When you go to the CityBeat blogs tomorrow, I don't know what you'll find. Someone else may be managing this blog, it may be replaced with something else ... I just don't know.
What I do know is that this will be my last post and my last day managing the blog. The good folks at CityBeat know I need to stop.
I want to make one thing very clear: This was totally my decision.
We’ve been doing this since August 12, 2006 – over 22 months. While our comments have been down lately (I never liked the verifying code thing either), our stats have never been higher. May I blow our own horn by saying this is CityBeat’s most successful blog? Well, it is.
We have become a habit for a lot of you, so I feel like I need to explain my decision to leave. I guess I’ll call this guilt. No, it’s just the reality.
I have a lot on my plate, and that’s good for me. I’m working on two books, will still write and/or edit the Living Out Loud column and I’m working on additional projects for other publications.
Something has to give; something has to go to get this additional work completed. It needs to be, it has to be this blog.
The second reason is that after 22 months I’ve run completely out of gas. I know many of you have complained that often times we’re childish, stupid and just not that interesting anymore. You’re right.
Coming up with two or three posts a day during the work week and at least a couple on the weekends, believe it or not, can be taxing work. It has become harder and harder to “think up” posts and in turn it’s become draining.
I know, stop complaining.
To Teri Archer, Carol Walters, Tom Anus, Candy Apple, Judy Darling and Brandy Edwards and to the other contributors past and present: Thank you for your help. I’m taking you to Madonna’s very soon to get you all good and drunk.
To John Fox and Dan Bockrath: Thank you for looking the other way and letting me do what I want. Well, at least most of the time.
To Rick Hines at The Cincinnati Nation: When we first started up, you took an interest in us when others didn’t. Your support made a big difference to us and I’ll always be grateful.
And to our readers: Thank you. So many of you have been with us from the very beginning. It has always been appreciated.
So is blogging out of my blood? I may show up at the other CityBeat blogs from time to time, but I don’t know for sure.
What I do know for sure is that LOL Girl is in her car waiting for me – pretty sure she’s not wearing any underwear. She says she has a big old surprise waiting and it involves a plane ticket and a hotel room.
I may be an old fart but I’m not stupid. I’m outta here!
I’ll be visiting you in the Living Out Loud column and, again thanks for reading. Have a great Fourth of July.
- Larry Gross
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