Closing Shop

This blog ran from July 28, 2003, through July 27, 2009. A full six years. 2190 days.1

There is really not a lot to say at this point; I believe I have said enough, and I’m sure that you would agree.

I am grateful for every single reader that has ever read anything on this blog, and those that actually returned for seconds (or more), a truly remarkable act of kindness and patience, there are no words that suffice or qualify your readership, except — again — thank you.

This is the single greatest project I have ever worked on, and it lasted much, much longer than I would have ever imagined.2 Some of my favorite posts were those that were somewhat self-reflective, those in which I courageously tore away the veil that was politics (my first and lasting love), and discussed the act — or as I call it, the art — of blogging,3 and nothing is more revelatory than A Blogger Manifesto, in which I confess, and its earnest continuation, Part Two. (The third installment will never be released, although it is mostly written, and I assure you it’s captivating.)

I will generously leave you with words of wisdom — er, my words of wisdom, but what do you expect at this point? — selectively culled from my 2,001st post on this blog…4

The world is flat, they once said. But they were wrong, unless you consider a polar surface to be flat, in which case, they were right. I’m a fan of Cartesian space, do not get me wrong, and I always assume Euclidean geometry, for simplicity, but in some cases, the two do not represent reality.

I think that says everything about me and this blog (and my writing) in as concise a way as is humanly possible.5

This blog did not take me to the promised land, but it was me (for better and, admittedly, for worse) — it was what I thought, how I felt, and what I did (although I probably did just that for just too long). This blog was a rambling rant, a coherent analysis, a fantastical wonderment. It is what it is; now, what it was. And it’s been fun.6

Enjoy the archives, and thank you for reading.7

— Jeff, a blogger. [27 July 2009]

  1. A senate term.
  2. This blog could have continued in perpetuity, but that is not the point. Everything comes to an end. It is true. It’s an “intuitive rule in physics and mathematics,” and I have long argued that this blog conforms to the laws of physics.
  3. Blogging about blogging itself, almost metastasized meta, in a way, of sorts.
  4. This blog reached 2925 posts. My baseball post on three thousand not being important was a metaphor for this blog not reaching that next plateau (however artificial that threshold may be). When you push aside all the fluff posts — a considerably-large number — I’d be nearing two thousand, not three, maybe fifteen hundred substantive posts.
  5. Humanly possible.
  6. If I had to do it all over again, I’d only do it slightly different, and I mean that in a big way.
  7. I obviously retain the right to return, and provide additional commentary or announce the release of my book. That goes without saying, except it is said.

8 Responses to “Closing Shop”

  1. Ok :: reyonthehill Says:

    I’ll stop now.

  2. "dont post this" Says:

    a very sad and humbling moment in time. A moment that should be cherrished with silence for years to come. “you will be missed….o’bearer of blogglistic fruit, you will be missed.” We shall all await the A&E biography and possibly the E-true hollywood story.

    Best Regards,
    Don’t post this

    Don’t post this will continue to comment on various topics including politics, sports, and pop culture.

  3. rey corp saved my life Says:

    rey corp and rey on the hill has been a part of my life for over 5 years. With each door that closes, something bigger and better evolves. Is there a future in politics or media related political debate for Rey on the Hill? That is the question that all of us are asking and we’ll be waiting in the wind.
    Rey corp saved my life! 5 times in 5 years.

  4. charles degaul swanson Says:

    I think one of the most brilliant moments was Rey on the hill’s bold stance in the case of Hercules Vs. Walmart. That was the stuff movies are made of… this case, probably a mini-series. It was potent, powerful and demonstrated the necessary leadership required in these testing times. I appreciate your commitment to excellence.

  5. pepe' Says:

    this moment reminds me of the last scene in “The Truman Show”……when Jim Carrey says……..”good morning, good evening, and goodnight!” I do not feel that we have seen the last of this creative mind called Rey on the Hill!
    Paul Pepe’ Soper

  6. Richard Nuetra Says:

    I’ve read many bloggs over the years, many more books, and many many more complex scientific texts. The best part of Rey’s pedigody was grounded in the intricate balance of science, art, and humor. These three elements are like a chemical reaction, when mixed incorrectly, can cause a disasterous explosion. But when when they are combined with skill of sergeon, the hands of a master craftsman, they can unleash the most powerful concoction that heals the human soul, the heart, a nation. From a scientist to a leader, my humble thanks to Rey on the Hill.

  7. Congo Philips Says:

    I’ve never seen Rey personally but if I’d had to guess at his appearance, I would probably say I visualize him as a paul newman type character standing proudly behind a podium speaking to the township crowds. Or a john lennon type…either one!

  8. Rosalie Friederich Says:

    Ahh real sports and baseball. One of the ideas I enjoy most about it is that one can speak endlessly about the game, ideas and statistics are never ending.