I've thought about this, my last post on Fire Confidential, for a few weeks now. I always thought I would go out with something poetic. Something heartfelt. That didn't work out. It wasn't for lack of trying (I literally wrote, deleted, re-wrote and re-deleted a version of this post for 2 hours yesterday). But I couldn't do it. No sophisticated words could describe how I feel about leaving this blog. So, last night, after a few hours of frustration and countless keystrokes, I decided that I would write this entry today.
Which leaves me here. It's 4:01 p.m. on Friday. Way too late to in the week to be doing this. I guess my denial sparked some procrastination. But hey, at least I know what I want to say now...
When I first started this blog in May of last year, I was clueless. I
was 18 years old, had four months of journalism experience under my
belt, and couldn't write (or report) to save my life. But the blog
(and me) has grown a lot in the past 11 months. What started out as a
small-time operation has morphed into a site with a real community.
The comments that you all post every day (apart from keeping me on my
toes) have been a joy to read. I love hearing your takes on the Fire
and I'm very glad that I've been able to stimulate a little discussion
about this beautiful game that we all love so much.
In the end, I owe pretty much everything to you guys -- the readers. I know that at times I haven't been the best, but you put up with me and I greatly appreciate that. I've tried my hardest and -- though I've gone through a few growing pains -- I hope I was able to provide you with coverage that you enjoyed. I know I had a great time.
And though this is pretty much the end for me at Fire Confidential, the blog itself will (happily) remain. Guillermo Rivera (who we all know as Guillermo from the comments section) will be taking over the blog and I trust that he will do a great job. So keep coming back! I know I'll be checking it out each and every day. I might even provide a comment or two every now and then.
And -- for the last time -- I wanted to let you all know that I'll be reporting and writing about the Fire over at MLSsoccer.com. I know the site has had quite a few technical issues in its opening week (those will hopefully be solved shortly) but I hope that doesn't stop you from coming over.
Thanks again. I had a blast. I'm really, really going to miss this. All of it.