The End…?

S. Dillinger writes:

Hey, I was wondering if you could share some of your stats info with us. Like just how many readers stay current, or do you find more people finish the blog and move on once they get up to speed.

I saw someone mention that you’d been name dropped on a radio station, I was curious as to how many others have shared your blog that are in a position to have a lot of listeners/followers check out your project.

Also, do you see an end to this thing in the near future now that you’ve acomplished some of your goals. I mean do you plan to stop blogging and just continue a normal life filled with conversations with strangers?

Side note: I tell tons of people about this thing, you’ve done a great thing here and have helped many, even if it’s something as simple as a conversation about the weather, it’s a good thing.

Thanks for the kind words and spreading the love.

It’s hard to say if people are sticking around or if they leave and are replaced by new people, but the numbers have been pretty steady over the last several months. The only “public” mentions of the blog that I know of were a couple of times where a celebrity tweeted about it. Someone invited me to do a radio interview a while back but I didn’t accept and I don’t know if they mentioned me anyway.

To answer the big question, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and the answer is yes, I am going to end the blog in June. It’s been very time consuming with work and my new boss, and I know a lot of people are going to be upset when it ends, but ultimately, I think it’s served its purpose, especially for me. And besides, I think that ending it on my wedding day will be a nice poetic close to this saga.

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12 Responses to The End…?

  1. Alex C says:

    Very poetic! It’s been a great ride Fletcher, but you have every right to move on.

    Still… I know a lot of us wouldn’t say no to the VERY occasional post… you know, for monumental things. Even if it meant only one post every couple months, it would be cool to be able to get broad-strokes updates.

    PS– When are you actually getting married? My wedding is June 2nd :)

  2. Mirko says:

    Thanks Fletcher for all your posts.
    Take care and have a good life.

  3. me says:

    I am sad that the blog will be disappearing as it has brought me a lot of entertainment and motivation to try something simular myself. I have read it from the very beginning, and although I am sad, I can somewhat understand it. You started off not talking to anyone, and ended up being a centre of social activity, and getting the girl you wanted in the end.

    I hope you do a sort of ‘guide’ or a comprehensive list of what youve learned and what you can take away from it.

    Good luck!

  4. FarmerBrown says:

    Aw come on! You should start a new blog after being married for awhile…..Drinking with Strangers! JUST KIDDING! HA, HA. Congratulations on getting married it’s good for you. You just have no clue as to how many faults you have as a man until your woman lovingly points them out to you. And you still have to take out the trash.

  5. NoAmbition says:

    Well, Fletcher, it does make sense to pull the ripcord before you make a mistake, publish something peripherally related to your married life, and catch a whole bunch of earth-shattering crap for it from your wife … even the most seemingly inconsequential things seem to take on undeserved importance under the microscope of marital strife.

    Still, while the blog has been informative and fun since EG and you got together, that little edginess provided by the glimpses into your relationship life made things that much more captivating, and they’ve been sorely missed since you–understandably–decided to leave that massive part of your life off of the Internet.

    Again, the decision is understood and endorsed, but the cathartic portion of this blog was gone for you and–vicariously–for us readers, and I can see where it would become tiresome to keep up with it. Like all leaders, you blaze a path, show the way, then head off to a well-deserved retirement.

    Enjoy yourself, Sir.

  6. Sheikiah says:

    Man, I’ve been following for some time now, and I gotta say… that your story could motivate many a non-outdoorsman to go out some. Almost like in a movie, you’ve gone from underdog to social tropical storm epicenter as you strove to speak to random people. I am certain that not everything is as simple as this, that you’ve had ups and downs, but your example… Many people think that such a thing is not possible, and here you’ve done it.
    Lots of people are dropping their out-going habits as technology lets them retain that feeling of “company” while they are, in fact, completely lonely. It is heart-warming to see someone making a point of going against that trend.
    My most sincere congratulations.

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