Over the fourteen years that this blog has spanned I have had tens of readers. Yes, tens, at least those about which I have known since I stopped doing analytics many years ago. In that time I’ve poked fun at the people who stopped reading this space, many of which apologetically would tell me “Sorry, but I no longer read your blog.”, as “former ITP-Reader XYZ”. Now, I am declaring myself as former ITP-Writer Paulie.
When I started writing this blog on October 8, 2004 I declared my intent to have a voice. At that time my friend and blogging mentor Maigh told me that the key to building a following was to consistently produce content; with rare exception I heeded her advice. Maigh gave up on blogging years ago. Most other bloggers followed suit with the advent of other avenues for being heard such as Facebook and Twitter. I trudged on. In many ways I have succeeded doing exactly what I wanted to do — I published the trials and tribulations of my daily life, many photos, as well as sometimes-controversial opinions. I wanted to be heard, and now I want to be silent.
So you won’t hear about my inability to find love, or whatever crazy nonsense is happening with the ITP Estate here. And, the lack of a post in over a week will not have signaled my death. You’ll have to find out about these things the pre-digital way — through word of mouth, carrier pigeon, newspaper obituary (as long as newspapers exist), or not at all.
It turns out that quitting a daily blog is just as easy as quitting a daily pilgrimage to the gym.
After taking a week off from even considering posting a blog I’m uncertain if anyone will read this final post. I admit that it is important to me to declare this closure and not to let things just fade to black.
If you have made it this far, thank you.
If you have any need to reach me, this URL is mine and will be for as long as I there is an internet, I am alive, and live inside the perimeter. Or, if you don’t want to publicly contact me, I can be reached privately at itpBlogBox@gmail.com
I guess this point at which I say “So long, and thanks for all the fish”.
All my best to you and yours.