gave me the courage and desire to pursue freelancing, which gave me the experience and exposure that led to my being offered a staff writer position at the newspaper three and a half years ago. Today I can truthfully say on my LinkedIn account that I am an award-winning writer. I am still shocked about that too. None of that would have ever happened without this blog.

This is not goodbye forever, internet. I just think that as online communication and the demands of my 3-D life change, I will focus more on microblogging via mediums like Instagram and share my projects and ideas via Pinterest. Book reviews will probably move to Goodreads and writing will be devoted to the Redstone Rocket. I also handle the newspaper's social media and would love for you to connect with us via our Facebook and Twitter. You can also usually find me on my personal Twitter during football season and Game of Throne nights.

Thank you for reading. I wish I could properly convey how much that has meant to me over the years. Thank you. Don't be a stranger.

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you for your fabulous blog and thank you for the wonderful years of blogging friendship. You deserve the accolades you have received and I wish you well with your writing career.

    By the way, I totally hear you...I will probably be finishing up with my blog soon too. The times they are a changin'!

    Best wishes to you and your beautiful family.I will definitely keep in touch via Instagram!
    Love from Natasha in Oz. xo

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  2. I am going to miss catching up. Granted I have let the blog fall behind and most of social media.
    XO

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