It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post. Today is the second anniversary of the birth of my blog and as such, it seems like the ideal opportunity to voice something that I have been feeling for a while and thinking about for even longer.
I have always said that if anyone is going to burn down my blog that it will be me. Well, here goes. It’s time to light the match and with a tear in my eyes spark the embers and burn this thing to the ground.
Sadly, I have made the decision and the time has come for me to retire from blogging. I’m not quitting, never quitting. I have scars from all the times that I have fallen, some you can see, others are etched on my soul and hidden but I am still here, still fighting the good fight and getting by day by day.
For blogging, it’s not quitting, it’s letting go of something good before it turns into something negative and it is time for me to ride off into the sunset and leave behind TTBG.
I could write an essay about all my issues with regards to my blog, bloggers, the community, authors and certain snowflakes who take offence at things but it seems unfair, detrimental and pointless and it’s easier for me to sum up my thoughts and feelings in one single sentence, simply put, I have lost my smile.
Blogging is no longer fun for me, the passion has gone and it has become a chore, I struggle to write anything that could be classed as even a halfway decent blog post and I know my reviews are shockingly bad. I don’t want to churn out constant sub-standard content just to keep blogging when my heart isn’t in it, it would be unfair to the authors, publishers, myself and most of all, you, my readers as you would be the ones having to read the garbage that I write.
I have always struggled to conform to the perceived blogger stereotype and I hope that you will remember me as someone who railed against the conformist approach to both blogging and being a blogger. I tried to forge my own path and I hope that I have succeeded. Who knows, my blog name might live on and one-day TTBG might even make it into the blogging hall of fame as a blog that helped pave the way for showcasing that a blog should be an extension of a bloggers personality, that as a blogger you should feel like you can write posts how you want instead of pandering to the masses and that it is OK to be different.
What this means. Well, I still have a few blog tours to take part in and I’ll honour my responsibilities for those as I’m a decent guy but apart from that, I’m done and I’m walking away. Drew has left the building.
I worked hard on this blog and I won’t delete it. I’ll leave it out there on the Internet consigned to the realm of abandoned, forgotten and retired blogs so that people can stumble upon it from time to time and maybe even so that every once in a while I can look in on my blog myself for old times’ sake and think ‘yeah, you didn’t do too badly as a blogger Drew, not too badly at all‘.
For two years blogging has been a large part of my life and it seems rather poetic that on the same day as my blog was born it also comes to an end.
Thank you to all those who have followed, liked, commented, read and shared my posts throughout these two years I appreciate it and I wish you all the best in the future.
A massive thanks to those who I would class as my blogging friends, I’m pleased to have become acquainted with you.😀
Happy reading and hopefully someday I’ll see you all around quoted in the books that I read.
Sorry to disappoint you all but I’m not going anywhere.
Yep, I’m sticking around!
I’ve almost stopped laughing after amusing myself by fucking with you all!😂😂😂
C’mon, it was funny! I can almost picture your faces whilst you were reading it! You were probably thinking ‘good riddance to him and his shitty blog, he’s finally fucking off‘.
Yeah, I’m evil!😀
OK, I’ve finished laughing now, so, how did I do? Was it a suitable retirement speech?
I bet I’m the only blogger who chose to celebrate their blogging anniversary by writing an ‘I’m retiring‘ post. Told you, I’m different and I beat to my own drum! I don’t polish my own halo, well, maybe I do but only in private but sure, beating my own drum, that’s what blogging is for!😉
Damn! Two years! I was shocked when I reached one year of blogging and I thought that was a tremendous achievement but two years! Holy shit! I never expected to be blogging for this long! I am legitimately shocked that I’ve kept TTBG going for two whole years, wow!
I really didn’t know what type of post to write to celebrate the anniversary and I even thought of letting it pass with no post at all but then I thought what type of post will no-one have written to commemorate the birth of their blog? And the answer was a retirement post!😂😂😂
I have achieved far more than I ever thought possible with my little blog, far far far more! I never expected anything when I started, no followers, no readers, nothing! But miraculously I managed to gain followers, blogging friends, readers, page views, books, even a couple of quotes and over the course of two years I have managed to actually become a blogger instead of just someone playing at being one.
Sincerely, this time, to everyone who has ever ever followed, liked, commented, read and shared my posts and to all those I’ve gotten to know through blogging thank you for being you and for supporting both me and my blog.
And of course, a huge thumbs-up to me for keeping this sordid place of nonsense and debauchery going for two years, you rock Drew, good job!👍
Here’s the classic and rather aptly titled nu-metal tune Down with the Sickness by Disturbed.
To end here’s another classic nu-metal tune Here to Stay by Korn.
Cheers to more posts, more cool shit, more fucking with people and lots more fun! 🙂
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