David, are you trying to get rid of me?
Seriously, I agree that all bloggers think about “the end,” even if fleetingly, at one point or another during the lifetime of a blog.
Sometimes, their blog has lived a very long time, and the author has simply had the opportunity to say everything he or she wanted to say.
Sometimes they write that final post because they are tired or frustrated.
Sometimes they write it because a better opportunity has come up, somewhere else.
Sometimes they write such a post for the sake of posterity, I suppose.
Usually, as I said, however, that thought is fleeting.
But there is something, perhaps, in the very nature of blogging that makes a writer want to have the last word, and grant the ongoing journal some sense of closure…like finishing a (really long...) book, for example.
I always wonder: what happened?
Is the blogger still with us? What made him or her give up writing?
Too many really fine blogs have ended in that fashion.
Writing it now wouldn't reflect or be true to the journey I described.
So I can tell you, definitively, I haven't written a final post.
Things could always change for me (like the end of Net-Neutrality; the creation of a tiered-Internet that relegates my blog to a slow lane...), but right now, I don't foresee the end.
If readers keep coming, I'll keep writing..
On that front, my blog audience has changed or rolled over three or four times in the nearly 13 years since I started. Those who read it now aren't necessarily those who started with it. Some folks have outgrown me, I guess, and some new folks have found my work and become regular, current readers.
The numbers wax and wane. I'll have a great year, then I have a flat year, then a better year. My blog has never been a big, flashy "it" blog or boutique destination, but it doesn't have to be, either. I'm just happy to have a platform to write, every single day, and I'm delighted to have a consistent, lovely, intelligent readership.
I am a full-time instructor at a community college for a year now (teaching film, among other subjects), so it has become harder to blog every single day, multiple times, but that doesn't mean that I plan to stop blogging. Some weeks, I have to rely on a rerun post or too, to get through.
But honestly, there's too much exciting stuff happening, and I enjoy blogging too much to entirely stop. A new Star Trek series, new Twin Peaks and more X-Files (season 11!) are all on the way.
So I may not always blog 1400 times a year every year from here to eternity, but nor do I imagine just stopping cold.
Therefore, I hope you'll still be reading...and I promise not to spring "the end" on you. At this moment, I have 737 blog posts banked in the queue.
And in the meantime, perhaps I'll devote some mental energy to what my last post might look like...but probably not.
I'll tackle that on the day the end comes.