(OK mantis, you're right, including this post it is 2 more things.)
A quick note first: Apparently I was too pithy in my original post about why I was "retiring" from Wizbang. (or whatever proper noun you want to put on it.) I've gotten a number of mails and basically they fall into 2 camps. 1) I'm overreacting by leaving or 2) telling me to ignore Ace and reconsider.
Both sorta miss the mark. Let me explain.
I know it's a figure of speech but I meant it quite literally when I said "It just ain't fun any more." I really did mean for it to be taken at face value.
I know many of you have experienced blogger burn out. (or know someone who has) Well, I did that over a year ago and didn't take the hint then. [For those of you who are not bloggers it is a lot of work, even if you're a part timer like me. Appreciate the efforts of the bloggers you read.]
Today's episode was just the proverbial straw. A big freaking straw but a straw nonetheless. As Allah said, "It was a bad week for the blogosphere." And I hope he's right. I hope for the sake of the blogosphere it was a week and not a trend.
But we've all seen what has happened in the last 14 days or so. (Jeff, Seixon et al) If the blogosphere has devolved to the point where personal destruction is sport, well, that's just a few more straws.
And I don't have to tell many of my readers that life after Katrina was about 3 truck loads of straw too, so that's in the mix.
Which actually brings me to the point of this post.
For those left wondering by my cryptic post, yes this is it for me. It was not a rash decision, in fact you could say it's been on my to-do list for a while. Short of something like another 9/11 or something like that, I'm done. I only have one post left in the hopper.
I've been working on a post for several weeks about the failure of the floodwalls in New Orleans that will probably shock anyone who had even remotely followed the story. - And potentially change your whole view of the storm.
It's an incredibly compelling piece and it would be a shame to waste my effort on it.
Finally, I'm not good at the mushy stuff so let me stumble thru it by saying thanks to Kevin and that I love the whole Wizbang crew and the best of luck to you guys in the future. (was that lame enough?)
Kevin adds: If you don't have anything nice to say, just move along. This is for farewells. Anything even hinting of rudeness will be deleted.