How Firm Thy Friendship

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April 11, 2014 at 10:24a

Well my friends, it's time to head on down the road. I don't know how many of you noticed that I did not post anything in my usual Wednesday 1:30 PM time slot this week, but the reason for it is because I'm leaving the site, and the world of blogging in general.

It's been a good run. Jason invited me to do a guest post back in 2008 and I became a member of the staff around this time of the year in 2009. Over the past five years, I've written quite a few flashback posts and a lot of other miscellaneous types of articles. I've gone to all of the Eat Too Brutus tailgates and to both of the Drink Too Brutus nights prior to last year's Gold Pants fundraiser. It's all been great fun and it's been an honor to be a part of it.

The reason I'm calling it quits now, less than a month prior to my 50th birthday, is complicated. My seventh child was born in September and my oldest is still only sixteen, so the time necessary to put together a good piece of writing must by necessity come at the expense of family time or sleep. Still, I could find the time, but I find that I don't love doing it anymore.

Don't get me wrong, I still love Ohio State sports, but I don't love blogging. And I have too many things going on right now to spend time doing something that I don't love. I have found a new enthusiasm for my job and all of the stuff related to it. So I would rather spend my research time looking for creative ways to write test automation code in Ruby than spend it reading sports articles doing research for a story.

I want you to know how much I have appreciated all of you and your comments over the years. There have been some pretty lively discussions, and I've had a great time with it. I would like to say a special thanks to Hodge, with whom I've had several great conversations.

I would like to thank Jason for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this great staff, and for his friendship over the years. I would also like to thank the other writers, especially Chris and Ramzy, for helping me by providing great examples. It's a special group of guys (and Aubrey is pretty special too).

In the end, I was only one writer among many, and the site is now better than it's ever been. Someone else will take up the flashbacks in the fall, and they'll probably do it better. That is the way of things.

So as I depart, I just want to sing that old familiar chorus once more, with just a hint of a tear in my eye: time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship O-HI-O.

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