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Chasing The American Dream

October 16, 2007


Last Show, Mary Tyler Moore, March 1977

Closing time. Time for you to go out, go out into the world.
So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits, I hope you have found a friend.
Closing time. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

Lyrics by Semisonic.

On the verge of my three-year blogging anniversary, I have announcement to make. Yes folks. Sadly, after nearly three years and 400 posts, it’s time. There are a lot of reasons why, but basically it boils down to two. First, I’m going to dedicate myself to finishing my book and putting out a quality proposal. I need to do this. Even if I don’t get discovered, I need to say to myself that I tried and did everything I could. So I will be devoting all of my writing time to the book. Secondly, my primary reason for blogging, thankfully, doesn’t exist anymore. Three years ago, I was a real mental mess. Life was throwing curve ball after curve ball and I was swinging and missing at each one. It all became overwhelming. You know the stories; no reason to rehash them here. I desperately needed an outlet to vent. My therapist suggested I use my creative side and write. Greek and Kvetch introduced me to blogging, and the rest as they say is history.

I think I’ve come a long way as a person these past three years. I think I’m a better person and certainly a lot happier. I know myself a lot better. Oh sure, I still suck at dating and figuring out women, but how many of us are truly good at that anyway? I still have a few stories to tell before I go, and I’ll continue writing until the end of the year. And at some point, I will be back.

I really never expected anyone to read this blog. The response has been very satisfying for me. Although these numbers represent one day’s traffic in Greek’s world, I can’t believe I’ve had over 160,000 hits and nearly 65,000 reads. And I’ve ‘met’ so many wonderful people out here. I truly want to thank those of you who have been with me and put up with me pretty much from the start. I could never have imagined making such great friends along the way. Don’t be strangers and always keep in touch. So special thanks to BBB, Belle, Cat, GFF, Greek, Miss Midwestern, and Sass. I think perhaps it’s fitting that my first post started with a Mary Tyler Moore quote and this post shall, too. In the last episode of the seven-year series, big tough Lou Grant uttered these famous words to his newsroom friends and colleagues, “I treasure you people.”

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  • good luck plantation. We'll be looking for you on Amazon

    By Blogger dwb, at 8:01 PM, October 16, 2007  

  • Sad for me. Happy for you. XOXOX

    By Blogger A, at 9:24 AM, October 17, 2007  

  • I even knew this was coming, but it still saddens me! You will be dearly missed! But good luck and Godspeed on the book! I hope we will stay in touch! By the way, where have you been? I thought we had a standing e-coffee date monday morning? ;)

    By Anonymous Libby, at 2:35 PM, October 17, 2007  

  • Oh my gosh. I was worried this was coming when your posts slowed down. I miss your posts already and it truly feels like the end of an era. You were one of the first blogs I started with and it's sad you're moving on, but I am so excited for you. Please please please keep in touch!

    By Blogger girl from florida, at 3:52 PM, October 17, 2007  

  • I have been an avid reader of your postings for quite a while and will miss hearing about your adventures. You have also turned me on to some good music groups that I wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise...well, I may have heard them eventually, but I heard it here first!!! Good luck with your book.

    By Anonymous Terri in Tennessee, at 1:04 PM, October 18, 2007  

  • **gasp** ...gimme a moment here...*gasp gasp*...while I try...*sob, sob, sob*...to regroup my thoughts.
    I have been loyal. I come on here every.single.day. I don't know...*sob, sob*... what I'm going to do. Oh Todd, please say this isn't true.

    You know I'm just kidding. Seriously, whatever you choose, I understand and wish you the very best --- YOU DESERVE EVERY BIT OF IT!


    By Blogger catsteevens, at 1:15 PM, October 18, 2007  

  • Yes, Stephanie's stats may exceed yours however that is because of her wonderful book and once yours is out you can count on a plenty of bandwidth consumption!

    By Blogger January, at 10:42 PM, November 26, 2007  

  • Thank you one and all for your nice comments and readership.

    By Blogger Plantation, at 10:54 PM, November 26, 2007  

  • So I thought I would leave another "I'm gonna miss this blog and I already do" comment! That and I haven't heard fom you in a while and there is something I would like your feedback on, so when you get this, message me on myspace and I will fill you in. Happy Hanukah!

    By Anonymous Libby, at 4:18 PM, December 05, 2007  

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