Friday, August 4, 2017

I Bid You All A Very Fond Farewell

My dear, dear friends and readers:

It has been 2 years, 1 month, and 13 days since I first launched Lover of Lembas.

I can actually remember the day pretty clearly--I had just finished my school year three days prior and was looking forward to a long summer.

I was thinking about Lord of the Rings as I normally did at that time and my family was lounging around the house enjoying a nice Sunday evening.

I knew they weren't in the mood to chat about my most recent obsession, so I tried not to bother them.

I logged onto my school Google account where I remembered seeing the Blogger feature and had run two very small book blogs for a couple months.

Maybe someone on the internet would be interested in talking about Lord of the Rings?

2 years, 1 month, and 13 days later, I have met quite a few people willing to talk about the Lord of the Rings; people who knew a lot more than I did, people who thought about things in a different way and shared their opinions and interpretations with me.

After 335 posts exclusively about The Lord of the Rings, I wrote my first post--The Infinity Dreams Award--not particularly about that subject.

Slowly but surely I began to write about all kinds of things I love: my Les Miserables phase, my Phantom of the Opera phase, tons of book reviews, my favorite movies and general life experiences.

Lover of Lembas had become a personal blog that was a place for me to share my life and communicate with people who I otherwise never would have met.

Soon I had enough viewership to host a giveaway and was able to send a reader a Lord of the Rings coloring book.

The blog went through so many phases and different changes in design and concept.  It was always changing and molding, though having such a constant way of writing for the past 2 years, 1 month, and 13 days has been something that hasn't changed in awhile.

These next couple months are going to be so weird, then.

You see, Lover of Lembas has had it's run.  It's accomplished it's goal.  It went from a half-baked scheme and random idea on a Sunday afternoon, but it never died.  This is one of the longest-lasting projects I have ever pursued and, hey, I'm not gonna hide it: I'm really proud of what I've done.

That makes it really hard to say what I'm going to say next.

I will be removing Lover of Lembas on September 2nd.

You can't imagine what a strange change this is going to be for me.

I will deeply miss posting every day, talking to all you wonderful readers, reading all your beautiful blogs and thinking of ways to improve my own blog.

I'm close to tears!

The reality is that Lover of Lembas has had it's run and going forward, I need to begin to eliminate as many concerns in my life and that includes worrying about a daily blog post.

I know for sure that I will never forget Lover of Lembas and it will always have a special and fond place in my memory.

I really don't know how I can do justice to the end of this era in my life, really.  I can't think of any words that adequately convey the deep gratitude and extreme happiness I take in the memories around this blog.

Lover of Lembas will end in the same way it began: in dedication to J.R.R. Tolkien and all he has done and how he has effected my life.  I chose September 2nd as the date to permanently log Lover of Lembas off the web in memory of Tolkien.  It's a small gesture, but it's symbolic for me.

I can't go without saying goodbye, so I encourage you all to leave a comment and let me say my final goodbyes to each of you personally!

I truly don't know what to say.  I will miss this place immensely and my new friends most of all.

I suppose I'll let Tolkien finish things for me, since he seems to have a way with words ;)

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.