Part of the Phone Calls to Julie Series
WP: Hello, WordPress technical support, this is Julie, how can I help you today?
ME: Hi Julie, this is Steve from Brown Road Chronicles, thank you for taking my call today.
WP: Hi Mr. Warner… you’re welcome, how can I help you today?
ME: I think I’m done.
WP: You think you’re done?
ME: Yes, I think I’m done.
WP: Ummm…. done with what?
ME: I think I’m done with my blog.
WP: Okay… uhhhh…. so can I help you with something today?
ME: Well, I just didn’t know what to do when I was done.
WP: Well Mr. Warner, you can close it down, or you can leave it up so others can still find and read your posts. But why do you think you’re done?
ME: Well, I just haven’t been spending much time writing. Have you read my blog recently?
WP: Yes, I read every time you post. Maybe you’re just in a slump. All bloggers get into a writing slump sometimes.
ME: No, I’ve been in a slump before, I know what that’s like. I think this time I’m really done. I think this blog has served its purpose. It was a good blog and every good blog, just like every good book has to have an ending, right?
WP: Yes, I guess so…
ME: Well, I think it’s time to give this blog its ending. I want to do other things now. Maybe I’ll start another blog, or maybe I’ll keep working on my tyme4rhyme.com site. But right now I’m ready for a break. Plus, there’s only so many poop, fart and sex jokes out there. Remember when I called you about BOOBS? That was funny, right?
WP: I didn’t find it funny at the time, but yes, looking back it’s funny.
ME: You’ll be happy to know, I haven’t checked my stats page in weeks.
WP: That’s good…
ME: You know, Julie, this blog really changed my life. I’ve met a ton of really cool people, some have come and gone. Others, hopefully I can stay in touch with. It taught me the power of blogging and social media. It was therapeutic at times and it once again, reminded me that I can have a creative side to my life. That had been missing for a very long time. On the other hand, sometimes it was a headache worrying about it and constantly trying to come up with something worthy to write about. But I think I’ve said all I need to say here and I’ve always known I didn’t want to be one of those bloggers that just vanished without anyone knowing where they went.
WP: Yes, that happens often… well if you need help closing it down, I can help with that.
ME: No, that’s okay. I think I’ll leave it up for a while so others can still read it. A good book doesn’t go away once the author’s done writing, right?
WP: Yes, you’re right… then you could always come back to it if you wanted to.
ME: Like Brett Favre?
WP: Hahahahaha… yes like Brett Favre.
ME: We’ll, I don’t think so but you never know. It was a good blog, wasn’t it?
WP: Yes it was… is there anything else I can help you with? We’re very busy today and the phones are ringing…
ME: Ummm… uhhhh… no, I don’t think so… I guess this is my last call.
WP: Mr. Warner… I’m going to hang up now.
ME: Ummmm… okay…. uhhh… wait, Julie?
WP: Yes, Mr. Warner?
ME: Thanks for reading my blog.
WP: You’re welcome. I wish you the best.
ME: Okay, goodbye.
WP: Thank you for calling WordPress. Goodbye.
To all my friends: Thank you all for reading and commenting. This was an amazingly fun ride, full of humor and heartbreak, happiness and sadness, seriousness and goofiness all wrapped up in 229 posts plus many more that were never worthy of hitting the PUBLISH button. I couldn’t possibly list all the bloggers that I have interacted with over the last several years. There is a core group of you though, that I feel like I know better than some of the folks in my “real life”. Hopefully you know who you are and its been your friendships and interactions that have made this journey the most worthwhile. If you have not yet found me on Facebook and Twitter (@stevetwarner) and you want to, please look me up.
I will tell you all that ending a blog is not for the faint of heart. But I’ve been considering this for a long while and I think the time is right for me to retire Brown Road Chronicles. I don’t know what I will do next on the writing front. I have recently joined a small writers group of folks in my area that write stories for kids and meets once a month, so I suspect they will keep me on my toes. Maybe there will be another blog in my future. Other than that, we’ll just see what happens next. I promise though, that I will continue to write, continue to pick my guitar and sing songs, continue to raise two beautiful teenagers, continue to love my amazing wife, continue to sit around my fire pit, continue to drink too much wine and continue to own goats!
Best wishes to all of you!