With a Heart Full of Thanks, One Blogger’s Farewell
When you write for a living, you start to take for granted the ability to find the right words. I’ve used words to interview top experts in specialty fields, to relate exciting professional accomplishments and to share my life happenings with interested people around the world. I’ve used words to tell stories, to communicate ideas, and to befriend extraordinary members of the SEM community.
So it’s a strange feeling right now to be wrestling with words, to be unsure of the words that will do justice to this particular moment. I suppose that when words fail, one can only rely on instincts and feelings to guide them. So from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the readers who have found value in my words, who have shared their own stories and insights and who have, along the way, touched my life.
It’s with mixed emotions that I report my final day as blogger and podcaster at Bruce Clay, Inc. is Friday. My time at this company has been full of lessons, surprises and proud achievements. I discovered skills I never knew I had. I count passions that I never before imagined. I’m smarter, savvier and feel more successful than I’ve ever been. All because of this company and this community and you, the reader.
It may be because of this essential confidence that I’ve decided to undertake an adventure. Next week I’m staking a claim in Brooklyn, New York. I’m being driven to that bright Big Apple by an unpredictable yet undeniable alignment of the stars. There aren’t many times in life when a person is uninhibited by obligations of family or finance.
When a room in my sister’s house became available for rent, I recognized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with my favorite woman in the world and to satisfy a nagging desire for independence and exploration. I’m going with just a suitcase and an address. But more significantly, I’m venturing out with years of industry experience, a rich body of work, and a network of friends and colleagues who have proven time and again that the best things in life present themselves when you follow your passions.
My deepest appreciation goes out to those in the industry who provided their support, advice and time in my more than two and half years at Bruce Clay, Inc. I’m indebted to the man, Bruce Clay, for seeing the potential in a fresh J-school graduate and for pouring into me his knowledge and trust. To Susan, here again I’ll fumble with the words to express how your wisdom, understanding, humor and wit has opened my eyes and enriched my life, both personally and professionally. And thanks and gratitude to everyone at the company whose generous counsel and guidance helped me stand proud where I find myself today, with the genesis and 127 episodes of a podcast as well as countless blog posts under my belt. You know who you are.