In the last 48 hours, I've learned of two blogs -- sites which I would have described as considerably popular -- shuttering their doors and calling it a day. Both blogs have been around for 7 or 8 years, long enough that it was easy to imagine that they would never disappear. For this reason, the fact that both have come to an end came as a bit of a shock.
I said as much to one of the authors, my friend Jason.
"How do you feel?" I asked on Twitter.
"Weird," he responded. "Sad. But ultimately, good."
Sad-but-ultimately-good. This is what you would hope to hear, I think, from someone who had made the considered decision that it was time to move on, to evolve: sadness about an ending, but ultimately good about a new beginning.
This past year was a lovely one for me -- full of lots of concentrated family time, but also some serious adventure time. I'm incredibly grateful. So as we enter the last few weeks of the year, I'm feeling a bit sad to see 2013 go.
But ultimately, I know it's good. And while I might not know exactly what I'm doing around here, I know it's time to make room for 2014.*
I'm looking forward to it.