As many of you know, today, October 1, 2012, is the five year anniversary of Months of Edible Celebrations. After 5 years and 469 blog posts, I have made the very difficult decision to bid farewell to "Blogsville" or in this case, Blogger. I've attempted many ambitious posts in these past five years but not one has caused me as much anguish as this one. For that reason, I'm going to try and keep this final post as brief as possible.
I can't tell you how much these years have meant to me. You all are such loyal and devoted readers. I often ask myself what I have done to deserve such readership. However, this blog has never been about me. I've tried to design it as a fun place to visit filled with a community of people who relish the celebration of food.
The choice to celebrate food events was made a very long time ago; long before the dawning of weblogs or as we now call them blogs. It was way back in 1998 when I had my first website on America Online. In those days, the only way to really have the freedom of design and choice of words was by joining an online community which afforded the optimum opportunity of reaching out to the world online. Unlike today's blogging platforms, designing such a place was both time consuming and rather cumbersome. HTML which is the coding format behind how web pages and blogs are displayed, was an uncharted course which I dove right into and to this day, I am glad I taught myself how to do it. However, as you can imagine, I spent timeless hours researching each and every word I offered to the world and through the years, those words have come back to me in the growth I have seen in subjects which at the time were yet to be explored.
Ever evolving and spinning, the world wide web has become a place of limitations with no limits. I no longer wish to stay within the confines of food and its celebrations. You may not know this but before I started blogging, I did all kinds of creative things which I find I no longer have time to explore. I miss them. Don't get me wrong, I will miss you all too and all that you bring to the table.
Writing this post I realize it isn't all that different than when I made the move to Pennsylvania a few years back; a tinge of remorse and the wonder of the unknown. Or when I retired from a job I had worked at for more than twenty years. Boy was I scared! I have since become the owner of a very successful environmental business in my home state. That business has become more and more demanding this last year so and I find it necessary once again to travel back and forth from PA to New York on a more regular basis. Let's call this reason #1 for this tough decision.
Reason #2 is much more personal. I find myself spending way too much time in front of my computer. Mind you, we have become very close as we mirror our visitors but all around us we can feel the banter of the world outside and once again, would like to participate. I've tried through the years to find harmony, a balance but truth be told, it isn't enough. I need to drag myself away from the computer and "stop and smell the roses."
You "guys" have taught be so much through the years. I can't even begin to Thank You. Each and every one of you has added such a dimension to how I will now view that world outside, I can't even find the words to explain it. I think I've tried a few times so I hope you remember:)
As much as I will miss you all, please realize, I'm happy about this decision. I feel a sense of freedom, a thrill of excitement at what may be around the next corner. I may even materialize as a new dot.com one day. For that reason I have secured the name MonthsOfEdibleCelebrations.com. Just in case:)
I just couldn't bid you all farewell without mentioning The Picnic Game. We sure have had some mighty fine online picnics these last few years. Once again I am in awe of all of your culinary talents and tenacity. I think I will miss the festivities of International Picnic Day the most. It's hard to imagine that we actually joined so many people from so many places into one incredible online picnic. It was not only incredibly fun, it was extraordinary too!!! Thank YOU!
Each and every one of you has a piece of my heart and remembrance. I will always cherish our visits and our conversations. But, I will no longer be making visits to your homes online and I haven't yet decided what I will be doing about Twitter or Pinterest for that matter. My plan is to take a hard break from all things online for the month of October while I tend to the many chores and joys I find I can no longer have tugging at my heart. Thank you all so very much, I will miss you, Louise.