Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Off Ramp

Edit 2/3/2008: Rick is back at the South Florida Daily Blog. Stop on by.

Hey, about a tough week.

I had written a long and rather pitiful post for today, but the more I read it, the less I liked it. So this is going to remain short.

I don’t think there’s a person out there who read SotP who didn’t realize that it was written with a passion and a dedication that was reflected in just about every one of the over 5,800 posts that we did. It’s for that reason that these last 5 days have been a bit of a challenge for Alex and, especially, me.

I want to thank the folks who wrote us and expressed their concerns and offered their opinions on what the next course of action should be. Believe me, we mulled things over again and again hoping that SotP could be saved and still be effective in one format or another.

But after considering everything that was said and implied this week, we realized that it could never be the same. Not for me and Alex. Not for the blog. Not for readers. There would always be those people who would have seen it fit to bring up these ghosts in the heat of an argument or use them, again, to somehow, in their minds, win a debate down the road. In the end, it was the person who will forever know me the best who reminded me of what is really important and helped me arrive at this decision. And to her, a sometime-reader of SotP, I say thanks.

I’ve been the reader of blogs that have closed down suddenly for any number of reasons and it’s never a good feeling. This is certainly not the ending I envisioned for SotP, but if it’s one thing I’ve learned in my 46 years, it’s that life rarely reads like a fairy tale.

Pat, take us out of here.....