About a week ago, I started a list of people and companies I’m grateful to. At some point, the list became overwhelming. Twelve years (I’m rounding up by four months or so, but I don’t think anyone is really surprised to have me exaggerate) of people being unbelievably nice to you can make creating a “gratitude list” almost impossible.
So I’m setting aside the list and am instead going to thank the people I really owe thanks to: my readers. You.
I love writing, but I am not content to write for myself. I need to know people read and enjoy what I write. And for twelve years, you’ve been here for me. Whether you’ve commented or put me in your RSS feed or just come back to the site on a regular basis, you’ve been here for me.
But you’ve done more for me than just read.
When I was in the most difficult part of my life — when Susan was suffering from and, eventually, dying from cancer — you read and commented in unimaginable numbers. I used this blog to express and document pain and death, and you stuck with me and supported me.
Even more, you changed me and my worldview. Until this tragedy, I had never really gotten behind a cause. In response to some prodding from readers, I experimented with asking you to fundraise with me, and you did. And you still do.
Together, you’ve raised well over three million dollars for charity. You’ve made me realize that people, when given a chance, want to do good. You’ve transformed me into a positive person.
Thank you for that, too.
The End…But Not The End
It’s pretty obvious, I expect, that this is my last post on FatCyclist.com. There are a number of reasons I’m ready to stop posting here. Most of them have to do with energy and priorities.
But here’s the thing: I am not done writing. I still have stories and jokes I want to tell. Races I want to report on. Charities I care about and want to help.
I’m going to keep doing all this. But I won’t be doing it on my own anymore.
Starting now, I’m going to be posting over at Red Kite Prayer. What I want, when I want, and in the company of my Paceline podcast co-hosts Patrick Brady, Michael Hotten, and the rest of the RKP crew.
Also, my entire blog archive is being ported over to RKP. You’ll still be able to find it here (at least, until I forget to renew my domain), but it’s good to know that my favorite posts will live on.
But Still, Of Course, The End
Even so, of course, this is a big change. I will miss writing here sometimes, I’m sure of it.
But mostly, I’m grateful. You have been wonderful readers for a dozen years, and I will always think of you as my friends.
PS: Like with all my posts, the comments section here will be open for a few weeks, then close. Please know that I do (and have always) read all my comments. After comments close, you can get in touch with me at my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.